Another blackout left 40,000 SA residents without power on one of the hottest days of the year yesterday.
Areas of the Adelaide Hills and Murrylands were again affected by a power outage but this time it wasn’t due to storm damage, it was a directive from the Australian Energy Market Operator.
Just before 7pm SA Power Networks tweeted that they had been directed to load shed, with SA not generating enough power to deal with the demand from people trying to stay cool in the above 40 degree temperatures.
AEMO has instructed us to commence 100MW rotational #load shedding via Govt agreed list due to lack of available generation supply in SA.— SA Power Networks (@SAPowerNetworks) February 8, 2017
SA Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis has questioned why the generator at Pelican Point wasn’t turned on, saying the national market isn’t working.
Power shedding tonight was avoidable. There was sufficient local generation to meet our demand tonight, but AEMO didn't instruct it on! Why?— Tom Koutsantonis (@TKoutsantonisMP) February 8, 2017
Opposition leader Steven Marshall says the SA Government's push to reach renewable energy targets has left SA high and dry.
1/2 Labor's deliberate ideology-driven energy policy undermined the viability of reliable and affordable baseload power in SA. #saparli— Steven Marshall, MP (@marshall_steven) February 8, 2017
2/2 Labor's failed energy policy has delivered the highest priced and least reliable energy in the country. #saparli— Steven Marshall, MP (@marshall_steven) February 8, 2017
As SA heads into another day of extreme heat, there are no guarantees load shedding won't happen again today.