UPDATE: The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has confirmed the scheduled electricity supply interruptions that impacted more than 200,000 Victorian consumers on Friday have concluded, with the power now operating with sufficient reserves.
AEMO said the interruptions were needed to protect the power system during record-breaking high temperatures, high demand and reduced generation availability.
No further power supply interruptions are expected in the next week, with sufficient reserves forecast.
Woolsthorpe, Grassmere and Mailors Flat are among a group of towns experiencing a forced blackout.
The Australian Energy Market Operator has forced a blackout in Victoria that will impact at least 60,000 customers, lasting up to two hours.
As a result of high temperatures across the state, high demand and reduced generation availability, loss of electricity load to regions has been required to ensure power system security.
Regions affected include Camperdown, Weerite, Woolsthorpe, Grassmere and Mailors Flat.
In the Woolsthorpe/Minjah area more than 300 properties are without power, while in the Camperdown, Boorcan, Noorat area close to 400 homes have no electricity.
AEMO is cutting around 200 megawatts to prevent a state-wide blackout.
Energy Safe Victoria has issued safety advice for households without electricity supply due to load shedding.
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