The day after the South Australian storms, it was obvious to TMR and anybody with above Gump-level IQ what had happened and why.
After laying out the bare facts relating to South Australia’s energy policy, TMR concluded:
Those that can’t join the dots here need brain transplants.
Most telling is this statement from South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill:
‘This was a catastrophic weather event… they have had cyclones in Queensland that have caused less damage than occurred here,’ Mr Weatherill said.
That’s the point Jay (you nitwit) – you’ve just had a storm which doesn’t even come close to a real cyclone, yet your state’s entire power system has wet itself. Why is that?
Today, The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) further confirms what many of us already knew:
Wind farms were the first domino to fall in a cascade of errors that led to a statewide blackout in South Australia, the Australian Energy Market Operator has found.
In its preliminary report update released this morning. AEMO said nine of 13 wind farms providing power to the state reduced or cut their supply after six voltage disturbances tripped their “ride through voltage” systems as South Australia was lashed by extreme weather conditions on September 28.
With the wind farms reducing their contribution to the system, there was a rapid increase in demand from the Heywood Interconnector, whose automatic protection mechanism triggered, causing it to shut down and isolate South Australia from the rest of the transmission grid linking all of the southern and eastern states.
“The instantaneous loss of 900 MW of supply across the Heywood Interconnector could not be met by the generators remaining online within SA,” AEMO’s report says.
“The sudden and large deficit of supply caused the system frequency to collapse more quickly than the Under-Frequency Load Shedding (UFLS) scheme was able to act, resulting in the SA region Black System.”
The Black System meant the state’s entire electricity system had collapsed, resulting in a statewide blackout that lasted into the night as generators restarted and the interconnector was restored to operation.
Now you would think that there would be some serious questions being asked about relying on wind power to the extent that South Australia has.
Well, not quite.
According to the AEMO, all of this had nothing whatsoever to do with wind power generation. Apparently, it was all simply a matter of some bureaucrats not filling in some registration forms and all of it can be fixed by ‘developing improved settings’ (yes, really):
The market operator said the wind farm control system and its setting was not included in the models of wind turbine operation during registration for the national energy market registration.
[TMR: what is it with these climate leftists and their constantly failing ‘models’].
Because of this, wind farm operators and turbine manufacturers were developing improved settings for AEMO and until they had made changes, they would have their operation limited.
[TMR: isn’t it funny how coal and gas plants don’t have the same issues with their ‘settings’?].
To date, five of the nine farms affected have made changes and returned to normal operation, they said.
Australian Energy Council chief executive Matthew Warren said South Australia was a “living experiment” in how to manage high levels of renewables in modern energy grids.
“While the blackout was caused by a cascading set of events from extreme storms on the day, the most important thing is that we learn from this experience and do everything we can to prevent it reoccurring in the future,” Mr Warren said.
“This is not just about South Australia or wind farms — it is about how we make the transition to a new electricity system.”
AEMO said intermittency in wind power generation was not a material factor in the blackout and only 20MW of wind power was disconnected at the time due to wind gusts exceeding 90km/hr or more.
[TMR: you say what now!?].
This last line is by far the biggest line of junk in the whole report. The AEMO has just told us that South Australia’s wind farms pooped themselves because of a moderate storm – which then caused the interconnector to Victoria to throw a fit and also poop itself – which then instantly converted South Australia into South Sudan.
Straight after saying this, the AEMO then has the temerity to try and say that wind power was ‘not a material factor’? What drugs are these people on?
And what about the price South Australians and businesses are being forced to pay for this negligent experiment – and the price the rest of Australia is paying to bail them out?