South Australia experienced a major power outage recently when a severe weather event destroyed three elements of critical infrastructure, which led to the power system protecting itself with a shutdown. The ability to achieve baseload power for a city, state and country is a piece of critical infrastructure that should not fail, and in the fallout of this power outage, many are blaming the shut down of Port Augusta’s Alinta coal fire plant in May and a focus on renewables. What does this mean going forward? Steve and Ben look at this issue caused by an extreme weather event and how the importance of redundancy and back-up systems when it comes to providing power to everyone.
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