Chile’s minister of energy Rodrigo Alvarez has called for strong new investments in energy networks after the country suffered three major electricity blackouts in three days.

Failures in the transmission system are believed to have contributed to the blackouts, the worst of which affected most of Chile’s 17 million people, remain unclear.

Measures are being put in place for fining those responsible for the blackouts, said Alvarez. Customers will not be charged for the time they were without power, and compensation will be due, he added.

Two agencies are leading the investigation into the causes of the blackout and customer compensations. The Servicio Nacional del Consumidor (SERNAC), a government agency to protect consumer rights, and it will be dealing with the issues of compensation. The Superintendencia de Electricidad y Combustibles (SEC), which oversees the energy market, will investigate the cause of the blackouts and make recommendations to the Chilean Ministry of Energy.

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