The details of compensation to be offered to many thousands of consumers affected by power outages during and following last week’s snowstorm, particularly felt in the wider Athens area’s northeastern section, are expected to be announced today.
The removal of network usage surcharges included on electricity bills, for either two or four months, is seen as the likeliest offer.
The network usage surcharge imposed on limited electricity consumption of 1,000 kWh over a four-month period, for example, is estimated at 22 euros. A higher consumption level of 3,000 kWh would result in a network usage surcharge of 48 euros.
The compensation offer was initially planned to be announced yesterday, but related talks between the energy ministry and distribution network operator DEDDIE/HEDNO stretched late into the night. Officials are believed to have deliberated on whether to scrap network usage surcharges, for affected consumers, for two or four months.
Approximately 200,000 people in 40 municipalities of the wider Athens area were impacted by the outages during the snowstorm, while electricity supply was restored in 97.5 percent of all cases 24 hours later, according to data submitted to parliament by energy minister Kostas Skrekas.