South Australia fast-tracks energy plan to dodge blackouts and meet 100% renewables goal

RENEWECONOMY | The South Australia Liberal government has announced a new energy package to ensure the state can reach its target of net 100 per cent renewables by 2030, including a commitment to fast-track a new transmission line to NSW and allowing the market operator to effectively switch off rooftop solar to protect the grid.


The new South Australia Energy Plan has been prompted by new analysis by the Australian Energy Market Operator, which suggests that the growing amount of rooftop solar will mean that the state grid could experience “zero operational demand” within the next one to three years – much earlier than expected –  and it needs to be able to “shed” rooftop solar on rare occasions to avoid the risk of a state-wide blackout.


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