Business electricity giant EDF Energy is facing the prospect of a £2million fine following power cuts in Dartford in 2009.
OfGem is considering the measure following an independent audit into how the energy company handled the power cut, which left many domestic and business electricity customers without electricity for more than 24 hours. A total of 94,000 customers were affected.
The original power cut was caused by a fire that seriously damaged high voltage electricity cables.
OfGem agrees with the auditors’ conclusions that EDF Energy Networks could have done more to prevent the outage and all interested parties now have a month, until 7 July, to give their views before OfGem reaches a final conclusion.
Meanwhile, in Yarmouth, many business electricity customers were affected by a power cut lasting much of Monday afternoon.
Jonathan Newman, town centre partnership manager, told the Eastern Daily Press that a long outage was bad news for businesses.
Shops, pubs, the Sealife Centre and Yarmouth’s famous chip stalls were among the business electricity customers affected.
EDF are also the energy suppliers for this area and are investigating the cause of the outage.