Compensation for thousands of Victorians over power

February 12, 2018

Premier Daniel Andrews said the payments were ‘‘unprecedented’’.

Thousands of Victorians will receive an ‘‘unprecedented’’ one-off compensation payment over power outages linked to recent extreme heat.

Those who lost power between three and 20 hours on January 28 will receive $80, while those who were in the dark for 20 to 30 hours or more will get up to $180.

The payments will be provided by Powercor, CitiPower, United Energy, Ausnet Services and Jemena as part of a $5million package.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the payments were ‘‘unprecedented’’.

‘‘Under the rules that have been there for many, many years, well before we came to government, the payments would only be made to those who had lost power for say, 12 hours,’’ he said yesterday.

The payments will be issued to about 50000 people this month and are separate to other claims for financial loss.

Heat and humidity on January28 led to crippling pressure on the state’s distribution network.

The state government says it is working with the Australian energy market operator and industry to make sure supply needs are met during extreme weather.

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