Energy operator: loss of wind power triggered SA outage #AUS

By National Wind Watch A dramatic loss of wind power helped trigger South Australia’s statewide blackout when the interconnector with Victoria subsequently became overloaded, the first report into the power crisis has revealed. The Australian Energy Market Operator found storms caused multiple transmission faults, ­including the loss of three major 275-kilovolt lines north of Adelaide in the space of 12 seconds. Generation was initially maintained but “following an extensive number of faults in a short period (seconds), 315MW of wind generation disconnected”. “The uncontrolled . . .

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