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Half a million Victorian homes without power as extreme weather smashes state

The shutdown of the power plant removed 2.3 gigawatts of generation from the system. The spot price of electricity in Victoria soared above $16,000 per megawatt hour – it was $93 a megawatt hour in NSW – as it was forced to import from other states. In an effort to keep the grid stable, AEMO also began “load shedding” to force blackouts on parts of the network. In a statement on social media website X, Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said she had met with the head of AEMO and confirmed 500,000 customers had lost power. “One unit at Loy Yang A power station has come back online and as a result forced load shedding is no longer required to maintain grid stability,” she said. “The situation remains volatile. I’ll continue to provide updates as they become available.”

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