Momentum Energy has apologised for mistakes which led to some customers not receiving their concession payments and resulted in the Essential Services Commission (ESC) issuing penalty notices totalling $900,000.

The ESC has issued 60 penalty notices of $15,000 each in relation to Momentum Energy failing to notify customers within ten business days of becoming aware that it had overcharged these customers by $50 or more.

“We got it wrong and we let down some of our most vulnerable customers,” Momentum Energy Managing Director, Amy Childs, said.

“We take full responsibility for our mistakes, we apologise to the customers affected and we have rectified the underlying issues.

“Although we notified the ESC of the problem, we were too slow in notifying the affected customers. We will learn from this incident to ensure we can avoid errors of this kind in future.”

Ms Childs said the problem was a historical one, and changes to processes and systems had already been put in place.

Following a major upgrade of Momentum Energy’s Customer Relationship Management system, concessions were not correctly applied to new customers or to customers with changed concession details. The error was discovered in March 2018.

Momentum Energy notified the ESC of the issue, but customers were not notified within the required ten business days.

Momentum Energy has already applied a credit to all 2,585 affected customers. This number includes 340 former customers who are no longer with Momentum, who are yet to receive a refund and may not be aware that the credit is available to them. The average outstanding amount for these 340 former customers is $69.30.

The company has entered into an enforceable undertaking with the ESC to take further steps to contact these former customers.

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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