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SA Power Networks Ordered To Load Shed As SA Swelters

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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.

SA Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis has questioned why the generator at Pelican Point wasn’t turned on, saying the national market isn’t working.

Opposition leader Steven Marshall says the SA Government's push to reach renewable energy targets has left SA high and dry.

As SA heads into another day of extreme heat, there are no guarantees load shedding won't happen again today.