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Tens of thousands of Victorian homes affected by widespread power outages

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The State’s Energy Minister has defended Victoria’s power supply as thousands of households were left in the dark overnight – sweltering with no electricity and no cooling.

More than 60,000 homes and businesses covered by City Power, Power Corp, United Energy and AusNet Services have been without electricity during the night.

United Energy’s website crashed with a ‘Sorry’ message displayed for much of the night.

Sarah Ward from AusNet Services said this morning about 1500 AusNet customers were without power.

“We’ve been able to reduce that from around 9000 yesterday,” she said.

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The State Opposition took the opportunity to blame the outages on the Hazlewood shutdown.

Minister Lily D’Ambrosio has used Twitter to defend the system.

She says the outages had nothing to do with insufficient supply and that breakdowns in equipment owned by private power distribution companies are to blame.

She says anyone claiming it’s a supply issue is “profoundly misinformed”.

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