Generator Support For Storm-Affected Residents

05 November 2021

The Andrews Labor Government is distributing generators to support families and businesses devastated by recent storms, with priority given to customers who are expected to remain without power into the weekend and next week due to the extensive damage.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced the deployment of more than 200 generators, to be distributed to those most in need in storm-affected areas, as well as additional compensation for households affected by prolonged outages.

The temporary measures are similar to those implemented after the severe June storms with generators to be provided to residential customers in eligible areas seeking support.

Residents affected by the storm who have been without power since the storm event on 29 October can expect to be contacted by AusNet Services and United Energy today and provided with contact details to apply for a generator.

Additionally, eligible people who receive the generators will still be able to receive additional support such as the Prolonged Power Outage Payment of $1,680 per week. The Victorian Government is currently working with the Commonwealth on support for businesses still without power.

Distribution of the eight-kilowatt generators will begin immediately, with a triage system prioritising distribution to ensure those most in need get a generator from this weekend.

The generators will provide people with enough energy to power basics like some lights, a microwave and a small heater.

Volunteers from emergency services agencies will help get generators and accessories to people in need. Safety information on setting up, refuelling and maintaining the generators will be provided by Energy Safe Victoria.

Extensive damage to the electricity network has left about 1,500 customers without power into this weekend.

Energy providers will directly contact impacted customers, more information about the deployment can be found on the providers websites Link or Link .

Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

“These generators will allow people to return to a better sense of normality by having a back-up power supply for essential appliances like fridges and phones.

“The outages have had, and continue to have, a big impact – that’s why we’re providing further financial support for those affected.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes

“Having reliable power is everything when you’re trying to recover from an event like this – our hardworking volunteers will be out on the ground making sure those who need help can access one of these generators.”

Reviewed 05 November 2021

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