The Australian Energy Market Operator has released its final report into a state-wide blackout in South Australia last year, and the clean energy industry says it highlights how the power system can be strengthened in the future.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said the report showed what can happen when the power grid is pushed beyond its limits, and in this case the state’s power system was hit with one of the most severe weather events it had ever faced.

“Australia’s electricity supply is undergoing big changes as it moves away from ageing and out-dated technology to a 21st century system which is smarter and cleaner,” Mr Thornton said.

“There are valuable lessons highlighted in the final report from AEMO, and the organisation has highlighted the role that renewable energy technology can play in helping to make the power grid more resilient in times of massive stress.

“It is great to see AEMO recognising that non-synchronous generators will play an increasingly greater role in providing essential services such as inertia, frequency control, voltage control and system strength in the future.

“This is all part of the planning that the entire energy industry is calling for, as part of a process that includes reform of the energy market, and the development of clear and consistent long-term energy and climate policy.

The review of power system security by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel provides an excellent opportunity to look to the future and the essential changes that need to be made,” he said.

The full report is available on the AEMO website.