The EAC said on Wednesday it would not cut power to non-paying customers during the holiday season, and the 700 homes in Cyprus that have had their electricity supply cut may apply to have it temporarily reinstated, the authority said.
The measure applies only to residential electricity supply from December 18 to January 8, but does not cover instances where power has been cut off due to electricity theft, or instances of personal bankruptcy where the normal procedure will be followed.
The EAC strongly urges all consumers who will be applying to have their power supply reconnected to contact their local EAC customer service centre to agree on a late-payment settlement plan by January 20, in order to avoid their electricity supply being cut off again in the future.
The temporary supply for Christmas is not contingent on the existence of the late payment plan but those who don’t sort out their arrears will be cut off again after the specified period.
At a news conference on Wednesday, EAC boss Charalambos Tsouris said that 700 homes in Cyprus were currently without power, with unpaid electricity bills ranging from €250 to €6,000.
“While the EAC’s sensitivity is a given,” Tsouris added, “it cannot resolve the wider social problem. The state must assume its responsibilities.”