2020 South Australian Power Network Islanding Event

2020 South Australian Power Network Islanding Event

On 31 January 2020 destructive weather conditions caused a non-credible loss of transmission towers in Victoria. This in turn resulted in the formation of an electrical island including the whole South Australia power system. Islanding of this network, having a very high penetration of wind and solar energy sources, was an interesting test of the capabilities of renewable energy. This presentation discusses the response of key network elements to the event and subsequent operational measures taken and experiences gained.


Dr. Nilesh Modi, Senior Engineer, Australian Energy Market Operator

Nilesh is a senior engineer at the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). At AEMO, Nilesh has worked across various teams including National Planning, electricity market operations and Systems Capability. Nilesh has worked on various key projects/documents published by AEMO, namely the review of the South Australian (SA) system black event, system strength assessments for South Australia, the review of under-frequency load shedding design for SA, the system integrity protection scheme for SA, system strength requirements and the inertia requirement methodology. He has been involved in investigating system incidents that have resulted in large disruptions across the National Electricity Market (NEM). Nilesh received his PhD from the University of Queensland, where he was awarded the Dean’s Excellence Award for RHD Excellence. Nilesh is a senior member of the IEEE and also an adjunct research fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Dr. Babak Badrzadeh, Manager, Operational Analysis and Engineering, AEMO

Babak is the manager of a team, which develops engineering solutions for a wide range of power system security issues based on detailed power system modelling and analysis. Babak is the convener of the Australian Power System Modelling Reference Group and has been a key contributor to several CIGRE Technical brochures, and IEC and Australian standards. He is currently the Convener of CIGRE WG C2.26 and C4.56, and a recipient of 2019 energy Systems Integration Group’s Engineering Excellence award. Babak holds BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees all in the area of Power System Engineering. Prior to joining AEMO in 2012, he was a Lead Power System Engineer with Vestas Technology R&D in Denmark where he joined in 2010. Between 2007 and 2010 he was with the Transmission and Distribution Division of Mott MacDonald UK as a Senior Power System Analysis Engineer.

Event Details

Wednesday 12 August 2020

5.30pm - 6.30pm AEST | 5pm - 6pm ACST | 3.30pm - 4.30pm AWST


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EESA members: $0
Non-members: $30


The South Australian chapter of the Electric Energy Society of Australia.

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