Former Genesis GM as finger pointing continues over major North Island power cut

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Wed, 11 Aug 2021, 12:46PM
Thousands of households were without power Monday night, after demand on the electricity system reached an all-time high. (Photo / Mark Mitchell)
Thousands of households were without power Monday night, after demand on the electricity system reached an all-time high. (Photo / Mark Mitchell)

Former Genesis GM as finger pointing continues over major North Island power cut

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 11 Aug 2021, 12:46PM

The finger pointing continues in a bid to shift the blame over a major power cut in the North Island.

About 20,000 homes were left in the dark on Monday night, after Transpower asked providers to ease network demand.

Genesis Energy's Chief Executive claims the company's portfolio showed there was capacity to manage the demand.

Marc England says they couldn't fire up an extra generator by the time the risk was apparent.

But Transpower's Head of Grid Delivery John Clark says it issued the first notice at 6.00am.

He says during the day it was escalated to a warning notice, and then finally to a grid emergency around 5.00pm.

Bob Weir, former General Manager of Generation and Trading at Genesis Energy joined Kere McIvor.

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