Victoria has the most reliable power supply in Australia, but sometimes power outages do occur. Power outages can be caused by severe weather, such as lightning, floods, heatwaves, bushfires or high winds, or by trees contacting powerlines. Animals]Why was there a power shortage in Melbourne?
Dylan McConnell, an energy analyst from the University of Melbourne's Climate and Energy College said greater investment in infrastructure would make the system less vulnerable to shortages following unexpected outages or natural disasters, but it came down to what people were prepared to pay for.What does Victorian Government do for power outages?
To support Victorians impacted by significant energy outages, the Victorian Government is providing a Prolonged Power Outage Payment of $1,680 per week, per household, for up to 3 weeks. The payment will be administered by AusNet Services and will help families buy the basics, find alternative accommodation and get through this difficult period.How often does Victoria power supply go out?
Associate professor Liebman said Friday's outage was well within this standard and "unless this happens more than 12 times in 2019 the system will have served its purpose".