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Two held for stealing power cables in Fatorda
MARGAO: Margao town police on Tuesday arrested two persons, Manjunath Parmeshappa Naik Valmik...
State budget: Power sector set to be one of biggest gainers
LUCKNOW: The state government is likely to announce an increase of 30% in plan expenditure for UP...
BEST team raids hutments, 21 cases of power thefts
MUMBAI: The BEST vigilance team recently conducted a massive raid at some of the hutment...
Lesa struggles to identify city’s katiyabaaz
LUCKNOW: 'Katiya' or unauthorized electricity connection may be the most common and visible ...
Power theft, 12-hr outage, huge bills irk Panvel locals
Navi Mumbai: Consumers in Panvel are a harried lot as they have to suffer 10-12 hours of outage ever...
30 self-financing colleges fined for power theft
KOCHI: Self-financing colleges account for around 20% of anomalies related to power misuse in the di...
Arkansas Man Charged in Co-op Power Theft
Arkansas man faces multiple criminal charges stemming from theft of services from an electric cooper...
Gov’t seeks to curb electricity theft
AMMAN — Electricity loss currently stands at 15 per cent and can be reduced to 9 per cent with...
Govt to get third party audit done for SNDL
NAGPUR: Energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule has decided to appoint an agency for third par...
388 booked for power theft as discom adds Rs 9cr to kitty
NOIDA: Purvanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) has filed FIRs against 388 consumers and has r...
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Two held for stealing power cables in Fatorda

MARGAO: Margao town police on Tuesday arrested two persons, Manjunath Parmeshappa Naik Valmiki and Hanumant Majunath Ekpalli, both natives of Karnataka, and currently residing at Rumdamoll, Davorlim, on charges of stealing electricity cables from the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, Fatorda.

Police said that the duo was carrying the stolen cables on their bicycles on Monday night when they were apprehended by the police on suspicion. They were arrested after they admitted to the theft. Both the bicycles have also been seized by the police, police sources said. The value of the cables recovered from the accused is nearly 1 lakh, police said. Both the accused have been remanded to two-day police custody.[TOI]

State budget: Power sector set to be one of biggest gainers

LUCKNOW: The state government is likely to announce an increase of 30% in plan expenditure for UP's power sector in the state budget for the new financial year. The allocation, set to be tabled in the UP assembly budget session on Tuesday, potentially lays the foundation for Samajwadi Party government's ambitious plan to spike up the power supply in the rural and urban areas significantly before the next assembly elections due in 2017.

Highly placed sources told TOI that the total budgetary allocation for UP power sector would be to the tune of around Rs 33,000 crores, as against around Rs 28,000 crores last year. This will be one of the biggest budgetary hikes for the ailing power sector of UP ever since Akhilesh Yadav government stormed to power in 2012.

The increased budgetary size includes the raise in state quota of plan expenditure from Rs 4,027 crores last year to Rs 5,532 crores in the new financial year— an increase of around 30%. On all previous occasions, the average increase in budgetary allocation for the sector has been to the tune of around 20%. An additional Rs 3000 crore from the Centre for the rural electrification project would also be routed into the state budget. This way, the total plan expenditure would rise from Rs 7,027 crores last year to Rs 8,532 crores in the new financial year.
Likewise, the non-plan expenditure is set to be raised from Rs 20,898 crore last year to Rs 24,593 crore this year. This will include the subsidy from the state government to the UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) which is set to be raised from Rs 5400 crore last year to Rs 6,500 crore this year. The increase essentially tries to address the yawning revenue gap that the UPPCL faces every year because of less revenue realization, mainly because of power theft.[TOI]

BEST team raids hutments, 21 cases of power thefts

MUMBAI: The BEST vigilance team recently conducted a massive raid at some of the hutments along the Victoria bridge near Reay Road railway station and booked 29 persons in a electricity pilferage case.

Officials said that during the raid, it was found out that the hutment dwellers were illegally getting the power connection. The officials recovered 750 metres of direct supply wire from the area. "A total 21 cases (hutments) were registered for power theft under section 135 of the Electricity Act. The Byculla police has also registered a police case and will prosecute those involved," an official said.

Sources said that the hutment dwellers were illegally getting power supply and a total consumption of 17,883 units (of electricity) was recorded. It had caused losses to the tune of Rs 2.14 lakh to the undertaking. Of this, the undertaking has already recovered Rs 1.92 lakh from the accused persons, sources added.


Lesa struggles to identify city’s katiyabaaz

LUCKNOW: 'Katiya' or unauthorized electricity connection may be the most common and visible form of power theft in the city, which causes up to 30% line losses, but Lesa's anti-power theft drive is yet to identify and bring to book the city's 'katiyabaaz'.

Curiously, Lesa has only been able to discover 1,255 katiya connections in ten Lesa circles during a drive spanning over more than a month. What's more intriguing is that Old City localities, which account extremely high on line losses, are almost 'katiya-free' zones if figures are to be believed.

In Chowk, the drive could find only 10 katiya connections and in Thakurganj, just 11. Aminabad is an exception in the Old City where more than 430 katiya connections were removed.
The drive, which started on January 12, saw 582 of the 1,255 consumers paying the compounding fee and getting their connections regularized. Lesa also lodged FIR against more than 360 consumers using katiya.

Uptron area near Aishbagh accounted for maximum 50.7% line losses last year, but the drive has found zero katiya connections in Aishbagh, Uptron and Rajajipuram.

Old City areas like Aminabad, Thakurganj, Aishbagh, Chowk, Daliganj, Rahimnagar, University, Residency and outskirts like Malihabad and Bakshi ka Talab are the concern areas when it comes to line losses. But katiya is a rare feature in these localities as per the official figures.

Lucknow reports around 30% line losses in a year and katiya is the most rampant form of power theft, but officers in Lesa said it is difficult to identify consumers using it. "Each time they (consumers) come to know of checking teams, they remove the katiya and hook it on again when the team leaves," said an officer.

"To identify the unauthorized consumers, we need to track each and every connection drawn from the pole which is a time-taking process. But we are doing it," said Lesa chief engineer SK Verma.

"People who were using katiya till now may not have been disclosing this. But they are quietly applying for new connections now. More connections have been issued in areas with high katiya usage," he said.[TOI]

Power theft, 12-hr outage, huge bills irk Panvel locals

Navi Mumbai: Consumers in Panvel are a harried lot as they have to suffer 10-12 hours of outage everyday and pay huge bills allegedly due to rampant power theft by the villagers of Vadvli, Adai, Nere and Shedung under Bhingari sub-station. MSEDCL officials have not taken any action against them yet, they said.

Besides using electricity in their houses, Panvel residents said that people from these villages even operate water pumps and motors for agriculture by attaching hooks to the overhead livewires in their area. 

"We have to pay exorbitant bills every month but do not get an uninterrupted power supply. On the flipside, a section of villagers keep on getting free power without anyone stopping them. We face 10-12 hours of loadshedding every day due to these thefts," said Manish Patil, a resident of Adai. 
Residents added that MSEDCL officials never check up on these villagers despite repeated complaints. 

A Panvel resident,Jigar Mhatre said that they are tired of paying up despite not being at fault. "I pay my bills regularly, still have to face power cuts every day. I have no idea why the MSEDCL officials do not take any action against these villagers. Who are they scared of?" he asked. 

MSEDCL officials, however, said that they have not received any complaint regarding power thefts from Panvel residents yet. 

"We have not come across any such complaint and if this is the case, we will certainly take action against the perpetrators. I have asked my junior engineer from this area to take stock of the situation immediately," said Dilip Mehtre, MSEDCL executive engineer, Panvel. 

MSEDCL sources said, a few areas on the outskirts of Panvel city have to bear the brunt of long hours of power cut due to commercial and distribution loss, as they come under 'F' category in the supply mechanism. But they denied receiving any complaint on power thefts. [TOI]

30 self-financing colleges fined for power theft

KOCHI: Self-financing colleges account for around 20% of anomalies related to power misuse in the district. According to Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) officials, the self-financing sector is the only sector which has grown in terms of physical infrastructure. 

Though they construct new buildings quite often, college authorities do not seek fresh connections or authorised extensions. Rather they use unauthorized extensions, leading to power misuse. 

Of the Rs 3 crore collected as fine for anomalies related to the misuse of power in the district over the last eight months, Rs 1 crore was collected from self-financing colleges. [TOI]

Arkansas Man Charged in Co-op Power Theft

Arkansas man faces multiple criminal charges stemming from theft of services from an electric cooperative that amounted to more than $6,000.
Travis Michael Russell faces six counts for damaging co-op fixtures and six felony theft of service charges related to the co-op’s losses. One felony charge in connection with a municipal water utility and three misdemeanor charges also are pending.
 “Stealing power is just as serious a crime as any other type of theft,” said Mel Coleman, CEO of Salem-based North Arkansas Electric Cooperative. “As a co-op, we will always take a hard line on it because this is not a theft from a corporation; it is a loss to our 30,000 consumer-members.”
An employee of the Mountain Home, Ark., Water Department reported finding a municipal water meter bypassed at a home in the city on April 7, 2014, according to information released by the Baxter County Sheriff’s Department. Municipal water department losses were estimated at $666.
The following month, a North Arkansas Electric Cooperative employee reported that a padlock and seal on one of the co-op’s meters had been cut and jumpers had been attached to bypass the meter.
In both cases, Russell, 40, was a current or former resident of the homes served by the damaged equipment, according to sheriff’s department records.
Investigators working with the co-op discovered several other damaged meters and evidence of power theft involving five units at a mobile home park in Mountain Home in December.
“Travis Russell had been employed by the property owner as a maintenance man but had been discharged and had left the park,” sheriff’s investigators said. Russell is being held following revocation of probation in connection with unrelated charges.
Co-op losses for all of the related incidents have surpassed $6,000.
Increased incidents of power theft and copper theft are a growing concern among the nation’s electric cooperatives, said Coleman, who is NRECA Board vice president.
“There are indications that those responsible teach others how to do it, creating an illegal cottage industry,” said Coleman. “That can make it harder to catch the next person who tries to target our equipment or steal power.”
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 n Arkansas man faces multiple criminal charges stemming from theft of services from an electric cooperative that amounted to more than $6,000.
Travis Michael Russell faces six counts for damaging co-op fixtures and six felony theft of service charges related to the co-op’s losses. One felony charge in connection with a municipal water utility and three misdemeanor charges also are pending.
 “Stealing power is just as serious a crime as any other type of theft,” said Mel Coleman, CEO of Salem-based North Arkansas Electric Cooperative. “As a co-op, we will always take a hard line on it because this is not a theft from a corporation; it is a loss to our 30,000 consumer-members.”
An employee of the Mountain Home, Ark., Water Department reported finding a municipal water meter bypassed at a home in the city on April 7, 2014, according to information released by the Baxter County Sheriff’s Department. Municipal water department losses were estimated at $666.
The following month, a North Arkansas Electric Cooperative employee reported that a padlock and seal on one of the co-op’s meters had been cut and jumpers had been attached to bypass the meter.
In both cases, Russell, 40, was a current or former resident of the homes served by the damaged equipment, according to sheriff’s department records.
Investigators working with the co-op discovered several other damaged meters and evidence of power theft involving five units at a mobile home park in Mountain Home in December.
“Travis Russell had been employed by the property owner as a maintenance man but had been discharged and had left the park,” sheriff’s investigators said. Russell is being held following revocation of probation in connection with unrelated charges.
Co-op losses for all of the related incidents have surpassed $6,000.
Increased incidents of power theft and copper theft are a growing concern among the nation’s electric cooperatives, said Coleman, who is NRECA Board vice president.
“There are indications that those responsible teach others how to do it, creating an illegal cottage industry,” said Coleman. “That can make it harder to catch the next person who tries to target our equipment or steal power.”
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Gov’t seeks to curb electricity theft

AMMAN — Electricity loss currently stands at 15 per cent and can be reduced to 9 per cent with the right strategy, especially as theft is blamed for a significant part of this loss, according to the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Speaking at a meeting on Saturday chaired by Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour to discuss means to address transgression on electricity networks, Energy Minister Mohammad Hamed called for further cooperation with electricity companies in order to draw up plans for "huge" investments that would reduce electricity waste, citing a project being implemented to generate electricity from solar energy.

On the other hand, Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission Chairman Farouq Hiyari noted that the commission, through its liaison officers, has dealt with 440 violations on the national grid during the last two months, of which 78 were classified as transgressions on electricity networks, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Ensour called for more efforts to address power theft, which violates the state's authority and poses a "serious" safety concern for the public.

Highlighting that power waste due to technical malfunctions is an international issue, the premier stressed the need for electricity companies to invest more in solving the problem.

“What is worse than power waste due to technical issues is electricity theft, which might suggest that the state’s authority is absent or ineffective,” Ensour said.

The premier also called for identifying the reasons behind shortcomings, whether caused by a public or private party.

Citing the possibility of a snowstorm during the coming few days, he urged power companies to take the necessary measures and draw up an emergency plan to prevent power cuts, according to Petra.[Jordan vista]

Govt to get third party audit done for SNDL

NAGPUREnergy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule has decided to appoint an agency for third party audit of city power franchisee SNDL. Many MLAs and corporator have lodged complaints with Bawankule and union transport minister Nitin Gadkari regarding allegedly poor quality of service of SNDL and harassment of consumers.

The minister told TOI, "At first, Gadkari and I will hold a meeting of public representatives to know their grievances. Then the third party audit would be done. The agency will find out whether SNDL has violated any clause of the distribution franchisee agreement (DFA). A meeting will be held with SNDL officers on February 21 and the findings of the report would be discussed."

Meanwhile, about 300 employees of seven SNDL contractors staged demonstrations at RBI square against the contractors' decision to sack them. These contractors have stopped working for SNDL because of delay in clearing their bills. Recently, all SNDL contractors had gone on strike over non-payment of dues pertaining to the period when Spanco was the owner of SNDL and also those owed by Essel Utilities, the current owner.Most of SNDL's work is done by contractors. When they went on strike the entire power distribution system was paralyzed in the franchisee area. This is the second time it happened. In April 2014, the contractors had gone on strike for the same reason. Many public representatives have complained that consumers suffered during the strike. Even otherwise, there are a large number of complaints against SNDL.

The franchisee has earned wrath of consumers because of the meter replacement drive. As the new electronic meters are far more accurate than old electromechanical ones, the bill increases creating an impression that the new meters are fast. Anti-theft operations have also led to many controversies. The consumers who have been booked for power theft claim they have been framed. A large number of pilferers claim their assessment has been inflated to extract more money from them.[TOI]

388 booked for power theft as discom adds Rs 9cr to kitty

NOIDA: Purvanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) has filed FIRs against 388 consumers and has recovered nearly Rs 7.50 crore in arrears from defaulters in the first 25 days of its campaign against power theft in the district, officials said.

Officials said that 3,824 connections have been snapped as part of the drive which began on January 12, and has covered over 54 villages and residential colonies so far. The department has also issued 457 new connections during the drive, which will continue till February 28.

The number of defaulters who have opted for One-Time Settlement Scheme (OTS), as of February 6, stands at 792, officials said, whereas 142 people have admitted to power theft and paid the penalty and electricity bills. The total amount recovered from theft recovery currently stands at Rs 1.69 crore. The total money recovered stands to 9.2 crore.

"We are collating data on a daily basis and will have a clearer picture at the end of the drive,' said D K Jain, executive engineer of PVVNL, Noida. Arvind Rajvedi, superintending engineer of PVVNL, said that the discom was targeting 10,000 consumers during the seven-week anti-theft drive and the total outstanding amount to be recovered is Rs 32 crore.

Rajvedi said defaulters should utilize the OTS scheme as "it's their last chance to come forward and clear their outstanding dues. If they do not avail themselves of the facility, they will face penal action." Sources said that UPPCL chairman Sanjay Agarwal has instructed officials to carry out similar drives across the state.[TOI]

On the impetus of police, MSEDCL raids power thief


Towards the end of 2014, while displaying the role of an alert citizen and acting as a whistle-blower over the power theft by his own tenant, Rajendra K Sinha a resident of Dhantoli lodged a written complaint and asked the concerned department to take suitable action.

According to Sinha’s letter, there were two tenants identified as Bhaskar Anna and Mohan Ingle living in a portion of his house ‘Jagdish Niwas’ for the past 3-4 months.

These tenants were allegedly kept as tenants by Sinha’s younger brother Jitendra Sinha. Both the tenants did not pay their electricity bill. So MSEDCL disconnected their power connection. Immediately after the disconnection, the tenants started stealing electricity and using the stolen power. When Sinha found out about this, he had allegedly asked the tenants to abstain from stealing power.

Irked by Sinha, the tenants had allegedly threatened to kill the family members of Sinha. Sinha informed the police administration about this threatening and requested them to take suitable legal action against the accused tenants.

On January 30, 2015, taking the matter seriously, Police Sub Inspector S G Lande wrote a letter to the MSEDCL office at Dhantoli. He had requested the officials of MSEDCL to take action based on the case registered at Dhantoli Police Station bearing No. 274/14. He also requested the officials to investigate and take corrective measures against the accused. He asked them to inform Dhantoli Police Station about the action taken.

After 24 hours of the receipt of the letter, the MSEDCL officials arrived with a full force and raided the house of Sinha-‘Jagdish Niwas’. The MSEDCL officials registered a case against the offenders. Both the tenants were visibly shaken by this sudden raid. However, they continued to threaten the house owner.

The tenants had repeatedly warned the house owner Sinha and had claimed that they will soon procure a legal connection or will clear all the dues and will get the power-connection re-connected. The tenants then started continuously threatening Sinha for complaining to the cops and the MSEDCL officials.

As a precaution and in order to protect him and his family, Sinha submitted a written complaint to the Chief Minister and Commissioner of Police complaining about the threats issued by the tenants and their continuing to use stolen power.

He requested the MSEDCL officials not to restore the power connection even if they clear the dues by making the payments. The Dhantoli branch of MSEDCL has considered the request seriously and has assured of a positive and pro-active action.[NAGPUR TODAY]

CUB power supply snapped

GAYA: Power officials on Wednesday raided the new area temporary campus of the Central University of Bihar (CUB) in connection with the alleged power theft and illegal electricity consumption by the university. India Power AGM Rakesh Ranjan confirmed raid by the power distribution company officials. 

India Power having its headquarters in Kolkata is the franchise holder for power distribution in Gaya town, Bodh Gaya and Manpur areas of the district. 

Interestingly, among other subjects, law is taught on Gaya campus under the five-year integrated course plan. Power supply to the Gaya temporary campus has been disconnected with immediate effect. Power, according to India Power officials was being used by the university without proper metering and legal connection. The Gaya campus has been functioning for nearly two years now. 

According to the power company AGM, Rakesh Ranjan, Central University was using 51 KW power on Gaya campus and a bill for Rs 38.95 lakh has been slapped on the university. 

In case of non-clearance of the assessed bill within 24 hours, the power company will be lodging criminal case against the university officials, said the AGM. Central University registrar M Nehal said a minor technical discrepancy was being blown out of proportion. According to the registrar, the temporary campus is running from a rented building and a part of the building is in the personal possession of the property owner. As per the conditions of agreement with the property owner, the property owner is supposed to provide electricity, sanitary fittings and water connection in 'sound condition'. 

The university has already applied for a separate transformer and the requisite amount of the transformer has been deposited with the power company, said the registrar. 

Confirming the disconnection of power supply, the registrar said the university, on Wednesday received a notice under section 135 of the Electricity Act and the power company will be issuing demand slip on the basis of assessed power consumption by the university since the operation of the temporary campus at Gaya.[TOI]

More than 9,000 connections severed in Meerut in anti-power theft drive

MEERUT: Pashchimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Ltd (PVVNL) in the last 16 days has disconnected 9,512 connections to households or businesses in Meerut district that have defaulted on bill payment.
 The move comes as a part of an ongoing public awareness cum anti-power theft drive. The power corporation has also recovered dues worth nearly Rs 9 crore from the urban as well rural circles. 
 PVVNL officials said 1,843 new connections were also installed in course of the awareness campaign. A higher number of irregularities were recorded in the rural areas as compared to their urban counterparts. While 5,480 lines were disconnected in rural areas, 4,032 lines were severed in the urban circles. Also, dues of Rs 5.8 crore were collected from rural zones, while Rs 3 crore came from urban localities. A total of 114 FIRs have also been lodged against offenders. 
            "978 meters were replaced and 644 connections saw load revisions in course of the drive," said P K Nigam, superintending engineer, Meerut (urban). The state government has also directed PVVNL officials to bring to book the 620 defaulters against whom the electricity department had filed cases in August 2014. In order to cut down overall line losses from 32.2% to 15% and also reduce losses to the exchequer, PVVNL has embarked on the six-week awareness campaign that will conclude on February 28. 

Punjab government initiates steps to check Power theft

The Punjab government has initiated several steps to check power theft in the state, including curtailing transmission and distribution (T&D) losses of electricity.A spokesman for deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who also holds the power portfolio, said Punjab would be the first state in the country to have all urban areas with underground power cable network in order to have wire-free roads and uninterrupted power supply with a investment of Rs 2,000 crore.
             The spokesman stated that to create best power infrastructure in the state, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) had implemented major initiatives to control the theft of energy and scaling down T&D losses.
            The steps include shifting of the low-voltage distribution system to the high-voltage system, replacement of ordinary lamps with CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps), addition of capacitors, shifting of meters outside consumers’ premises, upgradation and strengthening of the distribution system, and automated meter reading facilities. He said such measures had resulted in dropping of the peak demand by about 1,000 MW and saving of 1,200 MUs (million units) annually.[HT]

Honeyman: Electricity pilferage

Fortnight across Uttar Pradesh for power thefts, an official said today.
HE excerpts from Board Resolution No. 10872 from the Central Negros Electric Cooperative Inc. (Ceneco) dated Aug. 1, 2014 and which appeared in Sun.Star Bacolod on Thursday Jan. 29, 2015 is of interest.
The resolution deals with the problem of electricity pilferage.
Ceneco’s proposed solution is for pilferers to put in a small (2”x3”) advertisement in a newspaper of local circulation once a week for three consecutive weeks admitting their pilferage and publicly apologizing to Ceneco and its consumers. This must be done in order for the consumer to be reconnected. The resolution states that this policy will be into effect from March 1, 2015.
Source:: Sunstar

FIRs lodged against 16,000 in UP for power thefts

The drive to identify and penalise power thieves was set rolling by the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) January 12 after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, at a review meeting, asked powermen to minimise line losses and power theft.

Power officials told IANS that during the period 1.13 lakh new connections were installed and 1.19 lakh existing power connections were snapped as the consumers had not paid their bills.

Managing director of UPPCL A.P. Mishra said that till January 29, the load of 27,577 homes were increased and metres were replaced at 57,152 places. “During the drive, so far, we have successfully recovered arrears of Rs 180.crores,” he added.

Maximum number of new connections – 13,674 – were provided in Azamgarh, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s parliamentary constituency, followed by Allahabad (11,778) and Moradabad (10,111).

Additional Director General of police (ADG) G.L. Meena said that police were cracking down on power thieves based on inputs received by powermen. In the last 24-hours alone, 292 power theft cases, nine of them with serious irregularities, were discovered.[TOI]

FIRs lodged against 16,000 in UP for Power thefts


First Information Reports (FIRs) were registered against 16,000 people in the last fortnight across Uttar Pradesh for power thefts, an official said Monday.

The drive to identify and penalise power thieves was set rolling by the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) January 12 after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, at a review meeting, asked powermen to minimise line losses and power theft.

Power officials told IANS that during the period 1.13 lakh new connections were installed and 1.19 lakh existing power connections were snapped as the consumers had not paid their bills. 

Managing director of UPPCL A.P. Mishra said that till January 29, the load of 27,577 homes were increased and metres were replaced at 57,152 places. "During the drive, so far, we have successfully recovered arrears of Rs 180.crores," he added.

Maximum number of new connections - 13,674 - were provided in Azamgarh, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's parliamentary constituency, followed by Allahabad (11,778) and Moradabad (10,111). 

Additional Director General of police (ADG) G.L. Meena said that police were cracking down on power thieves based on inputs received by powermen. In the last 24-hours alone, 292 power theft cases, nine of them with serious irregularities, were discovered.[Z NEWS]

AAP’s Bizarre Bijli Election

Let’s be clear about one thing: residents of Delhi are a much pampered lot. But being the power centre, or the capital of the country, expecting good quality 24x7 electricity is not an unreasonable khwaish of its people. Having street lamps is not an unreasonable desire either. But remember by and large these are public services. 

