Australia power outage affects hundreds of thousands

Australia power outage affects hundreds of thousands

/ 03:19 PM February 13, 2024

Australia power outage affects hundreds of thousands

Vapour rises from cooling towers at the Loy Yang coal fired power station, about 150 km (93 miles) east of Melbourne in Victoria state April 2, 2012. REUTERS FILE PHOTO

SYDNEY — Large chunks of Australia’s Victoria state lost power on Tuesday afternoon when a major power plant shut down because a storm knocked out parts of the state’s electricity transmission network.

AGL’s Loy Yang A power station, responsible for about a third of the state’s power, was forced to shut down on Tuesday afternoon after several towers along a major section of the state’s transmission network collapsed in bad weather.


More than 500,000 homes or businesses had lost power, state energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio said in a social media post.


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As the plant shut down, electricity prices spiked across the state to their maximum of A$16,600 per megawatt hour, up from around A$200, according to data from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).

In response, AEMO ordered electricity usage cut across the network, according to a statement on Tuesday afternoon.

D’Ambrosio said in her post that one of Loy Yang’s four units had been brought back online and the mandatory power cuts had ended.

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AGL did not immediately respond to questions about the status of Loy Yang.


The failure comes amid repeated warnings from AEMO that urgent investment is required to ensure power supply remains reliable as the country’s fleet of aging coal-fired power plants are retired.

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