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Tel#2160414, posted on September 29, 2016 at 9:53 am

No wonder the power is out. Some of the main lines in the North of SA twisted like liquorice. Near Melrose about 80km from here #SAStorms

No wonder the power is out in the North of SA where the broken transmission lines are headed. Big question as to why the power is out through the entire state though, especially Adelaide metro which has nothing to do with those power lines.

Wind can’t do that but twisting of electrical conductors is what you would expect from a high current surge Birkeland current. Source of the current surge? Ionosphere/Atmosphere/Storm weather etc.

There were also a lot of lightning strikes recorded. I’m not dumping on the South Australians for getting a failure in their network, but I am having a go at people who justify a massive outage based on a single point of failure on a peripheral leg, then use that as an excuse for widespread incompetence.

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Tel #2160404, posted on September 29, 2016 at 9:47 am

The power source is completely irrelevant when transmission lines are down.

Ahhh, well those transmission lines that where were down happened to go into Port Pirie… did you know that? Given that it takes more than 24 hours to fix a mangled transmission line, turns out the people on the end of those particular lines are still getting no power (no surprise there) but that’s NOT the issue everyone is complaining about (nice attempt to muddy up the water).

The problem is that the ENTIRE STATE of South Australia was down, and yeah, it does matter what type of power source you are using because a geographically local spinning coal fired power station is very stable, very well tested and very reliable. When 40% of your local generation capacity is out of action, and you are running on one single interconnect to coal power in another state 100’s of miles away, that DOES MATTER YOU FOOL!

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copperfield#2160245, posted on September 29, 2016 at 12:05 am

Just a moment ago:

SA POWER GENERATION APPROX 653MW

568MW GAS

84MW LIQUID FUEL

1 MW WIND

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Roger#2160674, posted on September 29, 2016 at 1:23 pm

To blame the tower construction is a very long bow.

Paper here, for those technically inclined, on the impact of high intensity wind events on transmission towers.

The layman wonders whether these things should be engineered to higher standards where tornadoes/cyclones are prevalent and a failure impacts a whole grid system? Or if a cost-benefit analysis shows that is not reasonable, at least there must be some way of isolating sections of a grid so a local incident doesn’t shut down the whole thing. As someone pointed out on the open thread last night, a similar event triggered a blackout across the entire eastern US seaboard a few years ago.

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Aussieute#2160614, posted on September 29, 2016 at 12:38 pm

Weatherall said on the radio this morning that: “We can’t control the weather”.

But controlling the climate?

That’s different.

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STATE OF DESPAIR | Daily Telegraph

Milton …

“we have relied too much on wind rather than baseload renewables”

Here’s a newsflash Nick; the only economic base-load renewable is hydro, and SA needs rain, mountains, dams and no Greenies to build hydro.

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