State Government warns of electricity supply cut

The State Government has warned Victoria's electricity supply might need to be reduced as wild weather wreaks havoc across the state.

It comes after thousands of Wimmera homes were left without power on Tuesday night.

Energy and Resources Minister Nicholas Kotsiras said the extreme heat meant high demand for the state’s supply which, coupled with a reduced capacity from Loy Yang A power station, had placed a strain on the system.

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He said a reduction could affect up to 100,000 homes and commercial properties in Victoria, but hospitals, nursing homes and emergency services would not be affected.

He said the Australian Energy Market Operator - the organisation responsible for managing electricity supply and demand – had advised the government on Wednesday afternoon that it might need to reduce supply.

Distributors have cancelled all non-essential maintenance and have assigned extra crews to complete critical works.

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