The irony of Dehi’s privileged position is evident given that that the very definition of electrification in a village in India is that “at least 10 per cent of the total number of households in the village” should have electricity. And this definition was upgraded just ten years back and brought to “at least 10 per cent”. But here we are talking about the capital – the nation’s capital, the capital of an “emerging super power”. A measly 10 per cent won’t do here. We want 100 per cent. We want it 24x7. And we want it cheap. 

The previous government some 14 years back attempted to improve the fate the Delhizens by simply privatizing the retail chain and handed it over to two companies. Sure, there was bidding etc. The simple thought was, ‘if it works in Mumbai it will work in Delhi’. But apparently it has not. 

With elections round the corner in the capital, leaders from Aam Admi Party echo that the private companies are looting Delhites, their numbers (accounts) are fudged, meters are faulty. Is that true? Maybe. Maybe not. How can one tell when the entire privatization exercise rests on the premise that these new players would cut down theft of electricity from over 60% to single-digit numbers to even zero (India’s greatest contribution to mathematics) over a period of time with targets for each year? 

During this period, the government committed to a subsidy in order to cushion consumers from price shocks and companies from not bleeding. And yes, it also put in place a regulator to oversee matters. Put simply, in order to cut down theft of electricity (any theft is an offence under law), the State got in the private chaps. Now isn’t that an admission that the State can’t check theft? You just can’t leave it by saying the private companies are more efficient. 

That said, Delhi had over 60 per cent of unaccounted electricity. But is this figure correct? Ask the companies, they will say No! And there is good reason to believe that this number is incorrect because there were no meters or even if they were, they didn’t account for what was really being consumed. So when Arvind Kejriwal says that meters are running fast, the joke doing the rounds is that he is probably right…it would appear so as they was not running in the first place (you see, motion is relative). 

In the same breath, reconnecting meters that were allegedly wrongly disconnected with a pair of pliers and a screwdriver in your hands is not going help. If anything, it is anarchist! We don’t want that. And branding companies as thieves and cancelling licenses will achieve nothing– except legal battles. 

First we need to understand what the problem is.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if one had 100 per cent assured power supply in Delhi? Simple: demand would go up. Latent demand would rise as people would want more aircons, more lights, more electrical gadgets – more consumption. Can we meet that demand? I don’t think we are even aware that someone’s saying “Houston, we have a problem”. Think about it.[ KANDULA SUBRAMANIAM]outlook

Tshwane electricity theft spirals out of control

Electricity theft, meter tampering and faulty meters cost the City of Tshwane R416 million in the 2013/14 financial year. This is an 83% increase over the previous year.

Together with technical losses, the municipality lost income from electricity to the value of R819 million, up from R622 million in the previous financial year.

In total 14.25% of all elelctricity available for sale was lost. This is a sharp increase from 11.03% in the previous financial year and comes as the country is subjected to load shedding because of a supply shortage.

The norm for electricity losses in big cities is 6%-8%, Leon Claassen, analyst at Ratings Afrika earlier told Moneyweb.

The extent of the electricty losses was disclosed in the Auditor-General’s (AG) audit report that will be tabled in council on Thursday.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday hosted a media conference about the AG report and other issues from the annual financial statements the report is based on.

The city got an unqualified report with emphasis on several matters.

One of the matters the AG emphasised is the R5 billion impairment of consumer debtors, an increase of almost R1.3 billion from the previous financial year and 66% of all consumer debtors (2013:54%).

The city also made a provision for doubtful debt of R1.1 billion, up from R810 million in the previous financial year.

As in previous years the AG said Tshwane’s financial statements contained several material misstatements, this time including non-current assets, revenue and irregular expenditure. These were corrected during the audit process resulting in the unqualified audit opinion.

The AG stated that city manager Jason Ngobeni as accounting officer contravened supply chain management regulations by approving procurement of goods and services of more than R200 000 without inviting competing bids.

He did not put a value to such transactions, but added that construction contracts were given to contractors who did not qualify in terms of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) regulations.

The CIDB grades contractors in terms of financial and technical ability, which implies that the contractors appointed might not have been able to complete the job properly.

The AG also stated that contracts were unlawfully given to government employees, council employees and their family members and where applicable, the relationship was not disclosed.

While he does not disclose the amounts involved in each instance, irregular expenditure, which is in contravention of legislative requirements, amounted to R451 million. This is a cumulative number, which had an opening balance of R295 million at the beginning of the year, of irregular expenditure in previous years that has not been addressed.

Unauthorised expenditure, which refers to spending that was not budgeted for and is a number accumulated only in the reporting period, amounted to R1.2 billion – double the R600 million of the previous financial year.

The AG pointed out that internal controls were not effective to ensure that an adequate asset register was maintained and the municipality did not pay its creditors within the required 30 days.

In the financial statements the Group CFO admitted that creditors are on average paid after 51 days. The DA however argues that if the payment before invoice of the city’s controversial electricity contractor PEU is excluded, the payments are on average only being made after 104 days – three and a half months!

The AG criticised the lack of effective oversight over financial reporting and the implementation of plans to address previous audit findings.

The DA said the city is facing serious risks. “The city is operating on or beyond healthy financial ratios, with a dicey asset register, decreasing cash flow, non-collection of debtors and insufficient cash to meet its liabilities to name but a few,” the party said.

According to the party, the city’s current ration (current assets in relations to current liabilities) is 0.72:1.

That means the city only has 72c in assets to pay every R1 of short term liabilities. It will therefore have to dip into long term assets to cover its current liabilities.

The DA explains why the city embarked on a hurried sale of several of its properties last year – it needed cash.

If inventories are excluded from current assets the ration deteriorates to 0.66:1.

The party said the City of Tshwane’s cash decreased by 19% over the year, while current liabilities decreased by only 2.6%, illustrating the worsening cash shortage.

According to the DA, Tshwane “will simply run out of operating cash during the present financial year” as it fails to collect debtors.

[ Antoinette Slabbert]

Soon, mobile vans to collect power dues in 10 west UP districts

MEERUT: Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Ltd will soon launch mobile cash collection vans in 10 districts of western Uttar Pradesh to recover power dues from individual households. The move is aimed at increasing the volume of collections. 

Officials said the service is expected to be launched this month and will cover Meerut, Ghaziabad, Bijnor, Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Bulandshahr, Noida, Rampur and Moradabad. Each van will be equipped with a computer and printer and will be manned by an operator, cashier and a guard. 

"This arrangement is being done to help consumers pay their bills from home as the van will collect payments from individual localities. Many a time due to long queues, consumers often fail to pay their power dues on time. The facility of mobile van will ease this pressure," PVVNL MD V V Pant said. 

The power corporation is learnt to have outsourced this facility to a private firm. For now 20 vans have been ordered and if required, more will be pressed into service. 

Another senior official in the corporation said, "The main reason behind this strategy is to minimize line losses which are to the tune of 32.20 % in a city like Meerut. The corporation has also launched a public awareness campaign to curb power theft which is responsible for huge losses to the exchequer. These vans will be an extension of the same plan." The scheme is tried and tested as Bareilly and Lucknow already have this facility and it is running smoothly. 

To make things easier for consumers, the schedule of these vans in each district will be made public with the help of media two days in advance. [TOI]

Three Enemalta employees suspended over Electricity theft.

Three Enemalta employees have been suspended pending further police investigations after they allegedly assisted customers to steal electricity.The case was revealed after an investigation by Enemalta employees working to curb electricity theft.The company initially suspended two workers, with the third being suspended a few hours later as more information came to light.All information was handed over to the police, who are now investigating the workers. They are expected to arraign them.Enemalta suspended 13 workers for theft of electricity last year.

                                      It said its efforts to reduce its non-technical losses were continuing this year, with further inspections and inquiries to identify and stop cases of theft and other electricity supply irregularities.It said that last year, it introduced several measures which led to a 33 per cent reduction in electricity theft losses. It allocated more resources to increase random inspections and check suspected irregularities and it started using specialised tools to identify irregularities in electricity consumption readings.

                                  Enemalta said its efforts were consolidated by the government’s decision to revise electricity theft regulations and increase penalties for perpetrators caught stealing electricity, raising fines from 10 per cent to 200 per cent of the cost of the stolen electricity.         

Individuals aware of irregularities should contact Enemalta and provide the necessary details for further inquiries.[TIMES OF MALTA]

Police investigating two Enemalta workers over electricity theft

Enemalta has suspended two of its employees suspected of having assisted customers in stealing electricity.

In a statement, the energy company said Enemalta’s efforts to reduce its non-technical losses continued this year, with further inspections and inquiries to identify and stop cases of theft and other electricity supply irregularities.

Pending further police investigations, a total of 13 workers were suspended last year.

“In the latest developments, the Company suspended two employees pending further Police inquiries after they were suspected of assisting customers in stealing electricity. The case was identified after an investigation by the dedicated team of Enemalta employees working to curb electricity theft. All information was handed over to the Police, who are now investigating the two suspended workers,” a spokesperson for the company said.

Last year, Enemalta introduced several measures which led to a 33% reduction in electricity theft losses. The company allocated more resources to increase random inspections and to check suspected irregularities. It started using specialised tools to identify irregularities in electricity consumption readings.

The company’s efforts were consolidated by the Government’s decision to revise electricity theft regulations and increase penalties for perpetrators caught stealing electricity, raising fines from 10% to 200% of the cost of the stolen electricity.            

“Backed by 2014’s positive results, Enemalta is continuing its inspections and inquiries to restrain electricity supply irregularities,” the company said.

Enemalta urged individuals aware of such irregularities to contact the company and provide the necessary details for further inquiries.


Power pilferage by cable operator

In their ongoing drive against power pilferage, Kesco team raided the office of Den Cable Network's franchise in Keshavpuram on Sunday.

Kesco spokesperson RD Pandey said that the raid was headed by Kalyanpur division's executive engineer Gurjeet Singh. During the raid, the team detected that the complete system for cable network was being operated through a 'katiya' connection. He further said that dish cable was being used as a 'katiya' to draw power supply from electricity pole.

The spokesperson further said that Rs 1.5 lakh as assessment amount was slapped on the defaulters and added that while the defaulter paid Rs 50,000 through cheque on the spot, he promised to clear the remaining amount within next few days.[TOI]

Two held on charge of power theft

JIRI, Jan 24: A team of Manipur State Power Distribution Connection Ltd (MSPDCL), Jiribam Division during a drive pulled up two persons in connection with electric connection larceny at around 6.30 pm yesterday, reports Jiri News Network (JNN).
The drive team was led by M Dorendra Sharma, Deputy General Manager (DGM), Manipur State Power Distribution Connection Ltd (MSPDCL), Jiribam Division.
The men thus held have been identified as Dina Kumar Singh, Hilghat, Jiribam and L Nila Singh s/o (L) L Dono Singh, Gularthol Bazar, Jiribam.

[The Sangai Express]

KSEB tightens screws on high-tension consumers

KOCHI: The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), which had earlier started a drive against power theft and other anomalies by domestic and non-domestic consumers, is planning to extend the drive to high-tension consumers.

Large-scale agriculture consumers, cinemas, private hospitals and private blood banks, IT/ITES institutions and elite domestic consumers, etc. will come under the scanner.

It is learnt that the vigilance wing of KSEB has prepared a list of 32 high-tension consumers in the district who are said to be committing anomalies. "Since the supply to this category of consumers is provided through 11kV lines, chances of power theft are very rare. Still, there can be technical errors such as electricity meters that are not properly calibrated, etc. They may also be consuming more. In case of consuming more than the need shown in the contract, the consumer will be slapped with a fine of 20%," an official with KSEB said. For high-tension consumers, the electricity bill consists of demand charges and energy charges. The demand charge is a fixed charge calculated on the basis of requirement shown in the contract. The energy charge is calculated on the basis of actual consumption.[TOI]

power theft at nagpur

NAGPUR: In a major operation the Washim flying squad has detected a power theft of Rs 37.92 lakh in a rice mill. The unit is located in Saundad village in Sadak Arjuni taluka.

The squad led by executive engineer DM Fulzele found out that the mill owner SM Agrawal had bypassed the electric meter by taking direct supply from power line. The squad assessed power theft of 3.26 lakh units. The assessment was around Rs 22.62 lakh. In addition a penalty of Rs 15.30 lakh was levied. A case under Section 135 of Electricity Act (power theft) has been registered against Agrawal in MSEDCL's Nagpur police station.

Meanwhile, MSEDCL's Nagpur urban zone (NUZ) has compiled the data of vigilance operations in 2014. The total power theft amount along with penalty is Rs 6.47 crore.

The total number of power theft cases detected was 1,713. Some 326 cases were registered against the pilferers. The vigilance operations were conducted under the leadership of Sumit Kumar.[TOI]

KSEB tightens screws on high-tension consumers

KOCHI: The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), which had earlier started a drive against power theft and other anomalies by domestic and non-domestic consumers, is planning to extend the drive to high-tension consumers.

Large-scale agriculture consumers, cinemas, private hospitals and private blood banks, IT/ITES institutions and elite domestic consumers, etc. will come under the scanner.

It is learnt that the vigilance wing of KSEB has prepared a list of 32 high-tension consumers in the district who are said to be committing anomalies. "Since the supply to this category of consumers is provided through 11kV lines, chances of power theft are very rare. Still, there can be technical errors such as electricity meters that are not properly calibrated, etc. They may also be consuming more. In case of consuming more than the need shown in the contract, the consumer will be slapped with a fine of 20%," an official with KSEB said. For high-tension consumers, the electricity bill consists of demand charges and energy charges. The demand charge is a fixed charge calculated on the basis of requirement shown in the contract. The energy charge is calculated on the basis of actual consumption.

There are hints that celebrities to industrialists to malls figure in the list of 32 suspected cases of HT consumers identified by the vigilance wing of KSEB. "The new supply code of the electricity regulatory authority has curtailed some of the powers of KSEB to penalize erring consumers. Now, we can slap a fine of just 20% in case of additional consumption over and above the contract demand," sources said.

"This has reduced the revenue that can be generated through the drive," sources said.

There have been instances of excessive use by HT consumers which have resulted in the collapse of KSEB's supply system. In such cases, KSEB has the right to snap the supply to the consumer. There are around 1,000 HT consumers in Ernakulam district.[TOI]

Turn an ‘informer’ of power theft, get rewarded .

LUCKNOW: Pulling out all stops to make the drive against power theft a success, the energy department is reaching out to consumers not just through awareness campaigns but is also encouraging them to turn 'informers' for a good cause. 

The department has appealed to the people to inform Lucknow Electricity Supply Administration (Lesa) about any type of power theft that they come to know of. The identity of the informer will be kept secret. 

Besides, an informer will get paid Rs 100 for every kilowatt of stolen electricity that he brings to the notice of officials. The information can be dropped at toll free number 1800-1800-440 or conveyed to Lesa's chief engineer at 9415901286. 

"Any information that comes to us will be looked into in an hour's time," said chief engineer SK Verma. 

Lucknow reports around 30% line losses in a year. 'Katiya' is the biggest and the most visible form of power theft. The anti-power theft drive has been on for barely 10 days but more than 2,500 'katiya' connections have been removed from electricity poles and cables in Aminabad, BKT, Chinhat, Residency area, outskirts of Gomtinagar, Alambagh, Takrohi, Chowk, Rajajipuram, Thakurganj, Khurramnagar, Para, Vikasnagar and other localities. The menace is rampant in Old City and on the outskirts. 

"In one of the localities in Old City, we removed 40 'katiyas' from a pole but only 12 people came to us with their bills and payment receipts. To identify the remaining consumers, we need to track each and every connection drawn from the pole. This is a time-taking process but it will be done," said the official. 

Officials are now putting up boards on poles about the number of 'genuine' consumers drawing electricity from them. Any additional cable attached to the pole will be verified for 'genuineness. 

In Old City, 52 people have been caught for being involved in power theft. 


J$6.9-m tool to help JPS detect electricity theft

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) says it signed a contract with the World Bank and Impact Lab on Wednesday to develop an analytical application tool that will help to detect electricity theft.

The contract, JPS said, is worth US$60,000 or roughly J$6.9 million, and represents a grant of US$40,000 from the World Bank, with the remainder being the JPS’ contribution to the effort.

“The World Bank will operate through the Impact Lab, whose personnel will work alongside JPS teams, to ensure the suitability of the application for the Jamaican environment,” JPS said in a news release Thursday.

The light and power company said a pilot phase of the implementation of the application will commence by the end of the first quarter of 2015.

JPS said it lost over US$18m last year due to fuel costs it could not recover as a result of electricity theft.

It said this is among several initiatives it has embarked on to stem this scourge[Jamaica Observer]

Firozabad traders protest Power theft checking drive

FIROZABAD: The state electricity department's decision to go on a drive to nab power pilferers hit a hurdle on the first day itself after local traders took to the streets to protest against their "high-handedness". 

As department officials started conducting surprise checks in various markets of the town, several miffed businessmen came out of their shops complaining about such drives. They even threatened to agitate if the state-wide campaign didn't stop. 

Collectively complaining about being "harassed" by electricity department officials, shop owners lodged a complaint with district magistrate Vijat Kiran Anand regarding the matter. In the letter, they said the state officials' multiple checking inside their establishment was "causing a hindrance to their business". 

Local BJP MLA Manish Asija, supporting the traders, pressed district administration to ensure officials from the state department "do not violate any rules". He, however, added that the anti-power theft drive will continue for the next few days. 

Meanwhile, 22 teams from the electricity department collected Rs 63 lakh in penalty. Around 101 FIRs were lodged against suspect power thieves on Thursday. 

The anti-power theft drive is aiming to catch power thieves and urge people to get a legitimate electricity connection. In 2014, the district came third in the state in terms of adding new connections during a similar drive. The electricity department had added 62,415 new connections then. Last year's drive was held between July and August, and over 1,000 FIRs were lodged against suspect power thieves.[Times of India] 

Smart grids to help India battle energy theft

India plans to invest billions of dollars into smart grid development over the next ten years to get electricity theft under control.
According to smart infrastructure consultancy Northeast Group, India’s economy loses up to $16.2bn a year due to widespread practice of electricity theft.
"India loses more money to theft than any other country in the world," said Ben Gardner, president of Northeast Group, which has just published a forecast of India’s smart grid market for the next decade.
"The state of Maharashtra – which includes Mumbai – alone loses $2.8bn per year, more than all but eight countries in the world. Nationally, total transmission and distribution losses approach 23 per cent and some states' losses exceed 50 per cent,” he said, adding that the excessive losses make Indian utilities financially unsustainable.
In November, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to launch a $4bn programme for deployment of smart meters with a further $8bn to be made available for further loss reduction programs.
Northeast Group said dozens of projects are getting underway across all of India’s 29 states with the cumulative spending for the 2015-2025 period expected to reach $21.6bn.
"India's electricity demand growth is set to exceed 7 per cent a year over the next decade," said Gardner. "In addition to smart metering, current pilot projects focus on distribution automation and wide area measurement, as well as home energy management and IT. Overall power sector investment will include adding 43 million new electricity connections and nearly three million kilometres of new circuits."
India is currently the largest open smart grid infrastructure market in the world, presenting new opportunities to international companies.

power theft-Kanpur rich lock out to escape power blackout

KANPUR: People indulging in power theft locked up their houses and escaped to prevent raid teams of Kanpur Electricity Supply Company to conduct checks. The Kesco staff on Saturday launched a checking drive in Kalyanpur division, where a well off section of the society lives. The drive was part of the ongoing statewide initiative to reduce power theft, especially 'katiya' connections and irregularities in meters. When Kesco teams raided Kalyanpur Kala area, the residents of the locality locked up their homes and escaped. All the shops in the local market were closed. 

Kesco spokesman R D Pandey confirmed that people locked their homes and escaped. "Such an act on the part of the power consumers prove that they were involved in power theft and to save themselves from action they escaped from their homes," Pandey said while talking to TOI. 

This locality is of well to do people who can afford to pay bills but stealing power had become their habit, Pandey. On earlier occasions also, the locals of this area had stopped Kesco teams from conducting raid but this time police arrangement forced them to flee. Gurjeet Singh, executive engineer of Kalyanpur sub-station who headed the team, said that Kalyanpur Kala is infamous for power theft and therefore, a major drive was launched here on Saturday morning. "When we were checking connections, people from 15 to 20 houses or even more escaped. They also locked up their homes," he said. 

"Though we could not raid such locked houses but some strategy would be formed to do the needful which I will not disclose now," he said. 

He mentioned that an entire market having more than a dozen shops was also closed. "We know that in this area, power theft is rampant. Use of 'katiya' for drawing power and bypassing meters is common. Therefore, this place was raided but people ran away which proves that they are guilty," a senior Kesco official said. During the drive, many 'katiya' connections were removed and irregularities detected. Cases of meter bypass were also noticed. "Nine new connections were released and Rs 40,000 realised as fine from defaulters," he added. 

Kalyanpur Kala locality is of well to do people who can afford to pay bills but stealing power had become their habit, Pandey. On earlier occasions also, the locals of this area had stopped Kesco teams from conducting raid but this time police arrangement forced them to flee. (Times of India)

Rs 13L raised in drive against Power theft

BAREILLY: Under the 'vidyutchorirokoabhiyan' (drive against power theft), power department officials fanned out in several localities in the city on Tuesday to check meters. The exercise is part of an ongoing campaign against power theft by Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) officials. The drive is expected to improve collection of arrears by the cash-strapped power department, which is suffering huge losses due to power theft. 

Talking to TOI, superintendent engineer (urban) N K Srivastava (urban) said power department has collected arrears to the tune of Rs 13.12 lakh on Tuesday alone from all three circles while total arrears collection so far amounts to Rs 75.94 lakh. 

The anti-theft campaign started on January 16. On Tuesday, power officials detected several instances of irregularities in meter readings in various localities, including Durga Nagar, Sufi Tola, Quila, Subash Nagar and many others. An FIR was lodged against six consumers increasing total tally to 117 to date. As many as 65 consumers were charged with tampering their electricity meters, which were replaced. So far, meters of 405 consumers have been changed. 

The drive seems to have had a positive impact. As many as 53 locals after seeing strictness adopted during the anti-theft campaign opted for "one time settlement" on Tuesday. With this the tally of defaulters paying up has increased to 164. 

The anti-theft campaign on was not just confined to checking meters. It also saw distribution of new connections. According to reports, 19 new connections installed on Tuesday by power officials, raising the tally to 116 till date. On the other hand, power officials snapped electricity supply of 77 regular connections after the consumers concerned failed to pay dues. 

Superintendent engineer Srivastava said, "The campaign will continue in the district and defaulters will not be spared at any cost. Department has its own limitations yet we are trying hard to make power supply better. But for that, people need to pay their bills too." (Times of India)

PowerTheft-Dept conducts raids in city to check theft

Tribune News service
Srinagar, January 16
The Power Development Department (PDD) during the last several weeks conducted nocturnal raids in various residential colonies of uptown and downtown Srinagar, fining defaulters and households, who were allegedly resorting to power thefts.
Official sources in the PDD said due to a widening gap between the demand and load agreement with domestic consumers, power curtailments during the winter months had become the need of the hour.
Domestic power consumption increases manifold during the winter months, but the load agreement with domestic consumers has remained the same,” the official said.
However, domestic consumers are crying foul over the heavy fining by the PDD describing it an unfair move. “Last week, each household in residential colonies of uptown Srinagar, including Baghi Mehtab, Nowgam, Chanapora and Sanat Nagar, found to be involved in power thefts were fined Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000. That is unfair on the part of the PDD, especially when public department offices, security forces and other agencies owe the state government a huge power bill,” Salman Ahmad, a resident of Lone Mohalla, Chanapora, said.
The PDD’s out of schedule power curtailments have further angered consumers, who said the state government should have been alert on providing consistent power supply during the extreme cold conditions.
“The winter months here are indicative of the fact that demand in power will increase. This has been the trend in the Valley. But little do the authorities care. On the contrary, they seem to be taxing the domestic consumers more by fining them heavily. We seek an answer from the state government on who are the biggest power defaulters in the state. To our knowledge they are various state government offices and the police,” Khursheed Ahmad, a civil society member, said.[The Tribune]

40 power theft cases reported

LUCKNOW: About 40 cases of power theft were reported on the first day of anti-power theft drive in the city. Five cases of theft were reported in Residency circle and four in Chinhat circle. Power theft was also reported from BKT, Sitapur road, Takrohi and Badali kheda. A total of 137 mechanical meters were replaced and 391 new service connections released. At least 165 defective meters were replaced. At least, 248 connections were snapped as they owe Lucknow Electricity Supply Administration (LESA), Rs 62.70 lakh collectively. Lesa chief engineer SK Verma said they did not get any adverse report on the first day [Times of india]

Power pilferage-BJP seeks clarity on Pre-Paid meters.

