Letters: Energy security, Israel and Budgie Nine - The Australian Financial Review

There is a little discussed reason why we urgently need more renewable energy. It is this: Australia imports nearly all its automotive fuel oils. Petrol is vital to the running of this country, but even more vital is the diesel that moves our trucks ...

Heavy weather and the transition to a 21st century energy system - RenewEconomy

Australia's energy debate hit heavy weather last week following the storms and blackout in South Australia. While the physical storm has passed and the cleanup is well underway, we're yet to emerge from the political tempest that's followed. Many ...

What's really going wrong with electricity? - The Sydney Morning Herald

The extreme weather conditions and 80,000 lightning strikes that thrust South Australia into darkness last week was extraordinary enough; the disingenuous debate it sparked about Australia's changing energy system has been something else again.

How gas generators cashed in and exploited hot water load - RenewEconomy

It's a sign of lazy journalism and it is rampant. Almost all mainstream media – Fairfax, the ABC and of course the Murdoch empire – routinely blame South Australia's high electricity prices on renewable energy. They hardly ever question the role of the ...

Former police chief to lead blackout review - InDaily

The State Government has announced an independent review into last week's state-wide power blackout, to be led by former SA Police Commissioner Gary Burns. David Washington @davidwashingto2. Tuesday October 04, 2016 Jay Weatherill has ...

SA blackout shows we need a nimble electricity grid - Brisbane Times

The blackout of the entire State of South Australia on Wednesday, September 28, was a disastrous incident. The blackout was caused by the loss of up to 23 high voltage pylons in the electricity network by a “once in fifty years” storm. Once that ...

'Multiple faults' led to huge South Australian blackout, preliminary report - The Advertiser

PREMIER Jay Weatherill is staking his future on renewable energy in the wake of a report blaming the state's disastrous blackout on multiple power network faults. The outage was caused by an overloaded interstate electricity interconnector switching ...

Report into SA blackout a Rorschach test for renewables - Crikey (registration)

Was the South Australian blackout caused by renewable energy? The report from the market operator seems to provide ammo for both sides, writes InDaily editor David Washington and journalist Bension Siebert.

More renewables—but 'dumb solar' a looming problem: US energy developer - ABC Online

Yesterday's release of the preliminary report into the state-wide power outage after last week's super storm in South Australia hasn't stopped argument over the role of renewables—especially wind energy—in the crisis. The report—by the Australian ...

Renewable targets on COAG energy agenda - Sky News Australia

State and territory ministers will consider uniform renewable energy targets and a formal review of the national power market at an emergency meeting in the aftermath of the South Australian blackout. Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will head ...

Energy ministers urged to map out strategic response to renewables - The Guardian

A wind turbine near Lake George near Canberra. The business and energy groups said Australia was undergoing a major transition towards a lower carbon emissions economy. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters. Australian politics ...

Energy operator: loss of wind power triggered SA outage - The Australian

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 ...

South Australian blackout: When the lights go out, it's a sign the electricity grid isn't working well - ABC Online

Having all the lights go out in a storm, even a big one, is not a sign of an electricity grid that's working well. And the Australian Energy Market Operator's (AEMO) preliminary report has not yet determined why the whole of South Australia went to ...

South Australia's Blackout Blame Game - The Diplomat

While some pointed to the switch to renewables as the cause, a preliminary report blames the state's “skinny” grid. Bio Pic. By Grant Wyeth for The Diplomat. October 05, 2016. A severe storm that caused a statewide power blackout in South Australia ...

Malcolm Turnbull to put the wind up states over power blackouts - The Australian

The Turnbull government will confront the states over the danger of statewide blackouts at an urgent meeting tomorrow to respond to the outage across South Australia last week, amid a furious political fight over whether wind farms helped cause the ...

Green zealots' renewable targets risk energy security - The Australian

In a First World country such as ours, keeping the power on is the prime responsibility of state governments; increasingly, these days, most Third World governments manage to achieve it as well. Most South Australians left stranded in the dark last ...

Renewable strategy blowing in the spin - The Australian

The nation's renewable energy strategy has officially blown a fuse. Everything is back on the table after an interim report found last week's storm-induced statewide blackout in South Australia was the result of a dramatic, sudden loss of wind power ...

Conservative farm settings blamed for SA energy shutdown - The Australian

Energy insiders believe the settings on software control systems for up to six key South Australian wind farms were “too conservative”, causing them to shut down unnecessarily in last week's storm when they should have continued to operate and generate ...

Coalition's Stunning Hypocrisy – And Ignorance – On Renewable Energy - CleanTechnica

The Coalition appears to have abandoned all pretence that it supports renewable energy, now contradicting assurances by the grid owner and market operator – and now the biggest generator in the country – that the source of energy was not at fault for ...

Allen Hicks: Unfounded criticism of renewable energy in South Australia will scare investors, hurt businesses — and ... - The Advertiser

AS last week's super-storm lashed South Australia, the state fell victim to not one but two major failures. The first involved electricity. Transmission towers bent like reeds in gale-force winds. A series of safety switches were tripped that isolated ...