The blackout on 9 August with Carl Hansen

08.26.2021 - By The New Zealand Initiative

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Carl Hansen, the former Chief Executive of the Electricity Authority between 2010 and 2018, joins Matt Burgess to discuss what happened on the evening of 9 August when 35,000 homes lost power on the coldest night of the year.

Carl explains how the blackout happened and the response to the event by the government. He also talks about how the system drives investment in new capacity, recent announcements of new generation including major solar projects, and the outlook for the next few years. Carl also talks about the recent study which suggests generators may be earning excess profits.

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