Journalists, industry heads and tech enthusiasts descended on Las Vegas this week for the annual CES showcase of bleeding edge electronics. Today, everyone gathered around giant gleaming TVs, strapped on VR headsets, played fetch with robot dogs, and then the power blew out.
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It's that time again. It's time to break the internet in order to raise awareness about net neutrality. The FCC vote to repeal Title II protections is on Thursday in the US, and web-based protests are kicking off in response. Some of the biggest pioneers of tech jumped in on Monday to give the protests a bump, but the difference now is that it may be the last time we'll see such calls to action over Title II.
Remember when Elon Musk gave South Australia a "100 days or your money back" guarantee that he could fix the state's power issues? Well, it turns out that 100 days only started... three days ago. And the battery's already half-built, so Tesla has a definite early lead in its 100-day countdown.
It took "one of the most significant severe thunderstorm outbreaks in recent decades", with seven tornadoes and a storm producing phenomenally damaging wind speeds, to bring down South Australia's power grid and cause a blackout in late September. Although the national electricity market operator and conservative commentators were quick to blame renewable energy, it's now clear that the entire network was at risk -- and the blackout could have been lessened had precautionary steps been taken.
Following severe weather taking down vital parts of the electricity network, the entire state of South Australia was plunged into darkness this week -- with some areas yet to fully restore power.
Although the cause was seemingly clear, some were quick to blame the state's continued shift towards using renewable energy sources. We spoke to four leading experts about the blackout, and what effect -- if any -- reliance on clean energy had.
Australia’s energy markets got a big shock in July this year, when wholesale electricity prices spiked in South Australia, alarming the state government and major industrial customers. Commentators rushed to find the immediate culprits. But the real issues lie elsewhere.