Urgent review of energy distribution code needed
12 February 2019
Euroa MP Steph Ryan has called on the Andrews Government to urgently review compensation provisions within the electricity distribution code following a string of recent power outages across the electorate.
Ms Ryan said that residents in Avenel and Nagambie had been put at a significant disadvantage as the electricity distribution code did not guarantee compensation for supply outages.
Euroa residents also experienced a number of unplanned outages.
“Many businesses have contacted their energy providers after last month’s 24-hour power outage for compensation only to be told that they will not be reimbursed for their losses under the current distribution code,” Ms Ryan said.
“Local business owners are now thousands of dollars out of pocket and in some cases, are temporarily having to lay off staff as a result.
“I have also been in contact with other residents who were forced to throw out the entire contents of their fridges and freezers as a result of last month’s outage.
“This has caused a substantial loss for Avenel and Nagambie residents, particularly for the elderly and those from low income households.”
Ms Ryan has been in contact with electricity distributor AusNet Services following the January 23 and 24 blackout who have advised that compensation is unlikely to occur as supply outages are not covered by the current distribution code.
“Businesses and community members alike deserve to be compensated for their losses,” Ms Ryan said.
“With power outages now more likely as a result of the insecurity of energy supplies in Victoria, this blackout has highlighted a number of discrepancies within the state’s energy sector that must be addressed as a matter of urgency.
“I have asked the state’s Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio to urgently review compensation provisions within the current energy distribution code to ensure that residents are fairly compensated in the event of extended unplanned outages.”