Statement from the Minister for Energy and Resources

The extreme heat across Victoria and our neighbouring states of South Australia and New South Wales is causing high demand on our electricity supply, which, coupled with reduced capacity from Loy Yang A, is placing strain on our system.

Accordingly, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), the organisation responsible for managing supply and demand for electricity, has advised me this afternoon that it may need to reduce the amount of electricity being supplied to Victoria.

This reduction could affect up to 100,000 homes and commercial properties in Victoria.

AEMO has advised that the power outages will not affect any hospitals, nursing homes, public transport or emergency services.

To assist with this outage, distributors have cancelled all non-essential maintenance and are assigning extra crews to complete critical works.

Large energy users are assisting the situation by agreeing to reduce electricity usage.

If you do experience a power outage, contact your distribution company, whose details are on your electricity bill, and please do not call 000 unless there is an emergency.