A number of coal-fired power plant outages across Australia have left thousands of heatwave-stricken homes without power.
Yallourn Power Station in Victoria became the third electricity generator to be shut down last night ahead of temperature predictions of 44°C today.
About 5,800 properties lost power, leaving them without air conditioning.
A spokesman for the State Control Centre said the cause of the outages was under investigation.
Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio told Australian news publication 3AW that three coal-fired units across the state had experienced outages.
She added: “This means we can’t rule out brownouts. We have ageing coal-fired power stations. They are becoming less reliable.”
She urged households across the region to ration non-essential electricity use, such as turning off dishwashers, washing machines and swimming pool pumps.