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October 18, 2021

Power outage shuts down the Far North Coast

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UPDATE: 5.10pm

With still no answers as to why power was cut, the Far North Coast is recovering from a blackout on the hottest day so far since last summer.

Residents are asking how this could happen on such a large scale and are we likely to see more of the same.

Enova Energy CEO Felicity Stening says that locally owned and generated renewable energy and storage initiatives help to build more energy resilience into streets, towns and suburbs. ‘The impact of network outages as experienced today could be minimised,’ she said, ‘That’s what Enova is all about, supporting communities to generate, store and share their own energy.

Ms Stening said we should all imagine streets sharing renewable energy between households and businesses sharing energy in industrial estates.

‘Thanks to our local energy network, Essential Energy, for resolving the issues so quickly today.’


From Casino and Coraki, to Ocean Shores and Kyogle, Lismore, Goonellabah, Ballina, Wardell, Byron Bay, and Yamba to Murwillumbah, the power flickered then was lost from thousands of homes and businesses from about 3.45 pm today (Tuesday, October 8).

As yet the cause of of the outage is not known, though the rumour mill says a fierce storm at a key location may have contributed.

Residents in Casino were hoping for a quick end to the blackout as they were down to 38º after a top of 40.7º.

Power started returning in pockets from about 4pm.


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  1. Did you not notice that massive Busby’s Flat bushfire south of Casino?….that same one covered in another story about the ‘Emergency warning for the Richmond Valley’ elsewhere in todays’ Echo? It burned through the 330KV Transgrid transmission lines easement along the Summerland Way about the same time the power went out. Blame the idiot who lit it on Saturday. It wasn’t lightning. There has been none for weeks. But the Commonwealth Energy Minister will still try to blame renewables in South Australia as he has for every blackout caused by a natural disaster.

    Then blame that same idiot for the localised koala extinction we are now witnessing in that portion of Mt Belmore SF, & the the loss of the only western sub-population of the Endangered North Coast Emu Population when the fire hits Main Camp later this afternoon. And under the southerly change forecast, the koalas in Braemar SF, Carwong SF and Royal Camp SF will be lucky to survive beyond the weekend.

    • M.Clarke your a concerns for the wildlife are overwhelming,plenty of positions available in the R.F.S.where you might get to see the human tragedy.Golden Beach what a pristine area that was until f. wits as your self over populated it, and made numerous native birds wallabies and lizards disappear from this area.Your My Hero.

  2. When there are plenty of answers of just why power was cut but no politician wants to tell, the Far North Coast is recovering from a blackout on the hottest day when summer is still months away.


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