Escaping electricity blackouts in 2024 will need investment now: Transpower

Escaping electricity blackouts in 2024 will need investment now: Transpower
The rise in wind power has difficult consequences to work through. (Image: DepositPhotos)
Ian Llewellyn
Getting the electricity system through next winter without blackouts will require urgent investment in batteries, demand control and gas-related assets, says national grid operator Transpower.The electricity system operator’s review of winter 2023 said the sector got through the last few months thanks to good management, good luck, ample gas supplies and a wet autumn.However, New Zealand came close to several blackouts as the gap between available generation and demand dropped below Transpower’s comfort levels.Even after the weather...

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