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Transpower's catastrophic calculations may have caused black outs

Ian Llewellyn
Mon, 16 Aug 2021

Electricity lines companies say basic errors causing blackouts could have easily been avoided (Image: Deposit Photos)
Ian Llewellyn
Mon, 16 Aug 2021
Data indicates if it was not for a basic error in allocating scarce electricity, last Monday’s blackouts could have possibly been avoided.Industry data suggests when the national grid operator Transpower sent out its emergency notices just after 7pm on Aug 9, the allocation amounts were based not on actual demand that evening, but on the average annual consumption throughout the year.State-owned enterprise Transpower has already apologised for errors in the calculation which they say made the blackouts more widespread than needed, but sai...

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