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Minister pledges free electricity for low income households on smog-filled days

On the back of announcing that low income households would be reconnected to the power grid even if they have not paid their bills, Environment Minister Yiannis Maniatis has said families will receive free electricity on days when there is smog due to smoke from fireplaces.

Speaking on Mega TV on Monday, Maniatis said that some 470,000 households, 150,000 of which are in Attica, would be eligible for free electricity when there is smog. He said that for every day smoke particles pass the level of 150 mg/m3, families would receive two days of free electricity.

He said the aim was to reduce the frequency with which Greeks use their fireplaces to keep warm during the winter due to the rising cost of heating oil.

Maniatis added that organizations providing welfare, such as those run by the Church of Greece and municipalities, would be given a 70-percent reduction on their electricity bills.

“We believe that there are 2,000 to 3,000 such organizations,” said the minister.

ekathimerini.com , Monday December 9, 2013 (10:45)  
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