Power outages - 7pm - 12 June 2012
Release Date: 12 June 2012
Western Power crews have restored electricity to 90 per cent of customers who lost power because of Sunday's storms, but are bracing themselves to respond to the expected impact of tonight's 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 arrived this afternoon to assist with the repair effort.
About 8000 customers still remain without electricity. At the peak of the storm, 170,000 customers had lost power.
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.
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 at the Western Power website (www.westernpower.com.au/eops) or by requesting a form on 13 10 87.
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