 ITANAGAR, Jan 12 – Arunachal Pradesh BJP has demanded the State Government to come out clear on the ongoing installation of pre-paid electric meters in the State capital which has created confusion among the people.
“The State Government should clarify its stand through a white paper on the terms and conditions of the contract awarded to the company installing pre-paid meters and on the expenditure to be incurred in the entire process,” party’s Chief Spokesman RK Khrimey said here.
He said, the party was not against the new technology but wondered on the manner the State Government hurriedly took the decision. The basic idea was to stop power pilferage that cost the State exchequer but there was public outcry over rise of power rent, he said.
“If the government is so serious to lessen power pilferage, the Power department should first install such meters at the residences of Governor, Chief Minister, Minister, MLAs and top bureaucrats and technocrats on trial basis to convince the common people,” he said.
Demanding for a immediate halt in the ongoing process, Khrimey said that the party would soon meet the Governor seeking his intervention on the issue.
The Power department has launched the pilot project in the State capital from November 10 last at a total cost of Rs 85 crore. So far, a total of 600 meters have been installed and the department is targeting to cover 3,000 consumers by March next. – PTI
[the Assam tribune]

Farm power connections to be brought under HVDS


Andhra Pradesh

The power utilities are gearing up for the launch of an ambitious project aiming at reducing transmission and distribution losses and ensuring quality power supply to consumers, especially farmers.

The companies will bring agriculture connections in Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam, Anantapur, Kurnool, Kadapa and Chittoor districts under the high voltage distribution system to check the losses. Being implemented with assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the project is aiming at reduction of energy losses, checking power theft, reduction in peak-hour loss and bringing down failure of transformers.

Involving an estimated Rs. 276.31 crore, the project will be implemented over the next three years, saving around Rs. 76.72 crore per annum to the utilities. Accordingly, the utilities programmed to spend Rs. 127.64 crore this fiscal year, Rs. 76.35 crore during the next financial year and another Rs. 72.32 crore during the 2016-17 fiscal year on bringing farm connections under the HVDS.

Energy Secretary Ajay Jain said the utilities were taking up all possible steps such as running power plants at optimum levels, maintaining adequate coal stocks and procurement of power from outside as and when needed to ensure adequate supply during rabi.

Asserting that there would be no compromise on providing seven-hour power supply to the farm sector, he asked the officials to ensure time-bound replacement of failed distribution transformers (DTRs).

Field officials had been asked to maintain sufficient rolling stock for timely replacement of failed DTRs besides conducting sub-station level meetings involving farmers and local public representatives to gather feedback on the power supply situation during rabi.

APGenco MD K. Vijayanand asked the officials to conduct frequent inspections on the power supply situation and ensure redress of consumers’ grievances on spot.

Government increases fines for Power theft

Government has increased the fine for homeowners and small shopkeepers who “steal electricity” from Shs295, 000 to Shs350, 000.

Persons or entities that illegally tap electricity for commercial use will pay Shs700, 000, up from Shs590, 000.

Industrial consumers, on the other hand, will pay Shs1.4 million, not the Shs1.1 million they are currently fined, should they be convicted of stealing electricity.

The new charges will start applying on January 15, 2015. On top of these fines, those convicted of power theft will also have to pay their “estimated unbilled consumption”.

“In order to discourage power theft and to reduce commercial losses, the [Electricity Regulatory] Authority [ERA] has revised the charges applicable,” Mr Benon Mutambi, the chief executive officer of ERA, said through a January 12 press statement.

Mr Sam Zimbe, Umeme’s general manager of corporate and regulatory affairs, told this newspaper during an interview last year, that each percentage loss that ERA factors in the tariff costs the government $3.5 million (Shs9.5 billion).

And, according to police records, at least 10 people in Bugisu region in the east, are electrocuted weekly as they tap electricity.

The revision comes years after electricity distribution company Umeme Limited urged the government to increase the fines to check power theft.

It remains to be seen how the new charges will impact on power theft given that some stakeholders attribute the power theft to high end–user tariffs, which the government has increased again.

Energy losses have reduced from 27 per cent in 2011, 26 per cent (2012) to 21.6 per cent in 2013.

The agreed regulatory targets for energy losses were 23.5 per cent in 2013, 20.5 per cent (2014) and to 18.6 per cent in 2015.

As of 2013, the commercial losses constituted just seven per cent of the 23.5 percentage losses.

This means the besides increasing the charges, the distribution company will have to invest in technologies that will reduce technical losses.

That could be achieved by on re-conductoring and re-configuring of transformer zones and by investing in load growth and network reliability.

Story By Daily Monitor’s Nelson Wesonga

65-yr commits suicide following Power theft accusation

Unable to bear the humiliation, a tea-stall owner in Jalpaiguri hanged himself to death after the state electricity department sued him of power theft and slapped a fine of nearly Rs1.5 lakh. Niren Tantra (65) was found hanging from a tree near his house at Paharpur More on Friday morning.

According to the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited, Niren used to tap power illegally and sell it to houses and shops in the locality. This was why he had been handed with a bill of Rs1.46 lakh that included penalty for power pilferage for more than a year.

Niren had been running his tea stall in front of his house at Balapara since the past several years. His son, Apon Tantra, said, “My father used to draw power to the shop from our home connection. But when WBSEDCL officials objected to this about a year ago, he complied promptly and secured a commercial connection for the shop instead.”

“We have cleared all previous bills pertaining to the domestic connection. But we did not receive any bill for the commercial connection ever since we procured it,” he added.

According to Apon, his father had been summoned to the Jalpaiguri WBSEDCL office last month. “He was asked to pay Rs1,46,577 in dues for the period from December 23, 2013 to December 23, 2014. WBSEDCL officials also accused my father of drawing power illegally saying legal steps would be taken against him. Later, we learnt a police complaint had been filed by the power company,” he said.

Apon further said, “Since then, my father started suffering from depression. He avoided company and kept fretting about the huge bill slapped against him. He could stand the torture no more and eventually took his life.”

But WBSEDCL Jalpaiguri divisional manager Gobinda Talukdar insists Niren used to pilfer power. “We took steps according to the law. We will examine the case all over once again though.”

A senior company official said if a person is found tapping electricity, steps can be taken against him according to the West Bengal Electricity Act, 2003, and the West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (Electricity Supply Code) Regulations, 2013.(The Echo Of India)

Power theft drive to target 10k defaulters in GB Nagar


NOIDA: The city's power discom has identified about 10,000 defaulters in Gautam Budh Nagar from whom it intends to recover an outstanding of Rs 32 crore in a six-week drive against power theft starting Monday, an official said on Friday.

"There are about 10,000 power defaulters, including people who have been illegally drawing electricity, in Gautam Budha Nagar. And, the outstanding is Rs 32 crore. There are 500 defaulters in Noida alone," Arvind Rajvedi, superintending engineer of Pashchimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (PVVNL), told TOI.

However, he said that tracing all of them would be difficult and time consuming. "From the list that we have let out, most connections are either illegal or there are consumers who have left the city," Rajvedi said, adding that FIRs could be filed against untraceable defaulters. Officials said that during the first phase of the drive, defaulters will be given an opportunity to clear their dues and also new connections will be issued. In the second phase, the power discom is to let out at public places the names of those who would still fail to pay up the dues.

And, in the final phase, FIRs would be filed against the defaulters, followed by penal action by authorities.
The exercise is an effort towards recovering revenue losses faced by the power department and also to ensure UP government's directive for 2016-17 at ensuring 24-hour power supply for big cities, 22-hour supply for urban areas and 16-hour supply in rural sectors. (Times of India)

PVVNL drive against Power theft from Jan 12

Varanasi: India

Purvanchal Vidyut Viatran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) will launch a drive to check power theft from January 12 to February 28. The drive would be monitored directly by the office of the managing director of PVVNL. 

PVVNL managing director Dr Kajal instructed all chief and executive engineers to put a check on power theft while chairing a meeting of power engineers of Varanasi, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Azamgarh, Mirzapur and others on Friday to review the progress in revenue collection and drive against power theft. 

She instructed that all the junior engineers and linemen, who have served a period of five years or more, to be transferred to a different zone before January 12. For proper implementation, she asked to carry out the power theft drive in those areas where cases of power theft are rampant. She also asked the officers to ensure proper power connection to valid consumers and initiate strict action against invalid consumers. Also, the power meters of consumers were asked to be shifted outside their houses. Apart from this, Kajal also asked to check mobile phone towers located in all 21 districts and instructed to shift the transformers outside. She also asked to replace all the two lakh meters which are lying defunct, and a private company might also be involved for the same. 

All the connections which are being used with the help of invalid means like bamboo sticks to be replaced by proper establishment of poles, an estimate will be given to the consumers residing in those areas. Moreover, night patrolling will also be done to take stock of the power theft. 

In the second phase of the meeting, Kajal informed that information about power theft can also be given secretly to DISCOM office after which the engineers will reach the site for inspection. If the information is correct, then that person will be rewarded Rs 100 per kilowatt and anonymity will be ensured. 

During the drive, all the junior engineers will have to lodge a minimum of two FIRs daily otherwise they will have to submit a report which will prove that no power theft is happening in their areas. 

Meanwhile, Dr Kajal also asked the engineers to ensure requirements and items for separate connection should be made available by February 15 to the consumers who have submitted application form for a separate connection on January 1. She also informed that all separate connections will be done on 'first come first serve' basis. (Times of India)

Power Theft :Action hasn’t reduced cases.



The cases of power theft is on the rise in Mysuru, Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Hassan, and Kodagu districts despite the vigilance squad of the Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Company (CESC), Mysuru, unearthing theft every year and imposing huge penalties on erring consumers.

The squad has detected 696 power theft cases in 2014, an increase of 61 cases when compared to 2013. The cases had been registered under the Electricity Act, and back billing and penalties of Rs. 1.12 crore had been imposed on offenders.

Shankare Gowda, Superintendent of Police, vigilance squad, CESC, Mysuru, told The Hindu that many erring consumers had started paying up the back bills and penalties. The highest penalty of Rs. 5 lakh had been imposed on a consumer in Arsikere for illegally drawing the electricity line.

Citing a detection of theft, Mr. Gowda said an agency in Bellur village of Nagamangala taluk was illegally drawing power to a mobile tower. This was unearthed recently and the offender had already paid up the penalty of Rs. 3.74 lakh.

Most of the theft cases pertain to commercial establishments, the SP said, adding that power connection was immediately disconnected on detecting the theft and restored only after the person paid up the dues.

In reply to a question, Mr. Gowda said first-time offenders were let off with a warning after they paid the penalties. If the same person commits the theft again, the company pursues the case in the court of law for his or her conviction under the Electricity Act. By and large, second-time thefts are infrequent, he said.

Mr. Gowda said the cases last year had been unearthed during routine inspections, based on tip-off from the employees and the public. Some cases are detected through consumption pattern.

If the power consumption of an installation is exceptionally less despite opting for higher consumption, then such installations are inspected for theft, he said.(TheHindu)

Govt incurred loss of Rs 2,50,000 crore due to poor Power distribution: Piyush Goyal

Power Minister Piyush Goyal today said common man has to pay high tariff because of power theft and huge financial losses in the sector. Speaking during the launch of e-Book in New Delhi, the Minister said the electricity suppliers lose Rs 70,000 crore every year due to the poor transmission system. 

The Minister informed that due to poor distribution of electricity the government has already incurred an accumulated loss of Rs 250,000 crore . Mr. Goyal also said the government is committed to bring about a qualitative change in the power sector and ensure affordable 24x7 power for all households and industrial establishments in the country. 

The Minister also said the government has already granted Rs 1.1 lakh crore for around the clock and affordable power supply for the rural and urban India. The thermal -based electricity generation has increased by 15.8 percent form June to November 2014 as compare to same period of 2013.(Prasar Bharati)

Accused of Power theft, Gabbar gets power staff to pay him!

BAREILLY: The name Gabbar still inspires terror, even though the Bollywood blockbuster in which he was a character, Sholay, is now over three decades old. Recently, a team of the state electricity department raided the premises of a man called Gabbar in Hajiyapur locality, after he was found drawing electricity illegally. 

Instead of paying the penalty for his crime, however, Gabbar accused the raiding party of fiddling with his electricity connection and causing a short circuit that damaged his expensive colour TV set. Local police arrived at the spot after Gabbar lodged a complaint, and the raiding party was forced to cough up Rs 3,000 as compensation for the burnt colour TV. 

After the power department staff escaped the clutches of Gabbar and his associates and returned to the safety of their sub-station, they contacted senior police officers and lodged a case of electricity theft. 

A team of power officials at the Shaidana power sub-station was acting on complaints they had earlier received while raiding the house in Hajiyapur on Wednesday. The team found that house owner Gabbar had illegally hooked on to an overhead electricity line through a cable running from his house. 

The team snapped the connection and uprooted the cable, leading to heated arguments. The house owner was soon joined by neighbours, who engaged in a wrangling match with the power department staff over the damaged TV set. 

The raiding party, however, denied that they had anything to do with the TV set. Policemen from the nearby Baradari police station reached the spot, and after listening to both parties, asked the power staff to pay a sum of Rs 3,000 in damages. 

Gabbar and his neighbours held the power staff virtually captive, forcing them to cough up the sum, sub-divisional officer Vinod Rana of the Shaidana power sub-station said. He added that since returning to their sub-station, they managed to lodge an FIR against three people under Section 135 of the UP State Electricity Code Act, 2005. Inspector Mohd Qasim of the Baradari police station said the power staff had indeed lodged an FIR against three people in this matter. (Times of India)

Owning up Power theft can spare FIR

LUCKNOW: Voluntary disclosure of power theft will spare offenders from an FIR being lodged against them. Ahead of the January state-wide drive to check power theft, UPPCL has ordered officials to lend a `patient' ear to consumers and redress their grievances.

"Driven by the objective, we urge consumers to speak up," said chief engineer, Lucknow Electricity Supply Administration (LESA), S K Verma.

There are enough cases where a landlord may not be aware that his tenant has rigged meter and committed power theft. In other cases, a consumer might have made rounds of LESA offices to get his meter rectified but no positive response from officers might have forced him to use 'katiya'.

Consumers now have a help at hand. They can contact concerned officers at camps being held all over the city and apprise officers of their cases.

Self-disclosure will not only save them from FIR but also charge half the amount of penalty. "If their compounding penalty is worked out to be 40,000, they might be charged only 20,000," said the official.

'Voluntary disclosure' of power theft is a lesser known provision under the Electricity rule book, which LESA would advertise from Thursday. Government has ordered FIR against consumers found guilty in power-theft during the upcoming drive.

(.Times of India)

Special police stations to check Power theft in UP

LUCKNOW: Chief secretary has ordered establishment of 'anti-power theft' police stations, on the lines of special courts, to check power pilferage in the state long struggling to meet its energy requirements.

To ensure 24-hour power supply in cities and 16-18 hour power supply in rural areas, UP will need 21,000 megawatt (Mw) power. The state will have to produce 10,000 Mw extra to meet this target. Presiding over a review meeting of energy department on Wednesday, the chief secretary said that anti-power theft police stations should focus on qualitative investigation of cases of power theft registered with them.

The gap between 'energy received' and 'energy sold' is termed as line loss. The gap could be attributed to factors like transmission losses due to the inefficient nature of the system, billing error losses, unregistered consumers (consuming electricity without meter connection) and rigged meters. UP at present witnesses around 25% line loss with some of the districts like Etawah, Mainpuri, Rampur, and Kannauj infamous for a much higher score. According to national standards, 5.18% is the permissible line loss. Unauthorised 'katiya' connections are one of the major causes of line loss in UP.

The chief secretary on Wednesday also directed removal of 'illegal' service cables from transmission lines and replacement of faulty, mechanical and substandard meters. Meters should be installed outside houses so that they are visible. He said that energy departments should coordinate with the intelligence department to expose gangs involved in meter-tampering in the state.

As many as 600 sub-stations of 33/11Kv should be completed by August-September 2016, he said. Besides, at least 850 sub-stations of 33/11Kv should be upgraded within the same time period, he said, adding that the drive against power theft starting from January 12 should be widely publicised.(Times of India)

AP Govt to act tough against power theft

Hyderabad, Dec 24 (INN): In order to minimize the losses and to provide financial relief to the DISCOMs, the Andhra Pradesh Government has emphasised the need for power utilities to go all out to prevent pilferage/theft of energy and commercial losses here after in the DISCOMs.

While fixing the responsibilities among the employee/officers of DISCOMs for reduction of commercial losses, the Energy Department has suggested top brass of DISCOMs to educate the general public/consumers the evil affects of the pilferage energy which in turn burdens the genuine consumers as well as DISCOMs.

Disclosing the above details, Energy Infrastructure & Investments Department Secretary Ajay Jain, while reviewing the performance of DISCOMs and initiatives taken for effective implementation of Power For All (PFA) prgramme, along with the Advisor Depart of EnergyRanganatham, with CMDs of DISCOMs H.Y.Dora and Seshagiri Babu, all Superintending Engineers/Operation of DISCOMs, through a teleconference has instructed the officials to make all out efforts to reduce the system losses to a level of single digit and eradicate theft of energy in the state.

The state cabinet, which met recently expressed its keenness in reduction of overall power distribution losses and to eradicate theft of energy in the state and assured full fledged cooperation and support to the power utilities to prevent pilferage of energy.

Jain stressed the need for setting up of special vigilance teams to make surprise checks and book cases in theft prone areas in the respective DISCOMs. The Joint Managing Director, Vigilance, APTRANSCO Sri. N Sanjay has also been instructed by Secretary to swing in special teams to conduct inspections in suspected areas and theft prone areas.

Keeping the importance of the issue, DPE and Vigilance wings of all operation circles in the DISCOMs are told to gear up and prepare time bound action plans and make all out efforts to prevent theft in their respective areas.

Jain stated that the entire commercial losses i.e, Theft of Energy, Unauthorized Use of electricity, improper metering, improper Meter Reading and billing practices have to be wiped out from the system.Source-

Power Theft-1.7%, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh discoms’ reports under scanner

Hyderabad: Discoms in both Telangana state and Andhra Pradesh are now busy revisiting the statistics they had finalised in their Annual Revenue Requirement reports, as some doubts have been raised on the accuracy of the reasons shown for the heavy losses.

While a thorough re-examination has already been sought by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, a similar exercise is now being taken up by AP energy ministry officials.

The ARRs have to be submitted to the Electricity Regulatory Committees of both states separately by January 8. Power charges will be hiked based on the reports and come into effect in the next fiscal year.

AP principal secretary of power Ajay Jain does not rule out the possibility of further extension for submission of reports. “Let us see whether the discoms can submit the reports by the deadline or not,” he said.

One of the main reasons for re-examination of proposals was said to be that the discoms had reportedly jacked up the figures with respect to supply of free power to the agricultural pumpsets.

The discoms have shown that the losses were solely due to free power supply, putting aside other major factors like, transmission and distribution losses, power pilferage, mounting salary bills, other establishment expenses etc.

Some officials felt that common man is being continuously targeted in the name of benefit to the farmers.

“Obviously, free power is the main contributor towards heavy losses, which have gone up to Rs 5,800 crore. How can we mitigate them? We are purchasing power for Rs 7 per unit and supplying it free for agriculture. There are 18.54 lakh working agriculture pumpsets in Telangana and 14.74 lakh in AP,” said  a TS official.

Transmission losses have been shown in 2014-15 as 3.24 per cent, while power theft is said to be around 1.7 per cent. As per the Indian Electricity Act 1910, power theft is a cognisable offence amounting to a deterrent punishment of three years of imprisonment, but the officials hardly book cases. Energy auditing is also not being done sincerely, according to the sources. More than three per cent of commercial losses are also adding up to Rs 1,100 crore annually, reports suggest.(Source-Deccan Chronicle)

No decline in power theft, reveals discom report

GURGAON: As power discom DHBVN looks back at the year that was, an internal report prepared last week on transmission line losses in the years 2013 and 2014 observed that there has neither been a decrease in power theft nor any significant hike in revenue in the past year in the Gurgaon operation circle. 

According to the data prepared by the DHBVN (a copy is with TOI) for the city, the highest power theft was reported from the suburban division, which has the most customers. In 2013, 4.98% of the power being supplied to the division was reportedly being stolen and in 2014 this figure went up by another 1.85%. Power theft in the city division saw marginal change. In 2013, about 8.82% of the power was being stolen. This came down by 0.30% in 2014. The Manesar division reported a decrease of 2%. 

The discom's comparative report for revenue collection in Gurgaon for the two financial years does not speak of a significant hike either. 

According to data from the DHBVN, the city division of the discom reported a revenue collection efficiency of 102.67%, which came down by 1% in 2014. Even the suburban division has reported a decline in collection efficiency by 2% apart from Manesar which reported a slight improvement in collection efficiency by 1%. 

DHBVN's general manager Sanjeev Chopra said, "It is true that in many areas of the city, the power supplied by us never reaches the actual consumer owing to many unauthorized colonies with residential and commercial units still illegally procuring power, especially in the ammunition depot area." 

However, he assured that with the new power substations expected to be ready by May, the power situation would definitely improve. "We are currently in the process of erecting four 220kV substations at Sectors 20, 57, 33 and Panchgaon, which will be ready by May."
Source-Times of India

Torrent to stop Power theft by laying wires underground

AGRA: To boost power supply in the city, the private electricity distribution company, Torrent, has decided to lay 5,500-km of overhead wiring underground. It has set a year for completing the task. The company has also decided to link the remaining 22 of the 41 substations to the control room. 

Torrent officials said this would not only result in saving human resources but also in resolving consumers' complaints in half the time taken now. 

"Our aim will be to lay 60% (5,500 km) of overhead wiring underground in 2015. Last year, we placed over 4,100-km of wires underground. It will help us in providing safe, reliable and uninterrupted power supply to consumers, besides reducing power thefts," said Bhupendra Singh, a Torrent spokesperson. 

Singh said that there are 41 substations under the company spread across the city, and out of these 39 have been computerized so far. Moreover, 19 of them can now be operated at the touch of a button from the control room. 

"It means that operations like switching on/off a feeder could be done with a click of a button, instead of this being done manually. At every substation, one officer along with four to five technicians are posted. But after the up gradation, they can be deployed in other important sections. Only security guards will be posted at the substations," the official said. 

He added that company plans to reduce the time taken to resolve the "no power complaint" to half the time taken at present. "The aim will be to bring the time from the present two-and-a-half hours to between 45 minutes and one hour. Moreover, we will also try to complete all the formalities required for giving a new connection from the present 20 days to just one week," Singh informed. 

In another initiative, the official said to deal with critical complaints of customers, zonal heads will hold office during 2pm to 5pm every Tuesday at three customer care centers in the city. 
Source-Times of India.

Power theft Illegal lighting continues to adorn all religious functions .

Nagpur: Even as the state is facing 300MW shortfall in power generation, energy pilferage goes unchecked in Nagpur. The rampant power theft can be gauged from the number of organizers of religious functions openly stealing power from street light poles for illumination and decoration.

MSEDCL is ready to provide extra power to ensure people enjoy a well-lit festival, but is troubled by widespread theft. TOI had highlighted how religious organizations steal power from street light poles in the past too. The theft continues even after directions from MERC to MSEDCL to supply low/medium voltage electricity for temporary purpose during public religious functions like Ganesh Utsav, Navaratri, Eid, Moharram, Ram Leela, Shivaji Jayanti, Ambedkar Jayanti, Diwali, Christmas, Guru Nanak Jayanti etc, or areas where community prayers are held, for a period of up to one year.

This correspondent visited various localities on Thursday and found that many organizers of Eid functions to be held on January 4 are tapping into the supply for NMC street lights or from MSEDCL poles, without paying a single penny.

On State CID Office Road, Borgaon Road, Mankapur Ring Road and Central Avenue, thousands of bulbs have been used to decorate the streets. Throughout the year, stretches of city roads are illuminated with ornamental lights during all religious festivals.

At Central Avenue, from Dosar Bhavan Square to Agrasen Chowk, the organizer has decorated the entire stretch with incandescent bulbs. To power them, the organizer has hooked directly into street light poles. Neither NMC nor MSEDCL have bothered to check all this though it is in full public view.

"Power consumption of these religious organizers is quite heavy given the fact that huge stretches of public roads are covered. NMC's electricity department bears the loss during festival seasons," said a resident.

"If you light up just ten 100 watt bulbs, it is more than the entire consumption of an average household," pointed out an electric engineer, requesting anonymity. Imagine the consumption during festivals, where there are innumerable such bulbs. Apart from this, there are higher capacity halogens too, he added.

