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AustraliaMost of Victoria was without power this afternoon as storms swept through the state earlier, damaging some transmission lines and forcing the temporary shutdown of a large local power plant. 500,000 homes were temporarily without power.

The Loy Yang A power plant, owned by Australia’s AGL Energy, which supplies about a third of Victoria’s electricity, was forced to shut down this afternoon, Reuters reported. Several towers of power plants on major transmission lines in the state collapsed due to the storm.

AustraliaDepartment of EnergyThe director is Lily D’Ambrosiosocial mediaThe incident left more than 500,000 homes or businesses without power, the document said.

With the power plant closed, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) said electricity prices in Victoria once rose to A$16,600 (about US$10,717) per megawatt hour (MWh). Much more than the normal price of around A$200 (about US$129).

In response to this situation, the Australian Energy Market Dispatch Center issued a statement this afternoon ordering the entire power grid to reduce power consumption.

D’Ambrosio also said that one of the power plant’s four generating units would resume operations later and that the forced blackout had been lifted.

AGL said in a statement that it was repairing the other three generating units of the Loy Yang A power plant and was trying to restart them this evening.

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