Links to external reports relating to the blackout

As noted on this blog, the blackout of 16th January 2007 was one of the most significant events in the history of the NEM.

As such, there were a number of reviews conducted by various parties, all seeking to analyse different facets of what went wrong, and why.

As a convenience to our readers, we have linked below all those reports we are currently aware of (these have been sorted in chronological order):

Tue 16th January 2007 Bushfires cause blackout in greater Melbourne area.
Tue 16th January 2007 NEMMCO prepared a market event report entitled “System Separation and Load Shedding” detailing the main dispatch and pricing outcomes and the performance of the market during the day:

Wed 17th January 2007 Our first review of the blackout was put together as a preliminary chronological record of the events on that day. This is now available here:

March 2007 Our second review of the blackout was put together, and is now available here:

June 2007 NEMMCO, the market operator, prepared this report into what happened on the day:

NEMMCO also provided this presentation outlining the main points in their report:

Further information from NEMMCO, including a status report on the implementation of recommendations, is here:

June 2007 Vencorp (the Victorian planning body) published its own report on the incident here:

August 2007 NEMMCO published a report, “Independent Expert Report for Directions of 16 January 2007” by Synergies Economic Consulting, available here:

September 2007 The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) published its final report into the blackout. This is linked here:

October 2007 The Victorian Government also commissioned a report by the consultancy group, NOUS Group. The main recommendations of the NOUS Report, as it has become known, are linked here:

If you are aware of any other reports that should be listed here, please let us know!

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Paul McArdle
One of three founders of Global-Roam back in 2000, Paul has been CEO of the company since that time. As an author on WattClarity, Paul's focus has been to help make the electricity market more understandable.

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