Former deputy mayor and BJP corporator Jaitunbi Ashfaq Ansari too admitted that this causes huge financial loss to the cash strapped NMC. She appealed to all organizations to avail the concessional tariff facility of MSEDCL, under which the power company provide power at a very loss cost.

Authorized consumer representative at MERC Avinash Prabhune disclosed that for all religious functions, MERC has provided concessional tariff of Rs 3.27 per unit of electricity and temporary connection can be legally obtained from MSEDCL or Spanco through hassle free procedure by paying Rs 250 per connection.

"Religious organizations should get legal connections for decorative lighting and functions so that proper message can be sent to the society for all communities. In the present crisis of electricity shortage and conservation, theft of electricity cannot be justified and should not be tolerated under any circumstances," he said.

NMC officials, as usual, assured to inquire into the matter. A couple of days ago, municipal commissioner Shyam Wardhane had directed NMC's executive engineer (electric) Sanjay Jaiswal to lodge police complaints against organizers who were stealing power from street light poles. However, the civic chief's directive has failed to wake up the electric department. NMC spends over Rs 20 crore annually against energy bills of street lights.
Source-Times of India.

Andhra Pradesh to contain power pilferage

In order to minimise the losses and to provide financial relief to the Discoms, the Andhra Pradesh government would soon set up a special mechanism to curb permanently the growing menace of power pilferage in the State.  

The power utilities in a recent survey identified that the commercial losses incurred by Discoms was  because of  theft of energy, unauthorised use of electricity,  improper metering, improper meter reading and billing practices.
Reports showed that power utilities were losing Rs 900 crore per annum on the basis of an estimate of even 3 per cent of Commercial losses at Rs 6 for every unit. If commercial losses are curbed, the amount would be realised for better prospects of the Discoms. .

Reviewing the performance of the Discoms here, State Energy Secretary Ajay Jain fixed the responsibility among the employees and officers of the utilities for the reduction of commercial losses. He suggested the heads of the Discoms to educate people the evil effects of the power pilferage which in turn burdens the genuine consumers as well as the utilities.   

Stating that a special vigilance teams would be formed to make surprise checks and book cases in theft-prone areas, he said he instructed the AP Transco Joint Managing Director N Sanjay to crack the whip against those who indulged in power theft. The Discoms were told to gear up and prepare time-bound action plans and make all out efforts to prevent theft in their respective areas.

The State Cabinet, which met recently expressed its interest in reduction of overall power distribution losses and to eradicate theft of energy in the State and assured full-fledged cooperation and support to the power utilities to prevent pilferage of energy.Source-the Hans India

Wi-Fi meters to check Power theft

LUCKNOW: UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) has started installation of Wi-Fi enabled modern electricity meters to keep a check on power theft. 

The meters, connected with a modem, will make it easy for UPPCL to keep a tab on units consumed and discourage meter rigging and manipulation of readings. 

The modem, like the one used for internet connection in homes, will have a chip to transfer the meter readings live to the control room of UPPCL. Officers need not visit the premises where the meter is installed to note down meter readings and generate bills. This is a move under the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reform Programme (R-APDRP), an initiative of the Union power ministry. 

DLMS (device language message specification) meters, in the first stage, will be installed for high-voltage consumers in the state's A-list cities, Lucknow being one. 

High-voltage consumers are those with a meter load of 75 KW and above and are mainly commercial establishments. Lucknow Electricity Supply Administration (Lesa) has identified 990 high-voltage consumers. 

By now, at least 250 consumers in the city have got new meters installed. "In Old City, we identified 113 high-voltage consumers and have installed meters on 63 premises," said Lesa superintending engineer of Circle I, Amit Srivastava. 

DLMS meters will establish a connection between metering equipment and the billing centre. Though internet connectivity might pose a problem, but, as and when it resumes, it will be very convenient for UPPCL to keep a check on consumers. 

Soon, domestic consumers, too, will be brought under its fold. 

Similar devices will be installed to establish a link between feeders and transformers connected to meters to know the exact input and output of units in a distribution system at every locality to check line losses. 

The first condition towards getting funds from the Centre for power reforms is to curb line losses. Power theft is one of the biggest reasons for line losses in UP. (Source-Times of India)

Andhra Pradesh Government to act tough against Power theft

Hyderabad, Dec 24 (INN): In order to minimize the losses and to provide financial relief to the DISCOMs, the Andhra Pradesh Government has emphasised the need for power utilities to go all out to prevent pilferage/theft of energy and commercial losses here after in the DISCOMs.

While fixing the responsibilities among the employee/officers of DISCOMs for reduction of commercial losses, the Energy Department has suggested top brass of DISCOMs to educate the general public/consumers the evil affects of the pilferage energy which in turn burdens the genuine consumers as well as DISCOMs.

Disclosing the above details, Energy Infrastructure & Investments Department Secretary Ajay Jain, while reviewing the performance of DISCOMs and initiatives taken for effective implementation of Power For All (PFA) prgramme, along with the Advisor Depart of EnergyRanganatham, with CMDs of DISCOMs H.Y.Dora and Seshagiri Babu, all Superintending Engineers/Operation of DISCOMs, through a teleconference has instructed the officials to make all out efforts to reduce the system losses to a level of single digit and eradicate theft of energy in the state.

The state cabinet, which met recently expressed its keenness in reduction of overall power distribution losses and to eradicate theft of energy in the state and assured full fledged cooperation and support to the power utilities to prevent pilferage of energy.

Jain stressed the need for setting up of special vigilance teams to make surprise checks and book cases in theft prone areas in the respective DISCOMs. The Joint Managing Director, Vigilance, APTRANSCO Sri. N Sanjay has also been instructed by Secretary to swing in special teams to conduct inspections in suspected areas and theft prone areas.

Keeping the importance of the issue, DPE and Vigilance wings of all operation circles in the DISCOMs are told to gear up and prepare time bound action plans and make all out efforts to prevent theft in their respective areas.

Jain stated that the entire commercial losses i.e, Theft of Energy, Unauthorized Use of electricity, improper metering, improper Meter Reading and billing practices have to be wiped out from the system.Source-

New metering system in Arunachal to curb power pilferage

ITANAGAR: Power pilferage and non-payment of electricity bills in this Arunachal Pradesh capital will no longer be a cause of concern for the state government as it has introduced a unique metering system to make consumers more energy conscious. India The Pre-Paid Energy Meters and AMR (Automated Remote Metering) meters were introduced here last month. According to power department officials, the pre-paid meters will be fitted at the homes of about 32,000 consumers with a total cost of Rs 85 crore, including maintenance charge for a period of five years to be paid to the Udaipur-based Secure Energy Meter Limited, the implementing agency. "To check huge transmission loss and heavy losses incurred by the department due to pilferage of electricity as well as non-payment of bills, this pilot project has been initiated to overcome all these problems and enrich the state coffer," Power (Electrical) Minister Tanga Byaling told PTI. Source Economic Times

Electricity Theft -New city ordinance cracks down on electricity thieves

Starting Friday there's a new city ordinance that will make it easier to crack down on crooks who steal your electricity. Investigators tell Fox 25 it's been hard to prosecute these thieves but this new ordinance will make it a whole lot easier.
“In the last year we noticed a big increase of individuals tampering with OG&E meters,” said Oklahoma City Police Detective Martin Stupka.
It's a growing problem in the metro and also a dangerous problem.
“We live and work with electricity every day and we have to be concerned with safety,” said OG&E Spokesperson Kathleen Oshea. “It's one of our core values.”
OG&E says one of the most common ways people steal electricity is by using jumper cables. They tell us that it's very dangerous and people risk seriously injuring themselves or getting electrocuted.
“One guy blew out his foot trying to hook up an illegal tampering of electricity,” said Stupka.
OG&E has had about 15-hundred cases of utility theft this year. That about $700,000 in losses but it's been hard to prosecute these crooks and get that money back.
“We've recovered less than half of what we've lost in these so you know it is difficult,” said Oshea.
This new city ordinance will change that. It's also the first time the police can not only go after the person who hooks it up but they can also go after anyone benefiting from the illegal electricity.
“It is a big cost to the company and of course it's one of those costs of business that does get passed on to our rate payers. So really it's everybody's concern,” said Oshea.
In the new ordinance, the punishment if you're caught stealing electricity will be $500 for each offense and $500 for each day of the offense. So one week of illegal electricity will cost you $3,500.(Source-Fox25)

Power theft & Smart Grid.

Basic benefits of smart grid technology
Northeast Group, LLC has released the findings of its Emerging Markets Smart Grid: Outlook 2015 report. The annual report's findings show which markets are most likely to invest in smart grid technology in the coming year.
Since the report's inception, investments in smart grid technology have been mainly in developed countries, particularly in North America, Western Europe and East Asia. In fact, countries in these three markets make up 88 percent of all installed smart meters.
Nations in a variety of smart grid development stages
This year's report shows 20 out of the 50 countries studied have some type of a smart grid goal, and about one-third of the nations have already put significant funds into developing smart grid infrastructure. The rest of the nations show the potential to quickly build their smart grid investments over the next decade.
Basic benefits of smart grid technology
This is good news because countries with emerging markets can benefit from smart grid technology in numerous ways, according to the report. The nations often have financial losses due to electricity theft, and increasing energy demand in the face of continuously unreliable grids. Implementing smart grid technology can not only increase the reliability of the grid, it can cut down on power theft, which will enable nations to better meet their energy demands.
Fundamental benefits of smart grids
While developed countries wish to improve their current electrical distribution systems, many communities in the world still face the basic task of bringing electricity to many of their citizens, The Atlantic pointed out. Since 1990, more than 1.7 billion people gained access to electricity for the first time, but billions still live without it. Smart grid technology provides an opportunity for developing nations to build reliable electrical distribution systems that can grow to meet the rising demand for energy. For example, India is investing $10 billion to develop a smart grid, which in the future will be better able to provide electricity to its growing population.
Smart grid technology also promotes the use of environmentally friendly energy generation so it will drive developing countries toward clean, renewable energy sources and away from power options that create climate and health issues, such as coal, according to The Atlantic.
Source:PennEnergy Research

POWER THEFT:Three fined Rs 37 lakh for theft of electricity New Delhi, Dec 17, 2014, DHNS: Three people, including a landlord and a tenant in south Delhi’s Tughlakabad and a factory owner in east Delh

Three fined Rs 37 lakh for theft of electricity

New Delhi, Dec 17, 2014, DHNS:

Three people, including a landlord and a tenant in south Delhi’s Tughlakabad and a factory owner in east Delhi’s Kalyanpuri, have been convicted of power theft by a special court. 

Two of them were jailed for three years, and the third for a year. Between them, they will pay fines totalling Rs 37 lakh.

The Special Court of Electricity, Saket, convicted both the landlord, Keshav Dev, and his tenant  Mukhtar for stealing over 27 KW of electricity for commercial purposes in Tughlakabad and sentenced them to three years of Imprisonment each under section 135 and 150 of Electricity Act, 2003. A fine of Rs 25 lakh was also imposed on them, said BSES.

In another case, Mukesh Kumar, a resident of Kalyanpuri, was sentenced by the special court at Karkardooma to one-year imprisonment and fined Rs 12.7 lakh.

According to BSES, Additional Sessions Judge, Special Court of Electricity, Saket, Rakesh Tiwari, said, “I am of the opinion that this is an economic offence wherein the society as a whole is the victim and the honest payer of electricity charges are the sufferers on account of the proved conduct of the convict.”

“Such convicts are getting unearned benefit at the cost of others and they deserve no leniency,” the judge said.

The BSES said that power theft in Tughlakabad was taking place through a fake meter since December 2011. The accused was billed Rs 11 lakh, but he refused to pay within the stipulated time and opted to go to court.

In 2007, Mukesh Kumar was caught stealing over 16 KW of electricity for industrial purposes, it added. A penalty of Rs 15.96 lakh was imposed, but he paid only Rs 1 lakh, BSES said.

(Source-Deccan Herald)

Smart Meters Will Help Curb Power Theft

Kamstrup has delivered 30,000 smart meters with prepayment functionality to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG). The meters are connected with NURI Telecom’s prepaid AMR system using GPRS and Zigbee Alliance communication standards. The utility believes the smart technology will help reduce energy theft and revenue losses.
ECG has experienced numerous instances of customers tampering with their meters or bypassing the meters to prevent the utility from tracking actual consumption. Installing an automated meter reading system enables ECG to detect possible fraud by consumers at an early stage.
Kamstrup also reports, “The introduction of prepaid meters meets the challenge with customers not paying their debt, which has been an enormous problem for ECG. The prepayment system demands customers to pay in advance and thereby payment will only be for the exact usage.
Michael Owusu, who work in ECG’s metering and technical services department, notes, “The disconnection function is a great advantage, and we trust that the investment will bring us many savings on a daily basis, but most importantly it will lead to a more efficient business as failures and revenue losses are reduced to a minimum. We need to make this investment to ensure decreasing energy losses over the next coming years, where we are expected to reduce losses from 23.5 percent to 15 percent. We believe smart meters and metering systems will take us a big step forward on the road. By giving more detailed information about their consumption, we see that our customers are more aware of how and when they use energy, and this is resulting in a reduction of the energy usage.”
Kamstrup general sales manager Hans Peter Kyk adds: “It has been a great pleasure to work with both NURI Telecom and ECG on this project, and we are delighted to take part in the very important journey towards reduced losses in Ghana. In many ways this is a special project to us.”
(Source- Smart Meters - Smart Meter News and Information.)

Now, pre-paid meters to check Power Theft

Meerut: In a bid to curb power theft, Pashchimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd. (PVVNL) is planning to introduce pre-paid electricity meters. In the first phase distribution companies (discoms) will provide these meters to roadside vendors, makeshift shopkeepers and government offices. PVVNL will introduce these in Meerut, Morabad, Ghaziabad and Saharanpur zones. 

Director (technical) of Pashchimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd. (PVVNL), Alok Verma, told TOI, "Just like telecom companies, we are going to provide prepaid meters to costumers. UP electricity regulatory commission has directed discoms to expedite the process of distributing pre-paid meters to government institutions using less than 45 kW. Any consumer with a pre-paid meter will also be entitled to a discount of 1.25%." 

Verma said that in the first phase, meters would be distributed across 14 districts in government offices such as those of the PWD, district administration, police, judiciary and Jal Nigam. 

"Pre-paid meters will benefit not only to those who pay their bills honestly but also discoms. Discoms will use the money to reduce losses, which it will get as electricity charges in advance through pre-paid meters. Madhyanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (MVVNL) has purchased 15,500 single-phase pre-paid meters and 18,550 three-phase meters for all five discoms in UP. 5,000 single-phase and 4,000 three-phase meters will be in our share. If we get a good response, we will ask for more meters. Indeed, people will check the tendency to misuse electricity as we still live in a time of power shortage and outages," he added. 

According to electricity department sources, line-loss has become one of the biggest challenges discoms face in UP and is one of the biggest causes of power-theft. Elsewhere, line-loss is assumed to be between 6-8% but many districts in UP face upto 40-45% line-loss(Source-Times of India)

HERC cracks whips on DHBVN to curtail Power Theft in Haryana

Haryana ,India:
In the recent past, there has been an unprecedented increase in Power thefts which has prompted the authorities to take the decision.
   Babus in Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) would have to stop loafing during work hours as Haryana Electricity Regulatory Committee (HERC) has instructed the department to submit a monthly performance review from now on.The babus might not be pleased with the decision but this step would streamline backlog projects that got piled up due to lacklustre attitude of officials.

The decision was taken in a meeting recently held by HERC in Chandigarh, and the officials have already dispatched letter to the department.“Now the circle engineers would be accountable to the department for the work that they have done in a particular month. The main reason behind the move is to curtail the massive increase in power theft the area,” informs a senior power official.
In the recent past, there has been an unprecedented increase in power thefts which has prompted the authorities to take the decision. Power theft not only results in power shortage, but it also results in damage of infrastructure. Infrastructure relay means requirement of more funds.

Normal standards set by the department for power theft in urban areas is 3 per cent on each feeder whereas this ratio is 10 per cent in rural areas. But urban feeders have been witnessing 13 percent power theft whereas rural feeders have seen a theft of 50 percent in the recent past, giving sleepless nights to DHBVN.

“Power theft is high in rural areas because of  the agricultural set-up. We can’t snap power connections as it would affect the agricultural produce,” explains the official.

In order to keep a check, the circle engineers would also have to submit montly reports about the steps taken from their end to ensure minimum power theft. This would also keep a check on corrupt practices as, according to sources, DHBVN officials have been helping people in stealing power in lieu of bribes.Further, the submitted report also needs to mention the number of complaints addressed each month by the engineer of a particular area.Inadequate power infrastructure is a major issue in the developing Gurgaon-II (sector-58-115)  where construction is in full swing. In June, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had announced an amount of Rs 2,688 crore for the development of power infrastructure in new sectors. The review report would also  monitor the progress in the development of the infrastructure in these newly developing areas.(Source-DNA)

Power Theft-AIMA affiliate suggests private distribution of power in UP

Lucknow Mgt Association says power crisis in the state largely due to pilferage emerging from transmission glitches, poor distribution and theft, rather than shortage.
A professionals’ body on Wednesday suggested handing over power distribution in urban areas to the private sector for energy conservation and cutting costs.
Lucknow Management Association (LMA), an affiliate of the All India Management Association (AIMA), said much of the power crisis in Uttar Pradesh was attributed to power pilferage emerging from power transmission glitches, poor distribution and theft, rather than just power-generation shortage.

“Private power distribution companies have introduced modern technology in several cities that has negated possibilities of power theft and pilferage. The same model could be adopted in Uttar Pradesh,” LMA Secretary A K Mathur said here. The decision of the state government to hand over power distribution to private companies has so far met with little success, especially due to stiff opposition from state energy department employees.

Meanwhile, LMA is organising its annual convention on driving UP’s growth through power sector in Lucknow on Friday to brainstorm on vital energy issues in the state, which faces perennial crisis due to the widening demand-supply gap.  The state falls short of about 3,000 megawatt (Mw) during peak hours.

Of late, the power issue has been a major bone of contention between the Centre and the state government with each side blaming each other.(Source- Business Standard)

Power theft: Pregnant woman, widow sentenced till rising of court.

Taking a humane view, a Delhi court has sentenced two women till rising of the court in a case of power theft noting that one of them is pregnant and the other a widow. 

Additional Sessions Judge  convicted Delhi residents Kamal Upadhyay and Nirmala Devi of the offence of power theft under the Electricity Act by putting a wire on a low transmission line but took a lenient view towards them and released both the women. 

"The accused are first offenders. Accused Komal is in advance stage of pregnancy whereas accused Nirmala is widow. Keeping in view all the facts coupled with submissions made by the accused, a lenient view is taken in their favour. 

"The accused are sentenced to undergo imprisonment till the rising of the court," the judge said. 

Rising of the court is a nominal sentence awarded to a guilty person who is not allowed to leave the court till it concludes. 

The judge also said the two women have paid the entire amount of their electricity bill of Rs 29,067 and this fact has been admitted by the discom's legal retainer in the court. 

According to the complaint, on October 5, 2012, the officials of the discom inspected their premises in Jharoda Kalan area in west Delhi and it was used and occupied by the two women. 

No electricity meter was installed there and the women were illegally indulging in direct theft of electricity from the pole of the complainant company with the help of wires which were connected to the premises' load, it said, adding that the connected load was found for domestic purpose. 

A case was registered against Kamal and Nirmala at Baha Hari Dass Nagar Police Station. 

At the time of sentence, Komal submitted she was in advance stage of pregnancy and has two daughters. Nirmala said that she was a widow and has to support her family as there is no one to look after them. 

They both said they have paid the entire bill amount and sought a lenient view in punishment. 

The leniency plea, however, was opposed by the counsel for the State.
(Source-Business Standard)

POWER THEFT.Police prevent power department from installing transformer

BAREILLY: A power department team which had gone to install a new transformer after receiving regular complaints of low voltage and frequent tripping faced opposition from a very unexpected quarter. 

Cops at Kankartola police outpost under Baradari police station refused to let the power officials do their work and instead drove them away. 

Locals alleged that rampant pilferage of electricity was going on at the nearby police colony which would be exposed once the transformer is installed

A police official, however, defended the move to ask the power department to leave saying the transformer was being set up too close to the staff quarters, posing a threat to those who live in the colony. 

The power department has approached senior police officials, who in turn have asked their subordinates to ensure that no such incident is repeated. 

The team, led by sub divisional officer (SDO) Shaidana power station had on Saturday gone to install a 250 KVa transformer near Kankar Tola police station along with necessary equipment like electricity poles and cables. 

However, as the team started digging pits for installing steel angles to mount the transformer, cops led by Kankar Tola police outpost incharge and some constables under Baradari police station reached the spot and stopped the work. 

Without citing any reason for this step, the cops asked the team of the power department to install the transformer at any other spot except the one chosen by them, said executive engineer, Shaidana power station, Nand Lal. 

He said that the new transformer would have improved electricity supply of neighbouring areas, including Kankar Tola, Subzi Mandi and Baradari, but sensing the mood of the policemen, the power department staff were left with no option except to leave the spot. 

Meanwhile, hearing the commotion, locals also rushed to the spot and accused the cops of sabotaging their chance to get round-the-clock uninterrupted power supply which has not been the case over the last few months. 

On the other hand, executive engineer, Shaidana, Nandlal has apprised his senior officials about the development who in turn have informed the senior cops including SP, city and sought his help in resolving the deadlock. 

Talking to TOI, inspector, Baradari police station, Mohd Qasim said, "We have only objected to installing the transformer on safety grounds as family members of police personnel live at staff quarters in the vicinity. The power department is adamant on installing the transformer close to the staff quarters which may pose a threat to residents of the staff quarters and their families which is why we expressed reservation. The power department should select a spot which is safe and free from such hassles."(Source-Times of India)

POWER THEFT World Loses $89.3 Billion to Electricity Theft Annually, $58.7 Billion in Emerging Markets

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Electricity theft is a widespread problem across the world, especially in many emerging market countries. Currently, the top 50 emerging market countries lose $58.7bn per year due to electricity theft, compared with just$30.6bn in the rest of the world, including the largest industrialized economies. These 50 emerging market countries will cumulatively invest $168bn over the next decade in smart grid infrastructure to combat theft and improve reliability, according to a new study published today by Northeast Group, LLC.    
The annual Emerging Markets Smart Grid: Outlook 2015 study found that reducing theft, or "non-technical losses," in these 50 countries – including the BRICS – is an increasing priority for utilities and regulators. The study highlights key trends in power infrastructure modernization across the developing world.  
"The fourth edition of our annual study highlights the transition towards smart grid infrastructure as electric utilities are realizing it's the most effective means for reducing non-technical losses," said Ben Gardner, President of Northeast Group. "India alone loses $16.2bnper year, followed by Brazil with $10.5bn and Russia with $5.1bn. By 2024, emerging market countries will be spending $29bn per year on smart grid infrastructure to combat this theft, boost reliability and improve the financial sustainability of utilities."
Northeast Group's study profiles each of the 50 developing countries, forecasts smart grid investment and highlights key trends for 2015. The study found that electricity prices have risen 17% over the past year—increasing the incentives for smart grid investment—and that vendors have shifted focus from their legacy businesses to smart infrastructure offerings. Swiss vendor Landis+Gyr is the current smart meter market leader in emerging markets, with ADD Grup, EDMI, Elster, GE, Iskraemeco, Itron, Kamstrup, NES (Echelon), Secure Meters, and Sensus all also active in multiple countries.
The 217-page study includes a smart grid regulatory country index that ranks countries and regional forecasts from 2014-2024. These forecasts cover smart metering, distribution automation, wide area measurement, home energy management and information technology. Profiles of each country are included as well as details on key vendors and market trends. (Source-PRNewswire)

POWER THEFT-PSPCL told to pay Rs. 50,000 for causing mental harassment

Permanent Lok Adalat (Public Utility Services), SAS Nagar, has directed Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to pay Rs. 50,000 compensation for “mental harassment” caused to a resident of Kheri Jattan village resident after the company accused him of stealing power and disconnected his commercial electricity connection.
Dismissing a notice issued by the sub-divisional officer and executive engineer of PSPCL, Lalru, to Jagdish Singh the Permanent Lok Adalat headed by Jagroop Singh Mahal also directed the company to pay `10,000 towards litigation costs. However, if the company restores Singh’s electricity supply within 15 days, it would not be liable to pay the compensation, the order said.
In August 2012, Singh’s electricity meter had burned out due to a technical fault, which the company replaced. However, on December 3, 2013, the company issued a notice which stated that the company, upon checking the previous meter, found that Singh had committed power theft by tampered with the meter. The notice told Singh to pay `47,903 and cut his power supply when he refused to comply. The forum, in their order, said there was no evidence that Singh had tampered with the meter. 
“The meter was removed in Singh’s absence. It was not put in a box (by the company) nor was it jointly sealed or signed by the applicant.  Moreover, the ME Lab did not issue any notice to the applicant about the date of testing as required under the Electricity Manual and Regulations. The meter remained with the officials for more than one year,” the order said, adding that the company failed to produce officials’ affidavits affirming that the meter was tampered with. The order said the company also failed to lodge a police complaint of the theft, failing to prove its case. The order came after efforts to reach a compromise between the parties failed. Singh, meanwhile, has also been given an option of recovering the compensation from officials at fault.(Source-Hindustan Times)

IR meters not tamper proof

Hyderabad: With an aim to check pilferage, the electricity department replaced old meters with double sealed infra-red meters in several parts of the city. Despite that, around 100 cases of theft have surfaced in the city in the last six months.

