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'Shambolic' August blackouts totally avoidable

Ian Llewellyn
Thu, 25 Nov 2021

'Shambolic' August blackouts totally avoidable
A shambolic process around demand reduction was sole cause of Aug 9 blackouts. (Image: Getty)
Ian Llewellyn
Thu, 25 Nov 2021
A ministerial inquiry into electricity blackouts on the coldest night of the year said they were entirely avoidable as there was enough generation, but a “shambolic” demand reduction process ensured the lights went out.The report led by former energy minister Pete Hodgson said on Wednesday there were a number of problems within the system, but “no household” had to suffer a power cut, which was caused by the system operator issuing notices requiring demand reductions when they were not needed on Aug 9.In the immediate af...

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