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SA resists blackout inquiry, plans review

AAP logoAAP 29/09/2016

South Australia will review the events that led to the state's big blackout but Premier Jay Weatherill is resisting calls for an independent inquiry.

He says a catastrophic weather event that brought down transmission towers in the north caused the statewide power failure and was not linked to SA's high use of renewable energy.

No energy system in the world would have been able to cope with the severe winds that tore towers from the ground and brought down high transmission lines, but he said the government would review what happened to see what could be learned from the experience.

"Of course there will be elements that did not work perfectly and we'll review each of those things," he said.

The Australian energy market regulator would also conduct a technical review to establish the sequence of events, and federal, state and territory energy ministers would meet to thrash over what happened to send SA dark.

Transmission company ElectraNet, which operates the damaged infrastructure, has also indicated it will look at what could be done to avoid a repeat of the crisis.

But the South Australian opposition says and independent investigation must begin immediately.

"The situation that occurred yesterday was totally unacceptable and we need to ensure it does not happen again," Opposition Leader Steven Marshall said.

"The independent inquiry into the unprecedented state-wide blackout should investigate, amongst other matters, the lack of baseload power generation in South Australia."

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon described the situation as a disgrace and also called for an investigation.

"This is unprecedented in this nation. We need answers," Senator Xenophon said.

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