Skilled technicians, offering their services for around Rs 1000 per household, assuring that resetting will lower the electricity bills, are tampering with the meters to show lower reading.

“Although common users are unable to break the seal of the meters and tamper with them, certain technicians, who have the expertise to do so, are offering their services.

Several such cases in old city areas have come to our notice. These technicians are able break open the seal, insert instruments to reset the meter and replace the seal.

Suspecting something unusual about the sudden low reading, we sent such meters to the MRT labs and discovered the theft,” said P. Nagabhushanam, CI central circle, TS Transco vigilance cell.

“Officials had replaced regular meters with infrared ports placed at the transformers in several high theft prone areas like Asifnagar, Ranigunj, Golconda and Azamabad division, with the aim of reducing the tampering. However, it came to our notice recently that consumers are tampering with them with the help of expert technicians.

This is said to cost around Rs 800 to Rs 1000 and shows a lower reading. The technicians are constantly on the move and have remained unidentified so far,” added the official. He added that customers caught for tampering had been lured by these “experts”(source-Deccan Herald)

Power theft in Haryana amounts to Rs 33 crore

A total of 25,630 cases of power theft have been reported in Haryana during the current fiscal so far, with the authorities recovering Rs 33 crore as penalty from the offenders.

 "Officials checked 1,47,317 consumer premises and detected 25,630 cases of power pilferage upto January during the current fiscal," a spokesperson of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam today said.He said Rs 33 crore out of the total amount of penalty imposed on the offenders has been recovered so far.Electricity meters of 26,933 consumers were found defective during the checking, the official added.

 The erring consumers were found to be stealing electricity either through direct connections, or by tampering with the power meter and managing fake meter seals, he said, adding police have so far lodged 298 FIRs in this connection.

 In order to minimise the possibilities of power theft, the Nigam is mulling special camps in villages to release on-the-spot connections to domestic consumers, the spokesperson said.(Source News 24)

Power Thieves! You Are Being Watched!

KOCHI: Power theft has been eating into the revenue of Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB). However, recently after the KSEB announced reward for those providing information about people stealing power, it has been able to achieve some breakthrough in the issue. But as it always happens in every case, some people use this opportunity to settle personal scores. The board, however, pointed that the  though it sometimes gets such fake calls, most of the calls are genuine and they have been able to nab the culprits.
The  AEE with anti-power theft squad of KSEB at Ernakulam said that before the rewards were announced, they used to get around 30 calls providing information about power thefts in a month from Ernakulam district.
“However, these days after the rewards were declared, we get at least 30 calls per day. It is true that some use this opportunity to settle personal scores, but in most cases the information is authentic. Since we are receiving a lot of information about power theft from the public, checking has been increased and a large number of cases are being detected,” he said. Though KSEB has not rewarded any of the informers yet, the paperwork regarding this will be completed soon. KSEB had promised a reward of `50,000 or five per cent of the fine amount, which is lesser, for information regarding power theft.
“The reward will be given when KSEB collects the entire amount from the person who has been stealing power. The paper work for rewarding  the informants is taking place,” a KSEB official said.
Ernakulam, which is the business hub of the state is the highest electricity consuming district in Kerala.
As per available data, consumption of electricity is 1,500 million units per month by the entire state. In this, 300 million units are consumed by Ernakulam district alone, which is one fifth of the consumption of entire state. Per day, electricity consumption is 55 million units in the state and 10 million units in Ernakulam district. Ernakulam district has 21 extra high tension consumers. In the state, there are around 50 extra high tension consumers. Similarly, there are 1,156 high tension consumers and 12.38 lakhs low tension consumers. KSEB receives `35 crore as revenue from the extra high tension consumer each month in Ernakulam. Similarly, high tension consumers generate revenue of `50 crore and `83 crore from the low tension consumers in the district.
Rishi Raj Singh, Chief vigilance officer of KSEB said that since electricity consumption in Ernakulam is very high, the theft cases are also high here.
“Considering this we conducted three day long special drive and collected `1.57 crore from Ernakulam district alone. Since there are several industries and commercial units operating in the district, theft cases are high here. The squads in the district have  been directed to continue drive,” he said.(Source-The New Indian Express)

Show Political Will, Treat Power Theft as Perfidy

The Union cabinet has cleared a slew of projects worth `253 crore to tackle rampant theft of electricity by rolling out metering in cities and upgrading old distribution networks. This was long overdue and prime minister Modi had promised during the Lok Sabha election campaign that he would provide uninterrupted power to the whole country which he is striving to fulfill through these measures. As chief minister of Gujarat, Modi was credited in 2005 with tackling power shortages by clamping down on theft, and by repairing the finances of local distribution companies hit hard by unpaid bills.
Under the new scheme, the government will roll out meters on distribution transformers, feeders and for consumers in urban areas. It will also strengthen sub-transmission and distribution networks. The projects will help cut technical and commercial losses and improve collection efficiency. Transmission losses and power thefts account for nearly 30 per cent of power generated. The World Bank has pointed that India’s grid losses due to poor wiring and theft are amongst the highest in the world. Comparable losses are 5 per cent in Australia, 6 per cent in China and the US, and 16 per cent in Brazil. There are two kinds of power losses: Technical loss caused by a faulty power transmission system (old and inefficient transformers and leaky distribution lines), and non-technical or commercial loss, as a result of power theft, non-payment of electricity bills, unbilled usage of electricity, etc. The NDA government is focussing on both aspects.
Implicit social and political sanction is one of the most important reasons why commercial power loss is so rampant in India. Power supply is an important, if not sensitive, poll plank; the authorities are reluctant to penalise defaulters; and consequently, the public has become used to the idea of free or cheap electricity, even if it means irregular supply. This must change and the government must show the political will to treat power theft as an anti-national act.(Source-The New Indian Express)

Power Theft-Burnt transformers with power theft links will not be replaced.

India :
PUNE: The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd has taken a tough stand against power thefts from agricultural transformers. If such transformers burn down due to overload from illegal connections, they will not be replaced till such connections are snapped. Cases of power theft and unauthorized use of power will also be filed against offenders under section 135 and 126 of the Electricity Act 2003.The distribution company has said regions with higher percentage of power thefts also have frequent transformer burn outs. Each transformer costs between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 1.50 lakh. Detailed guidelines were issued to the power company's field staff about steps to be taken when they receive complaints about a transformer burn out.

"All unauthorized connections have to be removed and wherever necessary action should be taken under section 135 and 126 of the electricity act," the circular said, adding that help from elected representatives should be taken in such cases. The transformer should be replaced only after all illegal connections are disconnected.The field staff has been directed to check if all farmers availing supply from a transformer have installed capacitors as per rules on their agricultural pumps to improve energy efficiency. A burned out transformer should be replaced only after verifying the capacitors, the circular said. Top priority will be given to replacing a burnt transformer in areas where the bill recovery is more than 70%. In keeping with the policy, the distribution company on Wednesday started dispatch of 600 transformers to its divisional offices with instructions that they be used as replacements only in areas where farmers pay their bills regularly. "In case a transformer fails within 15 days of replacement, the junior engineer of that area will be held responsible and immediate disciplinary action will be initiated. It will be assumed that illegal connections were not removed and capacitors were not fit by farmers taking supply from that transformer," the circular said. A transformer will not be replaced for the third time under any circumstances and the chief engineer of the distribution company should be informed about such cases, it added.
Henceforth, every section office of the distribution company will display a board with information about all the burned transformers, bill payment amount and arrears due. The distribution company has also initiated detailed scrutiny of power supply feeders that report high power loss and high transformer failure rates.Sources in the distribution company said such steps were necessary to ensure that farmers who pay their bills get eight hours supply during the day and 10 hours supply during the night as per the protocol.(Source-Times of India)

Power theft case: 5 witnesses not examined as CBI fails to produce record - See more at:

In an unusual development, five witnesses in the case of power theft against Bhushan Industrial Corporation could not be examined in a city court on Saturday because the CBI could not produce the relevant record.

Taking note of the CBI’s lapse, Additional District and Sessions Judge Vimal Kumar asked the agency to take a “firm stand as to whether the record which is not traceable (on Saturday) can be traced or not”.

Further, the court said “the witnesses shall be summoned only after CBI takes a stand regarding the record on or before 25.11.2014”.

The accused in  the case, which was adjourned to December 6,  include Brij Bhushan Singhal, managing director of BIC, and officials of the Bhakra Beas Management Board and the Electricity Department.

The court had summoned nine witnesses for examination. However, the statement of only one witness could be recorded.

One witness, Sukhwinder Singh, was dropped as “repetitive” by the CBI counsel, summons for a second witness could not be served due to change of address and a third moved an application for exemption as his wife was unwell. Records pertaining to the other five witnesses could not be traced by CBI officials and the counsel.

In its order, the court said, “Prosecutor submits that without the record, which is not traceable at the moment, no prosecution witness can be examined. Counsel for the accused submits that the record to be shown to the witnesses, P P Wahi, Bharat Kumar, K G Khanna, Inderjit Sharma and Narinder Singh is not traceable. So the prosecution should take a firm stand.”

The court recorded that the CBI should make it clear if the witnesses were to be examined or given up.

The court had framed charges against Brij Bhushan Singhal on February 22, 2006, in the case involving power theft amounting to Rs 30.65 lakh between April 1985 and July 1988.

The accused had “wilfully and fraudulently” prevented the meter from duly registering the supply from D-3 feeder of the Bhakra Beas Management Board sub-station in Sector 28, from where power was supplied to BIC.

They allegedly caused a loss to the UT Electricity Department, as also the Haryana State Electricity Board by siphoning off 1,17,45,906 units of power in a criminal conspiracy.


Patiala traffic police station fined Rs 75000 for electricity theft Punjab,India

Patiala – In a surprise raid conducted by The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), the Punjab traffic police station has been slapped a fine of Rs 75,000 for alleged electricity theft.
According to media reports, the action came a day after the traffic police challaned some vehicles of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited ( PSPCL). Some police officials were of the view that the PSPCL authorities raided the police station in retaliation to challans of their vehicles.
Chief Engineer Paramjeet Singh Khaira, however, said, “Our team conducted a raid at the Patiala traffic police station and found that the power load there was 6 kW more than the sanctioned load. A fine was imposed on the police authorities for that violation. I don’t understand why the two issues are being related. They issued a challan, we paid the fine and the matter was over.”
He said the PSPCL also had a complaint-handling procedure. If the police department had any apprehensions, it could submit an explanation within 15 days and the issue could be reviewed, he added.
Though SP Traffic Pushpa Devi confirmed that she issued 12 challans for government vehicles a few days back.
Patiala SSP Hardial Mann said he was unaware of any fine being slapped on the department for power theft.
Source- SinghStation

Power Theft- A major issue, N.R. Narayana Murthy, Infosys co-founder


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Power Theft-Regulatory commission to monitor the Discom


Babus in Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) would have to stop loafing during work hours as Haryana Electricity Regulatory Committee (HERC) has instructed the department to submit a monthly performance review from now on.The babus might not be pleased with the decision but this step would streamline backlog projects that got piled up due to lacklustre attitude of officials.

The decision was taken in a meeting recently held by HERC in Chandigarh, and the officials have already dispatched letter to the department.“Now the circle engineers would be accountable to the department for the work that they have done in a particular month. The main reason behind the move is to curtail the massive increase in power theft the area,” informs a senior power official.

In the recent past, there has been an unprecedented increase in power thefts which has prompted the authorities to take the decision. Power theft not only results in power shortage, but it also results in damage of infrastructure. Infrastructure relay means requirement of more funds.Normal standards set by the department for power theft in urban areas is 3 per cent on each feeder whereas this ratio is 10 per cent in rural areas. But urban feeders have been witnessing 13 percent power theft whereas rural feeders have seen a theft of 50 percent in the recent past, giving sleepless nights to DHBVN.

“Power theft is high in rural areas because of  the agricultural set-up. We can’t snap power connections as it would affect the agricultural produce,” explains the official.In order to keep a check, the circle engineers would also have to submit montly reports about the steps taken from their end to ensure minimum power theft. This would also keep a check on corrupt practices as, according to sources, DHBVN officials have been helping people in stealing power in lieu of bribes.

Further, the submitted report also needs to mention the number of complaints addressed each month by the engineer of a particular area.Inadequate power infrastructure is a major issue in the developing Gurgaon-II (sector-58-115)  where construction is in full swing. In June, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had announced an amount of Rs 2,688 crore for the development of power infrastructure in new sectors. A total of 37 sub-stations were proposed in the new sectors as per the master plan and till now land has been allotted for only 10(Source-DNA)


A perusal of the official figures for the past two years suggests that the Jaipur Discom topped the list of power theft.
According to the Discom’s figures, the T&D loses that were 18.39 per cent during 2012-13 shot up to 28.13 per cent of the total electricity available during 2013-14, whereas the EESL audit report put it at as high as 30.51 per cent (for 2013-14). 
Similarly, Ajmer and Jodhpur Discoms reported a hike from 19.85 per cent in 2012-13 to 21.03 per cent in 2013-14, and from 17.32 per cent to 21 per cent during the same period respectively. 
However, the audit revealed that during 2013-14 the actual T&D loses for Ajmer and Jodhpur were 24 per cent and 26.58 per cent respectively. A huge jump in loses as also discrepancy in figures by any reckoning. 
Conceding the fact that the audit found a loss of over 30 per cent during 2013-14, the managing director of the Jaipur Discom, BK Dosi, said that the figures were being studied and special efforts would now be needed. 
When presenting the revised budget for 2013-14, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had then told the state assembly that the total debt on the three discoms, as on March 31, 2014, was to the tune of about Rs 75,000 crores. 
They not only topped the list of debt-ridden discoms, but their burden was about half of the total debt on all the discoms of the country. 
This not only shows the inefficiency of the power sector of Rajasthan, but is also indicative of the possible future burden on consumers. 
Rajasthan Discoms, in fact, are reportedly preparing for an annual hike of around 23 per cent in their tariffs. And the burden is mostly to pass on to the domestic and industrial consumers as the agricultural consumers have been kept insulated from this by the political leadership, irrespective of the party in power, for electoral reasons. 
Even those farmers who have been enjoying the fruits of canal irrigation systems are not being made to share the burden of development. The shocking state of affairs is exascabated by the fact that the discoms, while in the process of hiking tariffs, have failed to provide power - especially in rural parts of the state. 
Statistics show that the power demand has increased to 2192.27 lakh units - an increase of 50 per cent over 2013. In this light, the increasing T&D losses seem all the more inexcusable. 
The audit has made it clear that the state government must crack down on the Discoms and force them to provide more efficient means of power to the people. 
Local reports suggest that rural areas are still facing power cuts of about four to six hours in a day. But now with this study the government can ensure that errant discoms can no longer take away power from people. 


KOCHI: In a special drive conducted from November 10 to 12 against various electricity thefts and anomalies, the Anti-Power Theft Squad of the KSEB collected Rs 1.57 crore from Ernakulam district alone. The squad collected Rs 8.61 crore from the theft and anomalies detected from August to November 5, 2014, across the state this year.
ADGP Rishi Raj Singh who is serving as the Chief Vigilance Officer of the KSEB said power theft and other kinds of anomalies are increasing in the state. He said that squads comprising four officials each have been dedicated for the inspection activities in every district.“In the special drive conducted in Ernakulam district, Rs 1,57,62,550 was collected as fine. Around 13 squads in which 80 officials were included conducted checking at different parts of the district. As many as 667 inspections were conducted from which 31 power theft cases and 84 anomalies were detected. Since Ernakulam district consumes one fifth of the entire electricity consumption in the state, the drive started here first. The drive would be extended to other districts,” he said.
As far as the entire state is concerned, 6,255 inspections were conducted in which 235 theft and 665 anomalies were detected and Rs 8.61 crore was collected as fine from August to November 5, this year.The most common type of electricity theft detected was related to misuse of tariff. Some take electricity connection for agricultural purpose and divert it for domestic use. Some divert domestic connection for commercial purpose. Tampering with the meter is also common here.“Similarly some people do unauthorised extension like taking a connection for one house and extending it to other. The other common theft is unauthorised additional load in which electricity in high load is used at the residence.
“Several government establishments also practise irregularities and all the squads have been directed to conduct checking even at government offices and institutions,” he said.
Rishi Raj Singh said that, compared to other states, the illegal diversion of electricity is less here. “In Kerala only 10 per cent of generated electricity is diverted. In other states, average electricity diversion is more than 20 per cent. Interestingly, most of the electricity diversion is done by the rich persons here. Many diversions are made by commercial establishments who consume large quantities of electricity,” he said.
The Kottayam unit of the Anti-Theft squad which detected power theft of Rs 40 lakh would be given reward by the KSEB Vigilance wing. The Kollam unit with Rs 25 lakh and Kannur unit with Rs 12 lakh came second and third.
On Wednesday, the Anti Power Theft squad detected electricity theft from a commercial establishment in Perumbavoor. The owners of the establishment has been asked to pay Rs 36.5 as fine.“Once electricity thefts and anomalies are detected, we disconnect the supply. The supply will be restored only after paying the fine,” he said.
Reward for informers: Rishi raj
Rishi Raj Singh, Chief Vigilance Officer of KSEB announced a reward for the person giving information about power theft to the Anti-Power Theft squad. He said that any person giving tip-off would be given Rs 50,000 as reward or five per cent of fine amount would be given as reward. The names of the person who give information would be kept confidential. The information can be passed on to the squad over phones 0471-2444554 or 9446008006. People can also pass the information using whatsapp mobile application.

Residents protest against false case of power theft


 Residents of a colony today protested outside a power station here, alleging that power officials demand bribe from them while allotting new connections or checking meters. 

Dozens of people from Chaman Vihar Colony protested outside the power station for nearly four hours. 

They alleged that power officials demand extra money from them for new connections. People also alleged that while checking meters, officials demand bribe, threatening to implicate them in false case of power theft. They also alleged that the transmission lines in the area are very old. 

The protest was called off after nearly four hours when SDO Sushant Mishra reached the spot and assured people of solving their grievances.

(Source -Business Standard)

Electrical distribution: Reduce losses on distribution networks

 Electric distribution: Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, and Awesense Inc. have signed an agreement to commercialize complementary offers to reduce network losses in electricity distribution grids. Under the terms of this agreement, both groups will combine their expertise in order to design and propose integrated solutions enabling utilities to reduce ongoing grid losses and recover lost revenue, helping them achieve more reliable and profitable distribution grids.

Awesense Inc. develops products and software for increased grid efficiency by identifying losses, reducing risk of overloads, leveraging data from assets and reducing revenue recovery time from metering errors or electricity theft. Schneider Electric develops, manufactures and sells electrical distribution, critical power supply and control equipment as well as network automation and grid management software enabling its utility customers to operate reliable, secure and efficient networks.

This agreement will enable Schneider Electric to integrate and sell Awesense’s True Grid Intelligence (TGI) cloud software and line sensors, as well as associated engineering & technical services. The solution identifies losses on all grid topologies with overhead or underground conductors. Awesense Inc. will benefit from Schneider Electric’s commercial footprint with utility partners across the globe, and specialized teams who are actively engaged in improving network efficiency.

“This agreement will create a complete loss reduction solution, bringing together our complementary offers and enabling utilities worldwide to increase grid efficiency by analyzing data from smart meters against data from suspicious network assets through losses audits,” said Frédéric Abbal, EVP of Schneider Electric’s Energy Business.

“We are very excited to partner with Schneider Electric in tackling the problem of unidentified losses,” said Mischa Steiner-Jovic, CEO of Awesense Inc. “Utilities lose over $200B each year to distribution losses, which has an enormous impact on the environment and the economic performance of power companies everywhere.(Source-

Radio station owner said among 711 arrested for electricity theft

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) is reporting that 711 persons have been arrested between January 1 and October 15 for the illegal abstraction of electricity.

JPS has been carrying out multiple operations across the island, with the support of the security forces, in addition to conducting meter audits and account investigations.

The parishes with the highest number of arrests for electricity theft are St James with 128 arrests, followed by St Elizabeth with 118 arrests and St Catherine with 112 arrests.

According to a company release on Saturday, a community radio station owner/operator in St James was arrested during the week when a meter bypass was found powering the small media entity. The radio station had been disconnected since February of this year for an outstanding balance, but was discovered this week to be receiving supply, via an illegal connection, the release said.

The release said that in Kingston, a cold storage operation was recently discovered to be stealing electricity to the tune of $500,000 per month.

( Source- JamaicaObserver)

Man accused of electricity theft acquitted

Additional sessions judge has acquitted a factory owner booked under the Electricity Act (EA) for allegedly committing electricity theft.

On the complaint of SDO Manoj Grewal, Surinder Kumar of Ambala Cantt was booked and arrested under sections 135/151 of the EA and a fine of Rs. 1,84,005 was also slapped on him.
In his complaint, the SDO had alleged that a vigilance team of electricity board inspected the premises of the accused on February 9, 2012, and he was found committing theft of electricity as the meter was working slow on all three phases and the seals on the meter were found in a doubtful condition.
The defence had argued that the accused was falsely implicated, adding that the meter which was checked by the officials was temporarily installed by the electricity officials since his earlier meter was taken away in an earlier checking.
It also argued that when the temporary meter was installed on October 18, 2003, it was not checked and no report had come on file about the condition of the meter on that day.
The defence said that information sought under the RTI revealed that the meter was not sent to the laboratory for testing.
While giving the accused the benefit of doubt, the court observed that the circumstances clearly showed that the prosecution from its evidence was unable to prove that the accused tempered with the meter or committed the theft.(Source-Hindustan Times)

POWER THEFT:Slum stole power for seven years, causes Rs 42-crore loss

It was not so much a power grab as it was picking the grid up, slinging it under your arm and sauntering off into the sunset. 

It's not secret that Power minister DK Shivakumar and his men have been fighting an uphill battle against power theft, but recently, they cracked a theft that would have Danny Ocean purring. 

Over 50 Bescom officials swooped down on Karnataka Slum Clearance Board's (KSCB) quarters in Kudlu near Electronics City where they found that about 1,000 homes illegally drew around 1,000 kilowatts a day, causing a loss of about Rs 50 lakh every month. And if you though that was bad...they've been doing it for seven years. 

The raid came close on the heels of Shivakumar's recent 'zero tolerance' policy to power theft and was a major breakthrough, said officials. 

The raids are being carried out parallel to various other measures like Bescom's recent measure to audit energy transmitted by fixing meters to transformers and to plug power theft at the individual household level. 

The raids came about after a month-long investigation by a vigilance team led by Asifulla Khan, an assistant executive engineer with Bescom. The first of the raids managed to cover only 368 homes. 

"In a preliminary inquiry, it is found that the power has been illegally drawn since 2010. Over 272 units allotted in 2010 drew electricity illegally. Another 96 units drew electricity illegally a year after they were allotted. In the initial inquiry pertaining to these units, the amount of loss is found to be close to Rs 1.5 crore. The executive engineer and assistant executive engineer have been booked instead of the residents as it's their duty to ensure all basic facilities are provided before allotting and letting the beneficiaries occupy it," Prakash Gowda, SP (vigilance), Bescom told Bangalore Mirror. 

The electricity was illegally drawn from a main line that supplied power to a nearby IT company, officials said. However, the magnitude of the theft is said to be much more than what's found, as it was stopped midway due to protests. "Only around 400 units were raided out of over a 1,000. The theft began in 2007 -- perpetrated by those living in illegal homes and legal ones -- the guesstimated electricity drawn illegally is around 1,000 kilowatt a day causing a loss to the tune of over Rs 50 lakh every month. Further probes in other phases will bring a clear picture. KSCB officials, who should ensure occupancy only after all basic facilities have been provided legally, have failed to do so," an officer told Bangalore Mirror. 
The raids will go on 

Shivakumar maintained that the drive would go on and the theft wouldn't be tolerated. 

