South Australia has been dealing with an energy crisis since last fall when a massive storm blew threw the state. Recovery is still ongoing and their power grid continues to suffer from blackouts, something that the community is actually pinning on wind farms. Despite new gas power plants that are in the works, experts believe it’s only a matter of time before South Australia mostly relies on renewable energy.
The latest massive blackout happened back in February when a heat wave forced many to use more energy at longer times. Green energy didn’t get a good reputation a month later when the Australian Energy Market Operator released a report that blamed wind farms for the power issues throughout the state. The wicked storm shut down nine of 13 turbines at the Hornsdale Wind Farm at the time, pulling a large chunk of capacity out and leaving many without electricity.
Wind generation wasn’t the problem itself. In fact, it was the facility not being ready to undertake such a problem. Around 20 different recommendations were listed on the report, such as improving the Victoria interconnector that is supposed to pull extra energy when a disaster like this happens. Instead, it was triggered offline when such a demand was needed. Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said in The Advertiser that this emphasizes the need for “reliable electricity,” explaining: