Authority has ordered a review of the 9 August 2021 electricity cuts, which
affected over 34,000 customers. The biggest impact was felt by those in the
Waikato region with over 17,000 customers being disconnected.
The review has
one has two parts:
review around the system operator’s demand allocation tool – envisaged to be
completed by 23 August
review around the system operator’s communications processes and associated
protocols – likely to be completed by 30 August
two will be informed by the findings of phase one.
Power cuts in
New Zealand are very rare so the blackouts earlier this month have sent
jitters around the country.
This comes as some
electricity generators are turning to cheap non-renewable energy sources such
as coal from overseas due to lower rainfall levels here and the government’s
commitment to moving New Zealand to 100 percent renewable electricity
supply by 2030, and thus already banning offshore coal, oil and gas exploration
and extension permits.
A move to renewable energy sources, climate change and
supply chain disruptions in a Covid-19 world will shape our energy conundrum, a
topic discussed in last month’s edition of InfraRead.