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Explainer: power station 'trips' are normal, but blackouts are not

  • Written by Hugh Saddler, Honorary Associate Professor, Centre for Climate Economics and Policy, Australian National University

Tens of thousands of Victorians were left without power over the long weekend as the distribution network struggled with blistering temperatures, reigniting fears about the stability of our energy system.

It comes on the heels of a summer of “trips”, when power stations temporarily shut down for a variety of reasons. This variability...



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