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SA December Blackout: $20m Compensation


Source: The Guardian, 11 January 2017

South Australians hit by blackouts after storms in December will receive about $20m in compensation from the state’s electricity operator.

SA Power Networks says the total payments will be about three times more than the company has ever paid for a major storm event, after the previous high of $7m in February 2014.

About 155,000 customers will receive payments for the inconvenience caused by the extended power outages, which started when fierce weather tore down powerlines across SA in late December.

The payouts start at $100 for customers blacked out for more than 12 hours and climb to $605 for those who were without power for more than 48 hours.

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