Thousands of Greek households will spend Christmas holidays in the darkness. Greece’s Public Power Corporation (PPC/DEH) plans to proceed to power cuts to 35,000 private and commercial subscribers by the end of the year due to unpaid electricity bills. The plan foresees 2,000 power cuts per day until the end of 2017.
- 70 percent of the 35,000 subscribers who will see their Christmas lights fade away are households. That is 24,500 households.
This comes from a respond letter of the President and CEO of Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator (DEDHE), Nikos Chatziargyriou to a relevent questioned posed by Popular Unity MEP Nikos Chountis.
Chountis had posed the question after a tragic incident in Kalamata when three little children were at risk to be burned alive as the household was using candles in the night due to outstanding debts to the PPC and inability to pay the debt.
Three children aged 13, 9 and 8, narrowly excaped a tragic death when a fire broke out from a candle in their room on a Sunday mignight. The candle was the only light in the home in Kalamata, sotuh Peloponnese. The incident happened on November 1st. The family has been living without electricity since August.
In the first ten months of 2017, the PPC had cut the power to 240,000 subscribers. 159,000 of them reconnected the power after making a debt payment settlement with the PPC or paid their outstanding debts.
What happened to the rest 81,000? Some maybe be businesses that had closed down or summer houses, some may have sought to subscribe to the private power suppliers, and some may have to spend their nights in the dark.
35,000 power cuts mean 2,000 households and business will have to go without electricity per day.
The PPC, DEDHE or whoever took this decision will go down to history as the Greek Grinch who stole Christmas.