"We have adopted a zero tolerance policy on power theft. The government has announced a Rs 2,000 cash prize for informers. Besides this, officials carrying out major operations will be provided incentives. All these steps are being carried out to address the power theft issue effectively. Recently, we warned people who had not paid their bills for over 30 years. We are doing all possible things to check instances of power theft and these raids are part of it. This will be carried out in an intense manner across Bangalore and the state in days ahead," Shivakumar told Bangalore Mirror.

The KSCB officials are booked under section 135 of Electricity Act. It states that in case of illegaltapping/theft and usage of electricity less that 10 kilowatt, the fine imposed on first conviction shall not be less than three times the financial gain on account of such theft of electricity. On account of such theft in second or subsequent conviction, the fine imposed shall not be less than six times the financial gain. If the theft exceeds 10 kilowatt, the fine imposed on first conviction shall not be less than three times the financial gain. And in the event of second or subsequent conviction, the sentenceshall be imprisonment for a term not less than six months but which may extend to five years and with fine not less than six times the financial gain. 
(Source-Bangalore Mirror)

Man absolved of Power theft, meter tampering charges

Permanent Lok Adalat (PLA) has given major relief of Rs. 37,491 to a resident of Mandi Gobindgarh by quashing charges against him levelled by the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL).
The PSPCL had directed the petitioner to pay charges for power theft and for tampering with the electricity meter. Ruling in favour of the petitioner, the PLA also held the PSPCL responsible for not following its rules and regulations in the case.
Subhash Kumar had filed a petition saying that the PSPCL had raised an illegal demand of Rs. 77,062 for electricity charges, following which his mother had filed an application before the deputy chief engineer of Khanna, who in turn reduced the fine from Rs. 77,062 to Rs. 17,491 plus Rs. 20,000 as the compounded fee, which brought the amount payable to Rs. 37,491. The petitioner then challenged the fine before the the PLA. Clarifying its stand, PSPCL replied that the meter in question was replaced with a new meter. The PSPCL further stated that the changed meter was sealed as per rules and was checked in the ME laboratory on June 6, 2013, and found that the meter had been tampered with and the reading, counting and security cover were missing and the consumer had stopped recording the actual consumption.
The PSPCL added that following the violation, it issued a notice to the consumer on June 7, 2013 and after objections raised by the consumer, a final hearing had taken place on July 15, 2013. The amount had then been reduced from Rs. 77,062 to Rs. 37,491.
However, PLA chairman PD Goel observed that PSPCL failed to provide sufficient evidence that the meter was removed, packed and sealed in the presence of the petitioner as per rules laid by it.
The PLA further observed that the PSPCL submitted a self-serving affidavit of the engineer, Balbir Singh, which was not sufficient evidence as he neither checked the meter in the ME laboratory nor was he a member of the committee. It also observed that the ME lab report did not bear the signature of the consumer, so PSPCL had violated its own rules and regulations.
Further, the PLA also observed that the meter was installed outside the house of the consumer, therefore, the consumer could not be held guilty for committing power theft as it was the duty of the PSPCL to conduct checking to avoid power theft.
(Hindustan Times)

Flat-owners sore at govt robbery of tax-payers

Single-source electricity connections or smart electricity meters, increased property tax in reviewed formula and inception of conveyance deed (CD) has emerged as a major issue for the 40,000 strong population of owners/allottees of flats in over 300 group housing societies in Mansa Devi Complex, sectors 20, 22, 25, 26, and 27, which fall under the PANCHKULA assembly constituency. MANVEER SAINI catches up with residents to check their pulse towards elections.

Panchkula: "For the past two years, we had been fighting the battle against single source connection forced upon us by the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC). Following this, we have been now served fresh notices about the replacement of existing meters by pre-paid smart electricity meters," said Subhash Chander Sachdeva, the president of a flat owners' body in Mansa Devi Complex.

And this has come with a heavy burden of redefined property tax, as well as conveyance deed (CD) forced on the residents. Most of the flat owners are retirees and have invested their entire bank balance in getting the house. Original allottees will be forced to pay Rs8,000-10,000, and those who bought the houses on resale will have to shell out about Rs3-5 lakh, depending upon the value of the flat. Referring to property tax, BB Sharma, an office-bearer of the Sector 20 flat owners, claimed that property tax is working out to be more than that of a house of 350 square yards owned in other sectors. "So far as electricity is concerned, flat owners are the only group targeted by the electricity department to cover up their losses incurred in power theft in the rural belts," he said.(Source-Times of India)

Hydel project MD arrested for power theft, released on bail

INDIA-A top official of a mini-hydel project in Uttarakhand has been arrested in connection with a 10-month-old power theft case. 

Managing Director of a hydro-electricity project was arrested here yesterday and sent to jail on charges of illegally consuming electricity at the company's guest house without applying for proper power connection, a police official said. 

Meanwhile, the company approached a local court today and obtained bail. 

The power theft case surfaced after a power corporation raid at the hydel company's guest house in Raini village of Chamoli district. 

The corporation had lodged a criminal case of power theft against the hydel company at Joshimath police station in January besides slapping on it a fine of Rs 3.20 lakh, Joshimath police station SHO said.
(Source-Business Standard)

Zimbabwe: Power Utility in Prepaid Meters Dilemma

Nearly 100 000 houses in Harare and Bulawayo have looped connections that are not compatible with prepaid metering technology, making it difficult for Zesa to install new units on them.The houses are found mostly in old suburbs such as Highfield, Mbare, Old Mabvuku, Epworth in Harare while Bulawayo has areas such as Makokoba, Mpopoma and Iminyela. The looped connection is a system where many houses are connected to one bulk meter.
Power theft, according to Zesa officials, is also high in these suburbs.
This comes as the power utility has installed 532 000 prepaid meters countrywide at a cost of $71 million since August 2012 and is preparing to switch to smart meters to curb the circumvention of the billing system by consumers.
According to the Zim-Asset prepaid meter target base, Zesa has to install 800 000 meters, 500 000 of which will be prepaid meters, while 300 000 will be smart meters.
Zesa spokesperson, Mr Fullard Gwasira, yesterday told The Herald that outstanding installations premises were predominantly in old suburbs. "The outstanding installations encompass mostly the older suburbs which have looped connections that are not compatible with the prepaid metering technology," he said.
"In Harare, there are 32 000 such customers whilst Bulawayo has 55 000 consumers on the looped system. ZETDC is working towards ensuring that those suburbs have electricity systems that are in sync with the prepaid metering technology so that these consumers are serviced." He said power theft, which is costing Zesa $10 million monthly, would be minimised through the installation of smart meters.
The smart metering technology reports back to the centre any power theft or meter by-passing by consumers unlike prepaid meters.
"The project will commence once due processes by the State Procurement Board have been finalised," Mr Gwasira said.
"The power utility is determined to ensure that it offers a quality service to all its consumers, and the conversion of power supply from post-paid to prepaid systems in one such initiative which has been implemented." The smart metering project would be rolled out without the power utility carrying out a pilot project.
Said Mr Gwasira: "ZETDC is going to roll out the installations without going the route of a pilot project as it has been established that the system is already proven and it would be to the advantage of both our consumers as well as having revenue protection mechanism for the power utility.
"Such a win-win position makes it a sound business move to roll out the project." Smart metering is common in Europe but a number of African countries such as Botswana, South Africa and Malawi have adopted the same technology.
Mr Gwasira said meters were being installed on poles in areas that had high cases of meter tampering.
"In areas that have low tampering of prepaid meters, the utility is not using the pole mounting strategy at the moment, though this position may be reviewed in future," he said.
"In the meantime, alternative security systems that I am not at liberty to disclose, have been deployed to ensure that meters are tamper-proof and instantly give feedback once any criminal activity has been attempted to consume electricity for free."
 (Source -All

Aminabad reports max cases of Power theft

 INDIA -LUCKNOW: At least 300 consumers have been found drawing power supply directly from transformers during Lucknow Electricity Supply Administration's (Lesa) drive to physically verify connections. About 150 such consumers have been found in Aminabad alone which reports maximum cases of power theft, unmetered and unledgerized consumers.

Out of 400-odd unmetered consumers, 145 have been identified in Aminabad. The area also has 117 unledgerized consumers. The ongoing drive is meant to verify each and every consumer and note down details of consumers who have not paid their bills so that action can be taken against them. Officials said the drive will continue "at least till the purpose is met." The slow pace of the drive, said an official, is because of manpower crunch.

The drive, which started on September 1, requires a sub divisional officer (SDO) for physical verification of connections. Every SDO has to check consumers drawing supply from two feeders every day. Considering that on an average 1,000 to 1,500 consumers draw electricity from a single feeder, a huge number of consumers need to be checked daily.(Source-Times of India)

Blackouts cast shadow over PM Narendra Modi's economic recovery

NEW DELHI: NarendraModi took decisive action as chief minister of Gujarat state to secure round-the-clock supplies of electricity. Now, as Prime Minister, he is under attack for failing to avert a national power crisis. 

More than half of India's thermal power stations have less than a week's supply of fuel — the lowest levels since mid-2012 when hundreds of millions of people were cut off in one of the world's worst blackouts. 

Coal stocks at thermal stations have hit critical levels as payment disputes escalate, unleashing power cuts that could choke off an economic recovery before it takes hold and hurt Modi's prospects at forthcoming state elections. 
Financial metropolis Mumbai was plunged into darkness for most of Tuesday, amid a row between private generators and regional distributors that is symptomatic of an industry mired in debt and arrears of at least $100 billion. 

It's a headache for Modi that experts say will only get worse. His government is resisting political pressure for a bailout, just two years after a rescue by the last government that it denounces as a "farce". 

"The moment I start with financial assistance for one state, all the states will be asking me," power and coal minister Piyush Goyal told reporters on Wednesday as he marked a rocky first 100 days in the job. 

"States have to improve their own systems. I can't fund their coal purchases," said Goyal, who is mediating in payment disputes in an attempt to mitigate the power crisis. 

Prithviraj Chavan, chief minister of Maharashtra, has from state capital Mumbai pointed the finger of blame at Modi, who won election by a landslide in May with promises of economic reforms, new jobs and dynamic growth. 

"The centre is responsible," said Chavan. He added that he urged Modi two weeks ago to call crisis talks on the power industry, but says New Delhi "has not taken serious note". 

Maharashtra is one of several states that are at odds with New Delhi on power and coal supplies, and will soon hold elections. BJP hopes to boost its strength in the upper house of Parliament, where it lacks a majority. 

Achilles' heel 

Since Modi took power, coal stocks at thermal power stations that generate three-fifths of India's power have nearly halved to just six days' cover. Of 100 plants, 56 are now 'critical' with less than a week's supply. 

The shortages have arisen not because India lacks coal — it has reserves of 61 billion tonnes. Nor does India consume much power: per capita use is one-seventeenth of the US level, and 400 million Indians have no electricity at all. 

What India does have is a mismatch between the regulated price at which power is sold and the cost of producing it, which is typically 20-30 per cent higher. 

As a result, the power sector is caught in a debt trap, leaving generators unable to scrape together the cash to buy fuel from Coal India, a state behemoth that successive governments have shied away from restructuring. 

"We have a bizarre situation where there is demand for power from distributors without the ability to purchase. Generating capacity is stuck without a contract or the fuel," said Debasish Mishra, a senior director and energy expert at Deloitte. 

The situation "might precipitate quite fast into a crisis," said Mishra, urging the opening up of coal production to competition and amending power tariffs to properly take into account the cost of fuel. 

Modi model 

Modi tackled a similar power crisis in 2005 as CM of Gujarat — a state with a population the size of Britain — with measures that experts say would work in India today. 

His state government assumed existing power company debts, freed the firms of populist pressures that kept power tariffs artificially low and clamped down on rampant electricity theft. 

As a result, Gujarat is now a surplus power producer. 

Doing the same at a national level would, however, be tough as responsibility for power is shared between the 'centre' and India's states. The problem is a lot bigger too. 

The industry has racked up bank debts of 5 trillion rupees ($84 billion), according to central bank figures. Debts owed by distributors totalled $18 billion in 2012, the year of the last rescue. Coal India's receivables are $1.4 billion. 

Worse, the World Bank estimates that annual losses in the Indian power sector could rise to $27 billion by 2017 without action to tackle wasteful subsidies, power theft and political meddling.
Source-Times of india

FIRs on power theft three times more than 2013


The national capital witnessed a spike in the number of power theft cases for first four months of the current fiscal year, with the number of FIRs registered against offenders being three times more than the corresponding period last year.

The power distribution utility, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (TPDDL), has logged 201 FIRs of direct power theft in the period between April and July, this year. The number of FIRs registered during the same period last year was 69 cases, which is about a 200 per cent increase.

The discom, which supplies electricity in North and Northwest Delhi has registered these FIRs across five police districts of its operational area, accounting for 703.12 KW of connected loads. In terms of value, stolen electricity is worth more than Rs.1.82 crore. The Outer Delhi district accounts for a maximum of 85 FIRs, followed by Southwest police district with 55 registered cases. Of the 201 FIRs, a total of 58 FIRs are related to cases worth more than Rs.1 lakh and up to Rs.14 lakhs.

To crack a whip on such violators, the discom has been using technology intervention to track power theft in its area of distribution. The utility has installed automated meter reading-based energy systems at Distribution Transformers (DT) level and carries energy audit of all the transformers on a regular basis. This helps in identification of areas in terms of energy mismatch and hence provides actionable inputs for enforcement teams.

“We are determined to fight the menace and are taking all efforts, including employment of technology for the same,” a TPDDL spokesperson said.

Reliance-owned BSES has also been cracking down on electricity theft in its distribution area. In the last 18 months, around 84 people have been convicted by special city courts in Dwarka, Saket and Karkar-dooma for power theft with a cumulative penalty of around Rs.5.6 crore.

A senior BSES official said that of these convictions, 44 people have been sent to jail — 38 for rigorous imprisonment and seven for simple imprisonment — for terms varying between six months and three years.(Source-The Asian Age)

UP losing Rs 500 crore power revenue to thieves every year

LUCKNOW:INDIA 'Katiabaz' may depict a feisty electricity pilferer who assumes the role of savior to Kanpur's 'needy' citizens but the fact is Uttar Pradesh loses a whopping around Rs 500 crore to the menace every year, with the power corporation's staff being party to the crime. The amount is about half of what the UP government plans to spend on accelerated economic development programmes in 2014-15; around 70% of the government allocated funds for modernisation of police force; one-third of the allocation made towards Lohia Gramin Awas Yojana and around one-fifth of the total amount proposed for the maintenance of roads. 

Power theft takes place right under the nose of the authorities across the state, from electrified villages to the state capital, in the industrial hub Kanpur, or the prime minister's constituency Varanasi and even in Etawah the home town of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. In fact, Etawah accounts for the highest pilferage—72%. It means only one out of four consumers pay their power bill. 

UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) authorities admit that the menace of 'katia' connection accounts for around 5% of the total power pilferage in the state. In fact, it is hard to estimate the extent of power pilferage through Katia connection. Experts point out that it is essentially noted for those consumers who do not have an electricity meter. ``But there have been instances where people with meters used a Katia connection to draw power,'' said a senior official in UPPCL. Source-Times of india

Power theft rampant inside Jagdalpur central jail; officials face steep fine

Raipur .Chhattisgarh

                                     The vigilance department of electricity Distribution Company claimed that they found out electricity thefts inside Jagdalpur central jail during an inspection of the meters on August 2.According to information received, the devices fitted in the jail premises were consuming 76 kilowatt electricity whereas they were entitled for usage of 100 watt electricity.The team found out that various devices used in the jail for training prisoners like printing press, wood works, dress making, computer systems and also, several high voltage bulbs lead to the high consumption.

                        They said the jail administration will now have to bear the cost of the extra electricity consumption. Moreover, they also found usage of electrical pumps and have slapped an additional fine of Rs 72,000 on them.
Source- Chhattisgarh

POWER Theft-Electrifying Screenings of Katiyabaaz

.Phantom's next film Katiyabaaz talks about electricity theft and portrays various facets of how the life of many people get affected by electricity or the lack of it. 
Vikramaditya Motwane loved the film and met the directors Farhad and Deepti to talk to them about the film in details. The entire Phantom team has been going all out to support the film. They are keen to show the film to people from the electricity board and have been reaching out to them personally. They have also extended an invite to Anil Ambani (Reliance Energy) to come and watch the film.   They will be hosting a special screening for Anil Ambani and Tina Ambani along with their entire senior management team.
Katiyabaaz is a story based out of Kanpur but has a universal appeal. It underlines howIndia looses crores of rupees every year due to the theft. 
 Vikramaditya has been closely looking into the film and wants to ensure that it gets its due. He has been chalking out ideas for marketing the film and wants to ensure it is available for audiences at large. Vikramaditya Motwane confirms the news and shares "Katiyabaaz is a documentary about electricity theft. There is substantial theft of power in Mumbai and we are keen to show the film to Tina and Anil Ambani as they are owners of power in Mumbai.  We would also like to show the film to electricity boards and their employees across India. "(Source-Timesof India)

HC asks state how it plans to stop theft of power during Ganeshotsav

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Friday asked the state what measures it intended to take to prevent electricity theft during Ganeshotsav.

A division bench of Justice P V Hardas and Justice Anuja Prabhudessai was hearing a PIL by activist Ketan Tirodkar that said festival organizers steal power from poles as well as residential and commercial connections.The judges asked if the special squad of police and municipal officials was formed as directed by the high court in 2010 on a PIL on electricity theft by hawkers.(Source-Timesof India)

FIRs against 32 pvt power officials

AGRA (INDIA) The Shahganj police has lodged FIRs against as many as 32 officials and workers of private power distributor Torrent Power Ltd, acting on a complaint from locals who were allegedly manhandled by a team of Torrent workers. The power company officials have also lodged a counter-complaint against locals. According to residents, employees of Torrent Power Ltd tried to forge power bills of several houses in Hameed Nagar and Kedar Nagar on Aug 6.
 The locals' attempt at resisting the malpractice ended in a scuffle with the Torrent team. Several persons, including women and children, were injured in the fight. "They forcefully removed electronic meters from our houses and alleged that we are indulging in power theft. Our women and kids were hurt badly in the scuffle," said Nizakat Ali, another resident of Hameed Nagar. 
On the other hand, senior Torrent officials said they had specific information regarding power theft from the two localities. The officials claimed they came to know that the residents were illegally tapping power from the MSP box of the underground wire system. When they went to investigate, locals got into a heated exchange and shoved them around. 

Sunil Kumar, station officer, Shahganj, told TOI that the FIRs from the locals name some of the 32 torrent employees, while others are unidentified. Kumar further informed that Torrent officials of zone 3 have also lodged an FIR against more than 150 unidentified men from the area for manhandling them. 
 Agitated locals, feeling cheated by the police, gheraoed SSP Salabh Mathur's office on Saturday and demanded immediate probe into the matter. They accused police of siding with Torrent and delaying action against the guilty. Rinku Pathan, a lawyer and complainant, alleged that the senior officials and workers of Torrent misbehaved with women who denied them entry into their houses. S S Sharma, vice-president, Torrent Power Ltd, said an inquiry has been set up to identify the role played by Torrent employees in the matter.
(Source-Timesof India)


BOKARO: Jharkhand State Electricity Regulatory Commission (JSERC) has expressed concern over Bokaro Steel Limited's apathy to check rampant power theft in the township.

The members of JSERC on Wednesday asked the Bokaro Steel Limited (BSL) to replace defective meters and install cables to avoid illgal tapping of power lines. Power theft has led to huge losses and caused inconvenience to the residents, rued a JSERC employee.

A public hearing was organized in the area on Wednesday where the residents complained of illegal abstraction of electricity in the area. The hearing was called to discuss tariff revision in the township. The Steel major had proposed a hike in tariff rate per unit. However, the residents opposed the proposal and sought a crackdown on electricity theft, instead. The hearing was chaired by T Munikrishnaiah and Sunil Verma, members of JSERC at Kala Kendra.
"Voltage problems, power cuts are some of the problems that we, the legal occupants of the township, face every day. The company should address these issues before increasing the tariff," an ex-employee of BSL said. The shoddy redress system and poor maintenance of the electricity meters should also be taken care of, he added.

Rajender Vishwakarma, general secretary of Bokaro Plot Holder Welfare Association (BPHWA), said: "The illegal occupants of the area tap power lines right in front of the BSL officials but they have never done anything to check the menace," said Vishkarma.

Munikrishnaiah directed BSL to take immediate steps to stop electricity theft. "BSL should draft an effective strategy to reduce transmission & distribution (T&D) loss. This financial year, the board permits only 10% T&D loss as per the norm, the extra cost would be borne by the BSL," he said.

However the BSL officials said the management is serious in checking the menace and would take steps in line with its policies. The company is all set to install two 250 MVA transformers to improve electricity supply in the township. Besides, 5,000 new electricity meters will be installed in the six months, an company official said.(SOURCE-TIMES OF iNDIA)

Narendra Modi hails MahaVitaran's distribution loss reduction model

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not only praised the Maharashtra model of power distribution, which has successfully cut down distribution losses substantially, but he might encourage other state governments to take cue from the western state.  

The State-run Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MahaVitaran)’s loss has fallen to 14 per cent in 2013-14 from as high as 35 per cent in 2004-05. This was possible after MahaVitaran launched a slew of measures, including constant anti-theft drives, photo meter reading, installation of distribution transformer centres and feeder metering and action against erring employees.

Besides, it set up dedicated police stations for handling theft , energy accounting of feeders, mass meter replacements, tracking doubtful consumers, shifting meters in the front of the house and restrict supply in theft-prone areas. The state distribution utility also established an all-women Damini Squad to check irregularities in meter reading.

A MahaVitaran official told Business Standard:  ''Power theft was one of the most serious issues before the restructuring.   Earlier, MahaVitaran was having only 36 flying squads but now, another 125 were added. MahaVitaran has detected Rs 10 crore worth thefts in May and Rs 16 crore worth thefts in June across the state through such anti-theft drives.'' Further, the official informed that MahaVitaran established six dedicated police stations at Kalyan, Pune, Nagpur, Latur, Jalna and Nashik to handle the power theft cases quickly.
The official said MahaVitaran has installed high quality meters at all necessary system points and interconnecting points. The photo meter readings of these meters were taken. The distribution transformer centers were metered, as one of the important factors in the energy audit. Further, MahaVitaran's information technology department has made a list of doubtful consumers on the basis of their connected load and actual consumption.
(Source-Business Standaed)

PSPCL fines 502 consumers for power theft in Punjab

With Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) acting tough, 502 household, commercial and agricultural consumers were caught stealing electricity from April to June. Around Rs. 1.5 crore was realised as fine from them.

