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South Australia becomes battleground for renewable energy war

BHP Billiton enters fray over state-wide power outages amid debate over renewables

BHP Billiton's Olympic Dam copper mine in South Australia. (Courtesy of BHP Billiton)

SYDNEY -- The war of words between proponents of renewable energy and fossil fuel-based power in Australia is intensifying after a long hot summer marked by power outages and finger-pointing over system failures.

South Australia, which has been an early adopter of wind power, is the epicenter of the debate after a catastrophic state-wide blackout last September was followed by more power system failures this February during a 40 C-plus heatwave.

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