SA Power Networks sets record straight on power outages

There are currently over 25,000 residences without power, predominantly in Adelaide’s East, and along the foothills.

In the wake of recent extreme weather conditions in South Australia, residents have faced a series of power outages that have sparked a flurry of discussions and concerns.

There are currently over 35,000 residences without power, predominantly in Adelaide’s East, and along the foothills.

There have been some misconceptions about the root cause of these disruptions. SA Power Networks has stepped, posting on social media, to forward to clarify the situation and debunk the myths surrounding renewable energy sources and their alleged role in the current power outages.

In the recent status update, SA Power Networks emphasised that the source of power – be it solar, wind, or fossil fuels – is not the culprit behind the outages. Instead, the focus should be on the external factors at play, particularly the severe weather conditions battering the region. From fallen trees disrupting power lines to lightning strikes affecting the network, these are the real reasons behind the loss of electricity, regardless of its origin.

The update also sheds light on the heightened sensitivity of power equipment during bushfire risk conditions, like those experienced today. This increased vigilance, while crucial for minimising potential fire starts, can lead to more frequent power outages in response to faults. In contrast, under normal or even stormy conditions, the settings are less sensitive, reducing the likelihood of disruptions.

SA Power Networks posted the following:

We’ve seen some chatter suggesting today’s power outages are due to solar and wind energy. Let’s clear the air!

It’s not where our power comes from that’s causing outages – whether it’s from the sun, wind, or fossil fuels. It’s what’s happening outside our windows that matters. Think fallen trees on power lines or lightning zapping the network – your power will go out whatever the source!

During bushfire risk conditions, like we have today, equipment is set to immediately disconnect supply in response to a fault to minimise a potential fire start. In normal conditions or even storm conditions these settings are less sensitive and less likely to result in power outages.

The bottom-line is don’t blame renewables for the flickering lights. Blame the weather. Knowing how to be prepared can help reduce the effects on you, your family, home and business.

➡️ Anyone relying on powered medical equipment, must ensure you have a back-up plan in place

➡️ Check that loose items such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured

➡️ Have a battery-powered radio and monitor your local ABC radio station to keep up with the latest weather conditions and emergency warnings

➡️ Stock up on batteries for torches, radios and other equipment

➡️ Keep mobile phones and other devices charged, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and X so that we can keep you updated

For more detailed advice on storm preparedness and how to navigate these challenging conditions, residents are encouraged to visit SA Power Networks’ dedicated webpage.

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