The corporation has made special investigation squads which conduct checking in its four circles - east, west, suburban and Khanna.
Chief engineer, PSPCL central zone, Ludhiana, Rashpal Singh said, “Electricity theft is a big burden on the corporation. We have observed in the past that because of kundi connections, many times problems of short circuit, overloading or damaging of wires took place, causing inconvenience to consumers as well as the corporation. Now, with the start of this drive, the corporation is seeing good results as many defaulters have been caught and heavy fine has been imposed for violating the norms,” added Singh.
From April 1 to June 30, total 23,000 household and commercial connections were inspected. In this, 484 consumers were caught stealing electricity and Rs. 1.27 crore was realised as fine from them. Besides, 492 consumers were found whose consumption load was more and were fined to the tune of Rs. 57.33 lakh.
With paddy growing season on the threshold, the PSPCL teams also visited the rural areas to check illegal tubewell connections. From June 10 to 30, the corporation inspected 7,009 agricultural connections, of which 18 consumers were found stealing electricity and Rs. 21.61 lakh was realised as fine from them. In the rural areas, inspection teams found that most people were using electricity more than the approved load and thus, 4,591 consumers were fined, and Rs. 4.18 crore was under the voluntary disclosure scheme for overloading.
The PSPCL has enforcement wing and operation cell which conduct raid to check electricity theft. These wings fine the consumer who is found stealing electricity, but when consumer does not pay the fine, the case is referred to the anti-power theft police station of the PSPCL, where a legal case is registered.
From January 1 to June 30, total 204 cases under power theft have been registered, said inspector Baljinder Singh. He said compound fine was being levied on the defaulter. “In case a defaulter does not pay here too, then the case is referred to court, which could double or even triple the fine if found guilty, the accused can get imprisonment of up to three years.”
The chief engineer appealed to the public to stop power theft. He said the theft caused a lot of problem not only to the PSPCL but also to consumers as it could lead to short circuit or overloading or any other problem.(Source-The Hindustan times)

248 power theft cases registered in huge crackdown

New Delhi
Continuing its crackdown against power-theft in the city, enforcement teams of electricity distribution utilities BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) and BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) carried out simultaneous multi-location mass-raids in East, West, South and Central Delhi. Following the raids, nearly 900 KW of power-theft load was unearthed, and as many as 248 cases were lodged against the offenders.
In East and Central Delhi, the discoms’ enforcement teams booked a total 110 cases for power-theft and unearthed power-theft load of 425 KW in Krishna Nagar, Nand Nagri and Daryaganj divisions. “Krishna Nagar saw the maximum power theft load of 115 KW being unearthed,” a senior BSES official said.
In East Delhi, the surveillance teams were accompanied by police personnel, as teams in past have often come under attack from the unscrupulous elements while undertaking such mass-raids. “At times, in case of the non-availability of police personnel in adequate numbers, it becomes difficult to undertake a raid in many areas. It has been observed, whenever the police support in adequate numbers is available, BSES was able to curb power-theft in difficult areas too,” the official said.
For increased effectiveness of the drive and to crackdown on electricity theft, the raids are usually carried out late at night or in early morning hours, and in particular on Saturdays and Sundays. “To begin with, this campaign will continue for a period of three-months and over 150 identified areas are being targeted across South, West, East and Central Delhi,” the official noted.
The discoms are relying on modern analytics and technology for greater effectiveness. Energy input data from over 11,000 Distribution Transformers and the 33 lakh consumer metres is being collated and analysed using sophisticated tools, by a centralised team and power-theft locations have been narrowed-down significantly.
(Source-Asian Age)

BSES Cracks Down on Power Thieves, Registers 248 Cases-Power Theft in Delhi

Cracking the whip on "power thieves", enforcement teams of BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) and BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) unearthed power theft load of nearly 900 KW and registered 248 cases today.

The enforcement teams of the power companies inspected multiple locations in East, West, South and Central Delhi.

West Delhi recorded 94 cases of power-theft registered and 315 KW of theft load traced while South Delhi saw 44 such cases and power-theft load of 145 KW was found.

The raids were conducted in Punjabi Bagh, Vikaspuri, Mundka and Palam divisions in West and Sarita Vihar, Vasant Kunj, Saket, R K Puram and Nizamudin divisions in South.

Maximum number of cases (40) were booked in the Punjabi Bagh division followed by Mundka (21), Vikaspuri (17), Palam (16), Sarita Vihar and Vasant Kunj (11 each).

In East and Central Delhi, 110 cases of power-theft were registered power-theft and 425 KW of power-theft load was unearthed from Krishna Nagar, Nand Nagri and Darya Ganj divisions.

The enforcement teams were accompanied by Delhi police personnel during the exercise.

"BSES teams often come under attack from unscrupulous elements, while undertaking such mass-raids. At times, in absence of the non-availability of police personnel in adequate numbers, it becomes difficult to undertake a raid in many areas," said a BSES statement.

Over 2.5 lakh cases have been booked by BSES discoms since July 2002 till now and power-theft load of over 7.65 lakh KW has been unearthed.

BSES has appealed to its consumers to report power-theft on 399 99 707 (BRPL) and 399 99 808 (BYPL).

The campaign against power-theft will continue for next three-months and over 150 identified areas are being targeted across South, West, East and Central Delhi(Source-Outlook)

APCo-Power theft detection

An increase in electricity thefts is costing Appalachian Power Co. (APCo) and its customers millions of dollars, according to a company official.
In a press release issued by APCo Tuesday afternoon, distribution operations president Phil Wright said Appalachian has had more than a million dollars worth of detected electricity stolen since 2011. While some monetary losses are recovered through prosecution, he noted power customers bear the cost of other losses when thefts are not detected.
“We want the public to know that we take the issue of electricity theft seriously,” Wright said. “It’s hazardous to those attempting it and a costly practice for our customers. If you see something suspicious, say something and do something.”
 (Source-The Southwest Times)

4,500 apply for electricity connection in Agra in week-Power Theft detection Follow up

After the district administration announced recently that it would take stringent action against people found stealing electricity through 'kundi' connections after July 10, over 4,500 people have applied for new electricity connections, in just one week. 

The electricity department also disconnected power supply to 20 villages of Agra district where it was found that although electricity was consumed, there was not a single household with a legal connection. 

Officials in many villages in Fatehpur Sikri and other tehsils of Agra found that only about 10% of the connections were not 'kundi' ones. 

"During our surveys, if TV, fridge and other appliances are found in households, strict punitive action will be taken under the Electricity Act," the official said. 

The action in Agra district came after the UP chief secretary instructed strict action against illegal electricity connections. The local administration began an awareness drive, and set a deadline of July 10 after which strict action, including lodging of FIRs and seeking jail terms for defaulters, will begin. 

District magistrate Pankaj Kumar said, "Our campaign has started to show results. Residents are queuing up at electricity offices to get new connections. Many have also applied for increasing electricity load capacity." 

The district magistrate said, "People should avoid going to jail for lighting up a Rs-10 bulb. Many cases of electrocution have been reported due to such illegal activities." 

NP Singh, managing director, Dakshinanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd, said, "Steps will be taken to upgrade power supply in the areas where people have come forward to take new connections. Also, new wires will replace existing ones." 

Singh said a target has been fixed to regularize power supply in UP by 2016. 

Given the positive results of the campaign, the district magistrate has asked officials to put on hold checking activity in areas where people have been coming forward to take new connections. 

Meanwhile, an FIR was lodged against a man named Ramswarup at the Malpura police station on Wednesday for obstructing power officials who were at work. (Source-Times of India)

Power Theft -Only 25% consumers pay electricity charges in Ex-Chief Minister’s Constituency

LUCKNOW: While large parts of Uttar Pradesh suffer unbridled power cuts, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's constituency Etawah doesn't merely get 24x7 electricity; at least 72% of its people get free power through pilferage.

While chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has been issuing directions to power officials to curtail line loss, in his own hometown, Etawah, sources in Dakshinanchal Distribution Company said only one out of four consumers of electricity is paying for it. Not that the rest of the state is too far behind; other districts report 35% to 50% power theft.

Discom officials said while division-1 of Etawah registers over 72% pilferage, division-2 sees 59% loss through filching of electricity. Officials have been unable to control high losses even as arrears continue to mount in the district. Authorities admit the losses have been rising ever since the district was categorized 'VIP district', qualified for 24-hour electricity.

Discom sources said the total number of registered consumers in Etawah is around 1.1 lakh whereas the population that ought to be charged for power is around 4 lakh. Power theft has spiraled particularly in villages of this Yadav-dominated district ever since SP came to power in 2012.

The high pilferage has led to red-faced officials gearing up to carry out a drive to register power consumers in Etawah. Dakshinanchal Distribution Company managing director Prabhu Singh said there is a dramatic shift in the government's stance. "Our focus is to curtail losses to the extent possible. And we are getting all the political support for that," he said.
On Monday, at least 45 teams of vigilance departments were roped in by the distribution company to reconnoiter the Etawah district.

The exercise will go on for two days. Singh said all 17 subdivisions in the district will be provided at least two vigilance teams. "These would assess the load in each home and commercial building and submit a report. On its basis, action will be taken against consumers," he said.

Singh said it was two weeks ago that the discom decided to take on erring consumers. He said the discom has spread the word about the drive in which erring consumers would be taken to task under section 135 of the state electricity Act 2003. This appears to have worked. In the last one week, the number of registered consumers has risen by nearly 12,000. This is almost 10% of the total registered consumers in the district.

"We hope to get good response," Singh said, adding that help was sought from the administration as well as police in carrying out the drive. A senior official in the energy department said if the VIP districts are taken to task, power theft would decrease substantially. Besides Etawah, the power department will carry out similar exercise in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency, Varanasi. In all, 168 towns with a population of over 30,000 people are proposed to be covered under the drive.
Source-Times of India

PSPCL officials held captive during raid to check Power theft

PSPCL officials held captive during raid to check Power theft
 Officials of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), including an executive engineer (XEN), a sub-divisional officer (SDO) and other field staff, had to face the wrath of residents of Kot Bishen Singh village of Ferozepur district in the wee hours of Saturday morning where they had gone to check the incidents of power theft. PSPCL staffers were allegedly manhandled by villagers who snatched their cellphones and held them captive for many hours. They were when police appeared on the scene.

In his complaint filed in Mamdot police station, SDO Sartaj Singh stated that a PSPCL team led by XEN S P Singh was carrying out raids to check power theft cases during the ongoing paddy transplanting season. He alleged that when the team reached Kot Bishen Singh village, it detected an illegal kundi (hook) connection from a single phase transformer to the house of sarpanch Sat Pal. "After making a video of the violation and disconnecting illegal power connection, the PSPCL team was returning when Sat Pal, along with his associates, encircled it and assaulted the members," alleged the complainant.

The SDO further alleged that Sat Pal and his associates blocked PSPCL team's way by parking several vehicles on the road. "They snatched our cellphones and deleted video clips of the power theft," he alleged.

Meanwhile, XEN Singh managed to make call to police and a team from Mamdot reached the spot and the hostages were freed. Confirming the incident, SHO of Mamdot police station Jaspal Singh Dhami said that a case under sections 353, 186, 342, 356, 201 and 149 of IPC and Section 135 of Electricity Act, 2003, had been registered against Sat Pal Singh and others(Source-Times of India)


GHANA:The Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Reverend William Hutton Mensah, has bemoaned the high rate of theft of electric power and customers’ unwillingness to pay their bills promptly as challenges that were affecting the work of the company.

He stressed that the theft of electricity was a serious issue that had led to huge losses within the system. Rev. Mensah expressed the concern at the inauguration of a district office for the ECG at Akyem Oda.

He said the ECG had worked hard to bring down the losses that were being incurred by the system from a high of 27 per cent in 2011 to about 23 per cent in December 2013. He said the ECG was currently collaborating with the Ghana Police Service and the Judiciary to apprehend and prosecute culprits who stole power.

He disclosed that special courts had, therefore, been established to handle the theft cases. Rev. Mensah said the business of supplying electricity was capital intensive and as such there was need for customers to pay their bills in full to empower ECG to serve them better.

He re-echoed the call for energy conservation, and appealed to Ghanaians to switch off air conditioners, deep freezers, fridges and all high-consuming electrical appliances during the peak period between 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and also when the World Cup matches were being played.

He revealed that 45 additional communities in the Oda area had recently been connected to the national electricity grid through the National Electrification Programme, bringing the total number of connected communities within the Oda Municipality to 128.

He said the ECG office in Oda, which was financed under the Ghana Energy Development and Access Project (GEDAP), stood as a testimony of the company’s resolve to deliver quality service to customers.

Rev. Mensah revealed that the ECG had a target this year to complete and inaugurate 21 modern district offices and a number of customer service centres and regional offices, some of which were at advanced stages of completion.

The acting General Manager of the ECG in the Eastern Region, Mr A. Anokye Abebreseh, earlier in a welcome address, observed that the opening of new regional and district offices across the country was an indication of the changing face of the company.

The Queen of the Akyem Kotoku Traditional Area, Nana Akua Asantewaa, who chaired the function, expressed concern over the intermittent power outages in the country which, she said, were collapsing many businesses. She, therefore, urged the management of the ECG to take realistic measures to reverse the trend.(Source-

Statewide drive to check power theft from July

LUCKNOW:INDIA  The UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) would begin a drive to control power theft across 168 towns and cities of the state from July 1. The drive will take into account sensitive as well as not sensitive feeders providing power supply to consumers.

According to a circular issued by the UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) on Thursday, a sub-divisional officer and junior engineer will take on consumers engaged in power theft using 'katia' connection that aids power usage by-passing the meter. Action will be taken under section 135 of the Electricity Act 2003.

The UPPCL will also be installing meters in residential/commercial premises of unmetered consumers. Also, corporation will be seizing old mechanical and semi-electronic meters. The new meter will be installed outside the premises.(Source-the Times of India)


Bhubaneswar, May 30: Authorities’ aim to check power theft has suffered a setback as the state electricity theft control cell has never been operational since it was set up in 2012 due to lack of the government support.

Perturbed by the loss of Rs 3,200 crore per year on account of power theft, the state government had set up the cell. The government had appointed retired IPS officer Amulya Kumar Mohanty as the head of the vigilance wing to regulate functioning of all the 34 energy police stations across the state. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s concurrence was obtained for the nodal officer’s appointment. A gazette notification was also issued to this effect.

But, the nodal officer heading the department has quit the organisation.

Besides, the nodal office, set up on the premises of the Grid Corporation of Odisha (Gridco), the state had also established four offices in four regions — Chainpal in Angul, Jharsuguda, Rayagada and Barbil to activate the anti-theft cell.

According to the arrangement, the cost of the zonal-level electricity theft control cell was to be borne by the respective distribution companies.

While the Central Electricity Supply Utility (Cesu) was to bear 40 per cent of the burden, the Northern Electricity Supply Company (Nesco) had to share a burden of 20 per cent of the expenditure. Similarly, the Western Electricity Supply Company (Wesco) and the Southern Electricity Supply Company (Southco) were to share a burden of 20 per cent each of the entire expenditure.

The distribution companies would have to place the funds before the chairman-cum-managing director of Gridco for payment of remuneration to officers and employees of the state electricity theft control cell by 25th of each month.

But no infrastructure, including the required manpower, inspector, computer assistant and home guard, was provided to the nodal office. Even no vehicle and phone was given to it.

“After Mohanty left, the post has been lying vacant,” admitted a senior Gridco official, adding that an ego clash among senior officials had led to the collapse of the theft control cell.

In another development, the regional head of the Chainpal in Angul had also quit the office.

“No advertisement has been issued till date to head the offices at other regions. The theft cell has been lying defunct,” said an official.

Now, the state’s transmission and distribution loss along with its commercial loss has been pegged at 38 per cent. “If we save 1 per cent power theft, the state can save nearly Rs 80 crore per annum on this front. On the other hand, if raids reduce power loss by 10 per cent, the state can save at least Rs 800 crore,” he said.

While senior officials kept mum on the issue, newly appointed energy minister Pranab Prakash Das, who is at present in Mumbai, said: “I am new to the department. I will certainly look into it after I return.”(TELEGRAPH)

Odisha ingot casting plant found stealing power, slapped Rs 11.3 crore fine

An ingot casting plant owner has been slapped a penalty to the tune of Rs 11.32 crore by North Electricity Supply Company of Odisha Limited (NESCO) on Saturday for allegedly stealing electricity. NESCO sources said the Chaitanya Industries private limited located in the industrial hub at Kalinganagar in Jajpur district allegedly stole 33 KV of electricity from NESCO. The power theft was detected after an enforcement team raided the plant on Saturday night. The department conducted a raid at the plant and found that it was involved in power pilferage. The modus operandi of the power theft was innovative. The illegal wire was placed alongside the XLPE cables hooked with underground PVS pipes. The plant was slapped with a fine Rs 11.32 crores for stealing electricity for over a year. An FIR has been registered against its owner, said Ananta Narayan Bisoi, executive engineer of NESCO at Jajpur Road. “On routine, the plant had to pay around Rs 70 to 80 lakh each month as power usage fee but the meter readings had been too low. The plant was paying around Rs 35 Lakh each month as power fee. We smelled foul play and a raid was conducted following which the ‘crafty’ theft was exposed,” the NESCO official said. “We found that the machineries in the factory, including the blast furnaces, were being run on illegal power supply. The electricity supply to the plant has been suspended, the official added.Source-Odisha Sun Times

Zimbabwe: Zesa Efforts to Curb Power Theft

Zesa Holdings is conducting countrywide door to door pre-paid meter inspections to curb power thefts.
The power utility is reportedly losing an estimated US$10 million monthly to energy theft.
At least 277 people have been arrested so far for power theft.
In an interview with The Herald recently, Zesa spokesperson Mr Fullard Gwasira confirmed the inspections were underway.
"These are ongoing random inspections and as Zesa we have built-in mechanisms developed to protect against energy theft," said Mr Gwasira.
He said some of the mechanisms include the business survey reports which help identify metres that are either not purchasing power or have low purchases.
"When these are identified, teams are deployed to investigate and remedial action is taken," Mr Gwasira said.
He said Zesa's Revenue and Protection Unit monitors the usage and those stealing energy are easily detected.
Mr Gwasira said no revenue was ever lost by tampering with meters as there is a formulation in place to recover whatever is deemed owing.
"Customers found in breach are immediately disconnected to protect the utility. To date 277 people have been arrested and jailed for theft of power," he said.
Zesa Holdings will fork out more than US$100 million to install 300 000 smart units as it moves to dump the two-year-old prepaid meter system.


MSMEs in North India facing severe power crisis: Assocham

The MSME sector accounts for 8 per cent of the country's GDP and employs over 8 crore people.
Several micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in northern India are on the verge of closure due to severe power crisis in that part of the country, industry body Assocham today said.
"The worst affected states are Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi, thereby threatening the livelihoods of thousands of workers," the chamber said in a statement.
In Uttar Pradesh, power cuts exceed 10-12 hours a day and in the absence of corrective measures, units would have to curtail their production, it said.
Besides, industrial units in Jammu & Kashmir are also suffering from a power shortage, it added.
"Power theft, leakages and transmission & commercial losses were the main reason for power deficit in these states," it said.
The chamber said the government should take steps like transfer of surplus power from the captive units to the state grids to fight power shortages in short-run.
"Use of non-conventional sources of energy, especially for domestic usage and street lightning, is another short-term solution," the statement added.
The MSME sector accounts for 8 per cent of the country's GDP, 45 per cent of its manufactured output, 43 per cent of its exports and employs over 8 crore people.
Source-The financial express


The pylon on Park Avenue First Street with bunches of cables hanging from it resembles a person in the ICU with too many wires attached to him to sustain his life. This in effect symbolises the deep trouble being encountered by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) in curbing organised power thefts with socio-political contours.
The EB post cable on Avenue Street is among the innumerable overhead cables that are being illegally tapped to power tens of hundreds of homes in Thiruvalluvar Nagar off Taramani and other residential neighbourhoods near Perungudi MRTS Station and Kallukuttai in suburban Chennai. Although most inhabitants are poor, a few houses boast of amenities like dish antennas.
The mode of power theft is simple and open. A metal hook with attached wire is slung over the overhead electricity line to draw power. Though official figures are unavailable, rough estimates say that at least 2,000-plus homes are illuminated in these neighbourhoods by illegal electricity.
One striking aspect about the open theft is the ‘ingenuity’ of the local people. People use colour-coded wires to identify the endusers.
Similarly, the hook also has colour specific holders to help distinguish the userlocation.
This is done to ensure that people do not crowd the same place to draw power.
Kandanchavadi, Velachery East and VSI Estate offices of TNEB bear the burnt of the power theft and are often left to battle hard to balance the situation and ensure power to legal consumers.
As for residents of Park East Avenue Main Road, Taramani, they suffer for no fault of theirs. An elderly person rued that the people were forced to put up with sudden surges and falls in power because of the largescale theft.
But why should anybody steal power? Officials say that people have constructed houses on unauthorised land, rendering them ineligible for power connections. Government and state-run educational institutions own the land, approximately measuring three hectares.
The situation is not very different in Kannagi Nagar, Okkium Thoraipakkam where slum dwellers have been relocated from other parts of the city.
Roughly, about 4,000 households have connections, but several thousand more live on illegal energy.
But officials are not ready to accept it.
“That was the situation some time back. Now almost all the connections are regularised and they pay for what they consume,” a top official of the TNEB said.
Revenue and TNEB officials say that the government would end illegal power tapping besides settling the issue of ownership of land in Kallukuttai and Thiruvalluvar Nagar.
The government was considering a variety of options, including resettling the residents in other more suitable places, an official said.
A resident of JJ Nagar in Kallukuttai, said a court order in 2006 entitled them to power connections from the TNEB. “Despite the order, we have been deprived of power connection,” he claimed.
But local power officials say that they have an unenviable task to deliver. “It’s always a dicey situation. Whenever we take action to stop power theft, we incur the wrath of the local people apart from fire fighting with the political functionaries. We give up as we don’t want the problem to snowball into a law and order situation,” an official reasoned, adding that stopping such large-scale power theft was in the hands of the government.
Hook (44 %) Undoubtedly, ‘hook’ or ‘kokki’ in Tamil is the most ‘popular’ method of stealing power. Under this method, a hook is put on the main power line to tap energy. From mass social gatherings in villages to political meetings, this is the favourite method to pinch power
Reverse connection (9%)
Similar to meter bypass, reverse connection involves routing power straight to the consumer load by manipulating both the energy supply wires and the meter. However, this procedure is quite complicated
Meter bypass (17%)
Bypassing the meter is the other popular trick. This is done through manipulating the energy supplying wires. Power would be straightaway fed into the ‘outgoing’ line from the ‘incoming’ route and the meter will not record the energy consumption
Miscellaneous (3%)
The most modern ‘innovation’ is operating the meter through a remote control. An electronic chip or diode is placed inside the electronic static meter by tampering with the seal. According to the user’s choice, the meter can be run or stopped through the device
Seal tampering (15%)
By tampering the meter, the disc mechanism is fudged using certain mechanical tools. As a result, energy consumption is not recorded in the meter
Circuit meddling (4%)
This is another tack through which the functioning of the circuit is compromised, ending in reduced power readings in the meter
Coil breakers (4%)
The current or pressure coil inside the meter is cut and a sleeve is introduced to make the wiring appear normal. In some cases, foreign materials are introduced to reduce the efficiency of the meter
Meter tilting (4%)
This ‘good old’ method is used only in rural areas. If the meter box is tilted sideways, the disc stops rotating and the meter does not record the consumption
Fewer squads to check pilferage
* Since 1999, there has been 84 per cent rise in the number of detection of power thefts and a 53 per cent rise in collection of penalty by the TNEB. In fact, the Board has come a long way after being sluggish during the eighties and the nineties in apprehending energy thieves and stopping power theft
* Still, the Enforcement Wing of the Board needs more personnel as unscrupulous elements invent new techniques to steal power. According to the Enforcement Wing’s own estimates, vigilance teams need to be strengthened in many towns, including Salem
* Strangely, from 25 squads of nine members each in 2000 throughout the State, the number of teams now has come down to 17
* The prime responsibility of the vigilance officials is to detect thefts and collect penalty to compensate “at least to some extent” the heavy losses the board incurs due to pilferage and thefts
Precision meters
In view of malpractices, the Board has phased out the old analog and whole current boxes. Now, it is the precision meter that is in use in domestic connections. These meters record even the minimum power consumptions by light electrical appliances, unlike the analog boxes.
Recovery of data related to consumption pattern on a daily basis is also possible through these meters
Two lakh units gone every month
In quite a number of places in the State, power is stolen in bulk. In Thiruvalluvar Nagar near Perungudi MRTS station and Kallukuttai in Chennai, about 2,000 houses are powered by illegal energy. Approximately, about 2,00,000 units of power are consumed by this locality every month.
One major problem faced by the Board officials in dealing with such situations is political interference. Though the offenders could be booked under the Electricity Act, 2003 and a heavy fine imposed, it is usually not done
“If one individual does it, we take action. When people come together in hundreds and oppose our action, the situation becomes messy. It could result in a law and order situation,” an official said

3200 Core loss in Orissa due to Power theft

Bhubaneswar, India
                                                       wings clipped by   Government
 Authorities’ aim to check power theft has suffered a setback as the state electricity theft control cell has never been operational since it was set up in 2012 due to lack of the government support.
Perturbed by the loss of Rs 3,200 crore per year on account of power theft, the state government had set up the cell. The government had appointed retired IPS officer Amulya Kumar Mohanty as the head of the vigilance wing to regulate functioning of all the 34 energy police stations across the state. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s concurrence was obtained for the nodal officer’s appointment. A gazette notification was also issued to this effect.
But, the nodal officer heading the department has quit the organization.
Besides, the nodal office, set up on the premises of the Grid Corporation of Odisha (Gridco), the state had also established four offices in four regions — Chainpal in Angul, Jharsuguda, Rayagada and Barbil to activate the anti-theft cell.
According to the arrangement, the cost of the zonal-level electricity theft control cell was to be borne by the respective distribution companies.
While the Central Electricity Supply Utility (Cesu) was to bear 40 per cent of the burden, the Northern Electricity Supply Company (Nesco) had to share a burden of 20 per cent of the expenditure. Similarly, the Western Electricity Supply Company (Wesco) and the Southern Electricity Supply Company (Southco) were to share a burden of 20 per cent each of the entire expenditure.
The distribution companies would have to place the funds before the chairman-cum-managing director of Gridco for payment of remuneration to officers and employees of the state electricity theft control cell by 25th of each month.
But no infrastructure, including the required manpower, inspector, computer assistant and home guard, was provided to the nodal office. Even no vehicle and phone was given to it.
“After Mohanty left, the post has been lying vacant,” admitted a senior Gridco official, adding that an ego clash among senior officials had led to the collapse of the theft control cell.
In another development, the regional head of the Chainpal in Angul had also quit the office.
“No advertisement has been issued till date to head the offices at other regions. The theft cell has been lying defunct,” said an official.
Now, the state’s transmission and distribution loss along with its commercial loss has been pegged at 38 per cent. “If we save 1 per cent power theft, the state can save nearly Rs 80 crore per annum on this front. On the other hand, if raids reduce power loss by 10 per cent, the state can save at least Rs 800 crore,” he said.
While senior officials kept mum on the issue, newly appointed energy minister Pranab Prakash Das, who is at present in Mumbai, said: “I am new to the department. I will certainly look into it after I return.” (Source-The Telegraph)

92% Mewat households draw illegal power: Survey

Lok Sabha Elections 2014Power tariff
GURGAON: A recent survey by the discom in Mewat has exposed the rampant theft of power in the district, causing the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam massive losses running up in crores.

