Third-party connection to power grid causes lights to flicker across South Australia

Third-party connection to power grid causes lights to flicker across South Australia

A third-party connection to the South Australian power grid is being blamed for causing lights to flicker and dim across the state for hours this morning.

Energy distributor ElectraNet said the unnamed “third-party” connected to the grid in South Australia’s north about 1:30am causing a “voltage issue”.

There have been widespread reports of house and street lights flickering across the state as a result.

South Australian Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the issue was not related to AEMO’s gradual end to its intervention to wholesale price caps, which started from 4am and would go for 24 hours.

“I don’t think it was anything malicious or dangerous. I just think it’s probably testing, probably either a new generator that’s attempting to establish its connection to the grid after commission,” he said.

“There was testing and as demand started to increase into the day, they pulled the testing and the flickering stopped.

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