Heat threatens power supply 

Up to 100,000 homes and commercial properties in Victoria could be without electricity, as a result of the high demand caused by extreme heat and reduced capacity at Loy Yang A power station.

The Australian Energy Market Operator, which is responsible for managing supply and demand for electricity, advised yesterday afternoon 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 power outages would not affect hospitals, nursing homes, public transport or emergency services.

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, phone distribution company SP Ausnet on 1300 360 795.