North German power cuts estimated at EUR 100m

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30 November 2005, MUENSTER, GERMANY - The damage caused by widespread power cuts that hit northern Germany after weekend snowfalls runs to 100 million euros (118 million dollars), an industry spokesman said Wednesday.

30 November 2005

MUENSTER, GERMANY - The damage caused by widespread power cuts that hit northern Germany after weekend snowfalls runs to 100 million euros (118 million dollars), an industry spokesman said Wednesday.

Electricity supply company RWE said some 2,000 people were still without electrical power in the region around the northern German city of Muenster Wednesday, but that supplies would be restored by the end of the day.

After heavy falls on Friday as many as 250,000 people were affected by the blackouts.

Wieland Pieper, head of the local chamber of industry and commerce, said thousands of firms had been affected and put the cost of the power blackouts at 100 million dollars.

RWE has rejected paying compensation, describing the heavy snow that fell from Friday onwards as an "act of God" in insurance terms.

The snowfalls were the heaviest in 100 years and resulted in power blackouts on a scale not seen since World War II.

The Association of Energy Users has called on the federal government to make energy suppliers liable for all costs in future.

The Bundesnetzagentur, Germany's regulator of power and phones created four months ago, ordered RWE to explain the disaster in a mainly rural area along the Dutch border.

DPA

Subject: German news

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