Power outages - 5pm - 12 June 2012
Release Date: 12 June 2012
This afternoon the State Government announced a doubling of the assistance payment for customers who have been without power for more than 48 hours because of Sunday's storms. Under the Extended Outage Payment Scheme (EOPS) customers who have had a power outage of more than 12 consecutive hours can apply for a payment of $80. View the Minister's media statement.
Following today’s announcement, customers who’ve been without power for more than 48 hours due to Sunday’s storms will be eligible for a payment of $160.
Energy Minister Peter Collier recognised the hardship that people suffer as a result of losing power and said the one-off increase to the assistance followed the most widespread damage to the South West Interconnected System ever caused by a single storm.
Customers can apply for an extended outage payment online or by requesting a form on 13 10 87.
Western Power crews continue to work to restore supplies to more than 8000 customers who are still without electricity after Sunday's storms.
Crews who rested during the day are preparing to respond to the expected impact of tonight's storm front. This has the potential to cause further damage to the network and compound the number of homes requiring reconnection.
Crews from the Eastern States are arriving today to help Western Power crews repair damage to the network caused by Sunday's storm. Line workers from Horizon Power and contractors are already working alongside Western Power crews in the Great Southern in an effort to repair the extensively damaged network.
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