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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


March 28, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

The final report into South Australia’s major blackout has pinned the blame on overly sensitive wind farms

An investigation into a major blackout in South Australia six months ago, which sparked a war of words between the state and federal governments over renewable energy, has found that technical issues led to the network’s breakdown. The 271-page fourth and final report by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) made 19 recommendations to improve network stability as the system transitions to include an increased reliability on renewables. But it blamed the blackout on September 28 primarily on overly sensitive . . .

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March 28, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Lal Lal Wind Farm given green light from planning minister

Construction on the Lal Lal Wind Farm could begin by as early as the end of the year after the state planning minister signed off on changes to the permit on Tuesday. The project which will see turbines installed across two locations in Elaine and Yendon was originally proposed in April 2009. The approved amendment, which was lodged in 2015, will see the total number of turbines reduced from 64 to 60, however the tip height will be increased from . . .

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March 28, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

SA blackouts: wind farm turbines key to power outages, report finds

A key report highlights the problems with South Australia’s high level of renewable generation, finding that control settings on wind farm turbines led to last September’s statewide blackout in South Australia. The fourth and final report by the Australian Energy Market Operator into the September 28 event found wind farm settings “responding to multiple disturbances … led to the Black System”. This is despite South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill repeatedly insisting that renewables had not contributed to any blackouts in . . .

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March 28, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Anger over Ararat Wind Farm payments

A Ballarat contractor has been left thousands of dollars out of pocket after Ararat Wind Farm concreting company SMB Civil went into administration in January. Engineering company Downer employed SMB Civil for concreting work at the Ararat Wind Farm project. Kirby Concrete Company’s Travis Kirby said he was still owed more than $10,000 for work. Mr Kirby, who runs a concrete pumping business in Ballarat, said smaller sub-contractors were too often left unpaid when companies went into administration. “The thing . . .

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March 28, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

AEMO releases final report into SA blackout, blames wind farm settings for state-wide power failure

Overly sensitive protection mechanisms in some South Australian wind farms are to blame for the catastrophic statewide blackout in September last year, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) says. In its fourth and final report into the September 29 blackout, AEMO said it was the action of a control setting responding to multiple disturbances that led to the ‘black system’. The report said the unexpected operation of the control settings resulted in the sudden loss of generation from the wind . . .

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March 26, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

SA electricity crisis: It cost $4.5 million to keep power stable for a day, Australian Energy Regulator report shows

South Australian power consumers have been slugged for a massive $4.5 million price spike for services that stop energy infrastructure from blowing up. The Australian Energy Regulator released a report on Tuesday night into why prices for services which stabilisethe grid exceeded $5000/MWh in SA on October 18 last year. It found that for more than five hours, the cost of the services which regulate frequency soared to more than $11,000/MWh, bringing the total cost for the day to $4.5 . . .

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March 21, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Energy crisis puts the wind up Jay Weatherill

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has lashed out over the state’s energy crisis, claiming Labor’s relentless pursuit of renewables had no impact on the power grid and independent ­advice to government in 2009 warning of destabilisation from increased wind power had been proven wrong. Mr Weatherill, seeking ­re-election in a year, maintained South Australia’s more than 40 per cent mix of wind and solar generation had not played any role in blackouts since the state’s last coal-fired baseload power station . . .

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March 21, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Solving the national power puzzle

To take stock of the twisted fortunes of Australia’s increasingly chaotic electricity predicament, the political photo opportunity provides a useful benchmark. Not long ago, wind turbines were considered the perfect prop against which a hopeful politician could signal his or her forward-thinking good intentions. Not so much today. Big banks of solar panels have become a more recent, if ­arguably less elegant, standby but the game is shifting again. This time to batteries and storage. Unfortunately, there is not much . . .

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March 20, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

SA power: Windfarm standards changed to prevent further blackouts after AEMO recommendation

New windfarms in South Australia will face tougher technical standards, amid concern the state’s heavy reliance on intermittent renewable generators has left the electricity grid prone to collapse. The new standards have been recommended by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to the Essential Services Commission of SA (ESCOSA), which is inquiring into the licence conditions for windfarms, and other technologies which use inverters to connect to the power grid. Interim conditions will require new thermal and renewable generators to . . .

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March 19, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Labor warned wind farms would destabilise energy grid in 2009

The State Government was warned eight years ago that generating more than 20 per cent of South Australia’s electricity using wind farms would destabilise the grid, documents reveal. Senator Nick Xenophon said it proved the state’s power crisis – which prompted Premier Jay Weatherill to announce a $550 million taxpayer-funded energy plan – was “completely avoidable”. Two reports prepared for the Department of Premier and Cabinet in 2009 when the Labor Government was setting a new state-based renewable energy target state that . . .

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