The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) can confirm the scheduled electricity supply interruptions that impacted more than 200,000 Victorian consumers this afternoon have concluded, with the power system now operating with sufficient reserves.

The interruptions, together with the emergency resources procured under the Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader (RERT) mechanism in Victoria, were needed to protect the power system during record-breaking high temperatures, high demand and reduced generation availability.

AEMO acknowledges the inconvenience and hardship of losing power supply during extreme conditions, and thanks all Victorians for their patience. AEMO would also like to recognise the contribution made by Victorian consumers and businesses who have purposefully conserved their energy use over the past 48 hours.

AEMO confirms that during the peak demand period, more than 250 MW was required to be shed, with equates to approximately 60,000 – 100,000 consumers impacted at any one time on rotation.

AEMO issued a direction for networks to begin the restoration of all lost load at approximately 3PM AEDT.

AEMO notes there may be Victorian residents and businesses who remain without power due to unrelated faults on the network. We encourage consumers to monitor their local distribution network’s outage maps via mobile devices or online.

Please contact your distribution business for further information:

AusNet Services: www.ausnetservices.com.au or www.outagetracker.com.au
Powercor: www.powercor.com.au
CitiPower: www.citipower.com.au
United Energy: www.unitedenergy.com.au
Jemena: www.jemena.com.au

AEMO does not envisage any further power supply interruptions this evening, over the weekend or into next week, with sufficient reserves forecast across the National Electricity Market (NEM).