In a startling revelation, the survey has found that a massive 92% of the 9,690 households in Mewat are drawing power illegally, with only 808 having valid connections.

The survey was conducted after reports of more than 29 discom feeders in the Gurgaon operational circle, most of them in Mewat, contributing to over 50% losses to the DHBVN.

According to the DHBVN general manager, Sanjeev Chopra, revenue loss from Mewat alone is almost equal to the total losses reported from seven power circles in Haryana.

According to the survey, only 8 of every 100 households in Mewat have proper power connection, while the other 92 draw electricity illegally without a meter. "All our efforts to convince residents of the 19 villages in the district, where power theft is rampant, to apply for valid connections have been in vain", said Chopra.

"We conducted village-wise open durbars to convince people. On many occasions, the discom staff were even beaten up by householders. We can't do much," Chopra said.

When asked, DHBVN managing director, Arun Kumar, said that after all efforts to convince residents of rural areas failed, they separated Mewat from the Gurgaon circle and Palwal from the Faridabad circle, and clubbed the two under a new operation circle in Palwal in December.

"We created a new circle as the superintending engineers of Gurgaon and Faridabad were having a difficult time managing both urban and rural areas," said Kumar.

"This will help them focus more on Gurgaon and Faridabad operations, while the new circle will work towards cutting down losses in rural areas," Kumar added.

Gurgaon and Faridabad have, meanwhile, become the districts having the highest number of defaulters among urban domestic consumers. According to a report with the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission, the Faridabad circle tops the list with defaults amounting to Rs 140.63 crore followed by Gurgaon with Rs 83.03 crore. The other three districts among the top-five defaulters include Hisar, Rohtak and Panipat. Hisar urban domestic consumers have defaults worth Rs 35.83 crore, followed by Rohtak and Panipat with Rs 33.38 crore and Rs 29.91 crore respectively. Haryana has over 45 lakh consumers.

Arrears of the state's two power distribution companies - DHBVN and UHBVN - have touched Rs 4,850 crore from 14.70 lakh consumers in urban and rural areas.

Delhi Discoms launch major drive to check power theft

New Delhi-India
Power discoms BYPL and BRPL have launched a major drive against power theft under which 500 raids are to be conducted across the city over the next three months.
For increased effectiveness of the drive and to detect power-theft of various types, the raids are being carried out round the clock with the two companies saying they are determined to punish those involved in such acts.
The campaign will continue for a period of three-months and over 150 areas will be targeted across South, West, East and Central Delhi.
"The intensity and effectiveness of the campaign can be gauged from the fact that in the first few days of the drive alone, over 3,800-KW or nearly 4-MW of power-theft load has been unearthed and over 1,000 cases have been registered," said a BSES official.
Some of the areas where raids were conducted in the last few days include Tilak Nagar, Palam, Nangloi, Jaffarpur, Bindapur, Munirka, Tigri, Mehrauli, Harkesh Nagar, Govindpuri, Jamia Nagar, Sangam Vihar, Kalyanpuri, New Ashok Nagar, Gazipur Village, Trilokpuri, Raghubar Pura, Gandhi Nagar, Daryaganj, Chooriwalan Chandni Chowk, New Qasabpura Paharganj and Karawal Nagar.
To ensure protection to the raiding teams, assistance of Delhi Police is being taken, the official said.
"Looking at the seriousness of the offence, Delhi Police have also started registering spot FIRs against power thieves, even arresting them on the spot," he added.
To undertake these enforcement raids with greater accuracy, the discoms are relying on modern technology.
"Energy input data from the over 9,500 Distribution Transformers (DT) is being collated and analysed by a centralised team and power-theft locations are being narrowed down significantly," he said.
Since July, 2002, BSES discoms have booked over 2.5 lakh cases and unearthed a power theft load of over 7.65 lakh-KW. Source-DNA

Power thefts, poor upkeep feed outages

INDIA GURGAON: Power outages are making the lives of residents miserable and the power discom, DHBVN, is crippled despite claims to the contrary.

Gurgaon is supposed to be a no-power-cut zone and DHBVN claims to be making efforts to pump up its infrastructure. However, overloading, local faults stemming from poor maintenance, and electricity thefts to the tune of crores of rupees, have hit the discom hard.

Residents of both old and new Gurgaon, forced to sweat it out in this summer month of May, have given up on the issue as authorities claim power cuts are a daily affair owing to frequent local faults which in turn were because of overloading. R S Rathee of Gurgaon Citizens' Council said that he, along with representatives of different localities and authorities, had met DHBVN's chief engineer who blamed it on local faults and maintenance work. "I was told some line is being repaired and the situation will be better in two days. It did turn better, but a new fault came up later," said Rathee.

Arun Kumar, the discom's managing director, claimed that there was no shortage supply from DHBVN. "We have adequate supply to meet Gurgaon's demand but power is being lost in transmission even before it reaches homes owing to which we have been incurring losses too. The substations in Sector 43 and 51 are always overloaded. This causes many of the outages and I have sanctioned the installation of additional transformers there which should be done by the end of the month," he said.

Kumar explained that losses during transmission occurred mainly due to damaged infrastructure and electricity theft. "We are doing our best to check local faults by installing additional transformers to bifurcate the load, putting up new cables and feeders where needed, but overloading is causing faults," he said.

Sanjeev Chopra, DHBVN's general manager, told TOI that the discom had installed about 400 transformers

. "This work is time-consuming and we have no option but to cut supply while maintenance work is on," he said.

Chopra too had a similar explanation for the frequent outages and said that power theft has a role in overloading transformers. "The case of the power theft in illegal buildings around the IAF Ammunition Depot is an isolated example of how theft is causing losses to both DHBVN and regularized consumers there," he claimed.

A new plan is in the works, said Chopra, to replace existing meters where the load supplied is between 10kW to 50MW with smart meters by December. "The load can be wirelessly controlled from our control centre in these new meters through which optimum distribution can be maintained. It will reduce chances of overloadingthat lead to these faults."

Though DHBVN claims to be putting all possible measures in place, when asked why the discom had to wait till the onset of summer to take such remedial steps, Kumar said, "Issuing of tenders, installation and maintenance of existing infrastructure is a slow process. Doing these zone by zone takes time,"Source-Times of India

KSEB Ex-Staffer Gets a 'Shock' for Power Theft

INDIA-A former Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) employee has attracted a hefty `3.24 lakh as fine for power theft, making it the highest such penalty imposed on an individual consumer by the KSEB. The accused, Ponnappan (Consumer no: 18578) of Muvattupuzha, had ‘looped’ a wire from the service line to his house.

“Looping is a process by which you bypass the electricity meter and that’s illegal,” KSEB Chief Vigilance Officer N Ramachandran said. The theft was brought to light by the utility’s Anti-Power Theft Squad (APTS), Ernakulam Wing, on Tuesday.

The case comes under the KSEB’s Muvattupuzha No. 1 Electrical Section.

Last month, the KSEB had fined Dr Abdul Rasheed of Thiruvananthapuram district `1.18 lakh for using agricultural connection electricity for domestic purposes.

That had been the biggest fine imposed by the KSEB up to then. In 2013-14, the APTS had identified 386 cases and slapped a total fine of `38 crore. The KSEB had collected `25 crore as fine in 2012-2013, and `17 crore in 2010-2011.(Source-The New Indian Express)

Power games: Electricity used to win elections in Uttar Pradesh

In a country where electricity is stolen or not billed to the amount that can light up all of Italy for a year, an American researcher has claimed that power is used as a tool to influence elections, particularly in the largest state of Uttar Pradesh.

Based on a case study of the state, the University of Michigan in a research paper said that during elections, electricity is used to win votes.

In the research, published in the Energy Policy journal, the university researcher found that power losses increased by three percentage points just before the polls.

“The paper offers a political explanation on electricity loss and why it persists in plain sight,” said Brian Min, assistant professor of political science at the University of Michigan.

“In short, elected political leaders benefit at the polls when their constituents receive more electricity,” he added.

In UP, 29% of all power sent out from 1970 to 2010 was never billed for, presumably lost to theft, billing irregularities, and technical losses.

This cumulative loss amounts to some 300 million megawatt-hours, enough to power all of Italy or South Africa for a year, the research claimed.

Min said the study shows that incumbent candidates are more likely to win re-election in areas where power losses are allowed to increase.

“Political factors affect line losses in ways that technical and economic factors alone cannot explain,” said Min, who analysed data from the 2002 and 2007 elections in UP. Rates of line loss in UP are higher today than they were in the 1970s, despite policy interventions, regulatory reforms and increased efforts to prosecute power theft.

Line losses were highest in western UP, home to strong political families. In Hathras and Mainpuri districts, 50% of the power is being lost or not billed. In contrast, the lowest line loss was in Gautam Budh Nagar at 13.6%, which includes Noida, a commercial area with many multinational company offices.

According to the study, the immediate need to win votes overlooks the systematic challenges that take money and time to solve.

“Politicians focus on getting their constituents electricity... But the government has not been able to address the investments needed to build new power plants that might alleviate the power crisis,” Min said. Rural areas don’t have meters and usually pay a flat rate for electricity.

The study suggests that meters should be used in the countryside because that might reduce the partisan manipulation of the energy sector. Before elections,many villages are limited to 12 hours of electricity per day. But during the vote, the supply goes up to 18 hours or more without any change in revenue, the study said.Source-The Financial Express

Rampant Electricity Theft Leads to PLN's Loss

Teraspos -  Rampant electricity theft has made Garut regency branch of state electricity company (PLN) in West Java suffer nearly Rp 1.8 billion or 6 million kwh/ month in losses.
"We has suffered as many as Rp 1.8 billion in loss due to rampant electricity theft," said Garut PLN spokesman Wahyudin on Friday (25/4). 
There are two kind of electricity theft carried out in our regency; raising power from 450 watts meter to 900 watts without PLN’s permission and installing the cable into the power grid.
In response to the electricity theft, PLN will impose sanctions on the perpetrator. They have to pay for the use of the power grid for a month. If the sanction is violated, then PLN will report it to law enforcement in order to be processed.

Power Theft: Domestic Consumer Fined Rs 1.2 Lakh

                                  Misuse of agricultural connection has landed an electricity consumer in the district with what could arguably be the biggest fine slapped by the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) for power theft on a domestic consumer.
 Dr Abdul Rasheed (consumer no: 7337) under the Kaniyapuram electrical section has been fined a whopping Rs 1.18 lakh for using agricultural connection electricity for domestic purposes.
‘’This could be the largest fine slapped on a domestic consumer for power theft. Usually, the big fines range between Rs 20,000 and Rs 25,000,’’ a KSEB spokesperson said.
 An inspection by the KSEB’s Anti-Power Theft Squad (APTS) on April 25 under the instructions of KSEB chief vigilance officer N Ramachandran revealed the misuse, the KSEB said in a statement.
 In recent years, the squads have strengthened vigil across the state and have identified a large number of cases of irregularities and thefts.
In 2013-14, the APTS had identified 386 cases and slapped a total fine of Rs 38 crore. The KSEB had collected Rs 25 crore as fine in 2012-2013 and Rs 17 crore in 2010-2011.   In the last financial year, the KSEB had identified 19 cases of irregularities in residential apartments in the capital city alone. This had yielded fine to the tune of Rs 1.90 crore. Compared with that, the present fine of Rs 1,18,776 is a rare case.
 The APTS had found that agricultural electricity - which has a far lower tariff - was used to operate air conditioner and other home appliances inside Rasheed’s house. The case was deemed power theft as the electricity meter in the house was defunct at the time of inspection.
Courtesy  Express News Service – THIRUVANANTHAPURAM


As the number of power theft and faulty-meter cases are increasing in Faridabad Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) started installing DT meters on the transformers which will help detect power theft in the area. 
Recently in a drive conducted by the vigilance team of DHBVN many power theft cases came to the fore. The team scanned all the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad’s (MCF) tube wells in NIT near Hanuman temple. It was found that many people had connected direct line to these tube wells without any legal connection. The vigilance team slapped the fine of Rs 10 lakh to the guilty.
A case of power theft was also registered against RP Singh, a resident of Sector 30 as he made some alterations inside the electronic meter. In another case a resident of Sector 45 has directly hooked a line from pole no. 81.
Gaurav Gupta, a resident of Sector 45 said, “The power thieves in our area have laid the cable under soil and hidden it. People are stealing electricity from pole no. 132 from past many years. These people use electricity in unauthorised jhuggies. Also, behind house no. 854 people living in jhuggies are stealing electricity.”
Therefore, in order to keep an eye on the rising cases of power thefts DHBVN has installed DT metres on the transformers. These DT metres will detect power theft cases in the area. Apart from this vigilance directorate of the Haryana Power Utilities has started an online system for submitting complaints under the Criminal Investigation Management System (CIMS). All the officials have been directed to lodge online FIRs against power theft cases within 24 hours. 
Executive engineer, vigilance, DHBVN, Vijay Yadav said, “Our teams take immediate action in case of power theft complaints. I will solve the case of Sector 45.”

 Measures taken to stop power theft
•In order to stop power thefts, DT meters have been installed on the transformers. In the second phase, billing of these transformers will be done on which DT meter is installed. Through transformer billing one can easily check the monthly consumption. After this, the electricity bill of the consumer and the transformer will be compared. This way it will become easy for the electricity department to check the areas where electricity is being misused.
•The DHBVN will then solve theft cases in their respective circle offices within 15 days. Earlier people used to make appeal at the District court. But now, the general manager has been appointed as a reviewing officer of his respective circle and he will reply to the consumer complaint within 15 days.
•DHBVN has also launched the “theft informer scheme” under which a person giving information of theft of electricity and the employees who detect the theft will be rewarded. The informer will be given 20 per cent of the realised penalty amount.Source-Dinink Jagaran,City Plus

POWER THEFT-FENCE EATING CROPS.PSPCL patronizing Power theft for ruling party

CHANDIGARH: Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) is patronizing power theft in favour of ruling party which is a clear case of violation of election code.
Nirmal Singh Add. Superintending Engineer PSPCL Sangrur has alleged that Deputy Chief Engineer Enforcement Amritsar is patronizing power theft to favour the ruling party. He has been on same post for the last four and half years though the maximum tenure on sensitive posts is three years.
Nirmal Singh in his letter of April 4 to CMD of PSPCL has claimed that he has given a number of affidavits against the official but PSPCL chose to look other way as the official has got political support of ruling party. All his affidavits have been ignored by PSPCL management.
Nirmal Singh has demanded immediate transfer of Deputy Chief engineer Enforcement as he is aligned to ruling party and is misusing his position to influence the voters.
Source-Punjab News Service

POWER THEFT-Suspected Power thief shot at in Govandi

MUMBAI:INDIA A habitual offender was injured after two unidentified men on a bike shot at him early on Saturday at Govandi. The bullet pierced the victim, Mohammad Raees Ansari's, thigh. He was hospitalized and is stable. The Shivaji Nagar police suspect that the shootout could be a result of a dispute over Power theft and its unauthorized supply in slum colonies.

Ansari (36), alias Pappu Kalia, is a Govandi resident and has a lengthy past crime record of around 20 offences. He has been externed out of city limits twice, in 2005 and 2006. Most of his record pertains to body offences like murder and attempt to commit murder. On two occasions, he was also held by the crime branch but is out on bail in most of the cases lodged against him.

On Friday night, Ansari went out with his friends for a meal. He was headed back home post midnight after dropping off his friends to their respective houses. He was on his bike and had reached Road number 7 at Bainganwadi in Govandi when the accused came up from behind. The accused were also on a bike and the pillion rider was armed. He fired a round which pierced Ansari's thigh, before the duo fled. Caked in blood, Ansari continued to ride till a friend's house. His friend rushed him to the Rajawadi Hospital where Ansari was treated. The Shivaji Nagar police was also informed.
Source-Times of India

Marijuana and Power Theft
You could have hit the indoor marijuana growing operation on Crom Street with a dodgeball. 
                            Literally. That’s because the house that the Manteca Police Street Crimes Unit raided on Wednesday morning was just 150 feet away from Stella Brockman Elementary School. Officers pulled more than 300 pot plants and a pound of processed marijuana from the residence that had been completely overhauled specifically for its illegal purpose. 
                       And immediately after the detectives arrested the house’s two occupants – 27-year-old Trieu Vo and 38-year-old Vinny Tran, both of San Jose – they called up the Manteca Code Enforcement Officer and PG&E out of fear that the makeshift power-stealing operation could go up in flames at any time. 
                          Crews that responded cut the power to the house and later determined that more than $20,000 worth of power had been hijacked by illegally bypassing the electrical monitoring box outside the home. Inside a series of extension cords and outlet boxes nailed to a wall provided the juice needed to power the potent lights required to trick the pot plants into thinking they were outdoors. An air filtration system sent the potent smell up through the roof ducts to avoid detection. 
                                According to Manteca Police Department Lt. Tony Souza, grow houses like the one shut down on Wednesday have become more elaborate in recent years not only in their scope – which includes removing portions of the inside of the home to make room for growing equipment – but also in attempts to make it seem like nothing out of the ordinary is going on. 
                                 Occupants, Souza said, often make attempts at coming and going during normal hours so neighbors don’t suspect anything. They have gone as far as to install electronic light timers to give the impression that people are home even when they aren’t. 
                            The theft of electricity, he said, can be extremely dangerous not only for those living in the grow house but for the unsuspecting as well. 
                               “There was definitely a potential for a fire hazard that could have jeopardized that house and other houses in the area,” Souza said. “There’s an extremely high yield on those plants when it comes to money because they have multiple grow seasons in a single year when they’re indoors. 
“But what concerned us was the proximity. That was alarming.”
                            Later that same night, detectives served a search warrant at the suspect’s houses in San Jose and discovered another six pounds of marijuana that was already packaged and ready for sale. Altogether the processed pot, the 328 plants and the equipment used to grow it were valued at somewhere between $350,000 and $500,000 – not counting the house. 
                                      Both men are being held at the San Joaquin County Jail on charges of marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale, theft of utilities, keeping a place to sell controlled substances and conspiracy to commit a crime. Bail for each of the men is set at $250,000. A bail hearing to ensure that no portion of the money posted is obtained illegally is also required before they can be released. 

Shocking: Over 60 per cent power theft reported in 500 Delhi areas

New Delhi: Power theft in the range of over 60 per cent is being reported in 500 areas of the city including industrial hubs, slums, unauthorized colonies, rural parts, residential and commercial regions.
It is costing the state government a big sum as a result.
A large number of power theft incidents are reported in the 160 areas in the BSES Rajdhani’s Jafarpur division. 
Over 60 per cent power loss due to theft cases are being reported in these areas.
Ghitroni in the Vasant Kunj area reports 70 per cent electricity pilfering.
Commenting on the problem, BSES spokesperson said the discom has already apprised the state government and DERC about the entire situation.
He also added that through the medium of company’s website, the whole affair has been brought into the public domain.
The busiest area of Delhi, Nehru Place (a posh part of Delhi) reports about 30 to 35 per cent pilferage of electricity. 
As per a survey conducted by the power company, several complaints are arising out of these 13 areas of Nehru Place namely Vikaspuri, Tagore Garden, Punjabi Bagh, Janakpuri, Dwarka, Nangloi, Najafgarh, Mundka, Jafarpur, Vasantkunj, Saket, RK Puram, Hauz Khas, Sarita Vihar, Nizamuddin, Nehru Place, Khanpur, and Alaknanda.

Power theft :Jammu and Kashmir issue: Farooq Abdullah says he was misquoted.

Union Minister Farooq Abdullah today said a section of media had misquoted his remarks on power theft in Jammu and Kashmir.

"I am sad that I was misquoted by the media. I had spoken about power theft in the state," Farooq told reporters here during a function.

"I had said that it is unfortunate that we buy power for nearly two-three thousand crore but we are not able to get that money back because there is a lot of pilferage of power. Many of our people are stealing power," he said.

"It (pilferage of electricity) happens all over the country. Biggest transmission and distribution losses are in Jammu and Kashmir," he added.He alleged that since the elections were near, "a newspaper tried to create misunderstanding in the minds of the people by publishing this".

On PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti's demand for apology, he said it was Mufti who should apologise for "spreading lies".PDP members, led by Mufti, today created ruckus in the J&K Assembly and trooped into the well of the house demanding an apology from Farooq.The moderate and hardline factions of Hurriyat too criticised the purported remarks of Farooq Abdullah.

                                 The parties "should go for self-introspection instead of levelling wild allegations", the moderate Hurriyat headed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said in a statement here.It said the remark was in fact an attempt to put a veil over the "failure" of the state government. Source-the Financial Express

DISCOM facing loss of Rs 3 crore every month due to Power Theft

City power supply to be in private hands
Ujjain: Even after the recovery being done by DISCOM in the city at regular basis, DISCOM has been facing the loss of Rs 3 crore every month. The loss is being observed due to technical loss at some extent. DISCOM ASE KK Sharma informed Free Press that about 35 percent power is being stolen in some localities of the city. DISCOM has made certain efforts to stop the power theft by conducting drives in the city for last few months. There are 58, 000 power consumers in western zone of the city while there are 48, 000 consumers in east zone. Recovery was done comparatively more in east zone rather than west zone. About Rs 6.86 crore was recovered till the month of February. DISCOM officials face problems in stopping power theft in slum areas of the city.
People misbehave with DISCOM officials and employees when they conduct inspection in their houses. If police department assures security of officials and employees, recovery could be hiked. ASE Sharma also told that some consumers demand for installments to pay their bill. With the recovery drive, consumers stand in long queue at DISCOM office to pay electricity bill. Power theft percentage was 75 in west zone which was lowered down to 40 percent. Likewise, the percentage which was 60 percent was dipped down to 35 percent.
These are some practical reasons due to which DISCOM is going to privatize the power supply in the city. Employees will be appointed in month of March and will be trained. Assel Company will take responsibility of power supply in the city.
Source.The free press journal

MSEDCL to punish regular bill payers if Power theft is not stopped by anti socials.

NAVI MUMBAI: At a time when students are taking their board exams, the Maharashtra State Electricity Development Company Limited's (MSEDCL) has decided to continue with load sheddings and even extend the duration, if need be. This has come as a shock to the villagers under Panvel, Gavan and Pargaon feeder system.

MSEDCL, instead of curtailing the blackout hours, has threatened to increase load shedding hours from eight to 12 in 25 villages on the outskirts of Panvel and Taloja, if consumers fail to clear the outstanding dues, to stop theft and illegal connection in the Panvel, Gavan and Pargaon feeder units even during the ensuing SSC board exams where hundreds of students will suffer from power breakdown, affecting more than
25 villages. They have also formed three special squads to crack the whip on increasing power theft. The squads have launched a manhunt to trace the source of losses by undertaking door to door inspection of suspicious homes.

"It is not fair to snap power supply at such a crucial juncture of our careerWe will be left in a lurch from revision of syllabus," said a class X student Mohit Gulve.
People from more than 25 villages on the outskirt of Panvel and Taloja may face 12 hours of load shedding soon, in place of the prevailing 8 hours, if the latest development in power provision is any indication in MSEDCL circuit

MSEDCL has warned consumers in these villages, coming under 'F' group of power supply, to stay away from illegal connections, use of power putting direct hookshooking, extending connections from their meters to neighbours, power theft, meter tampering and non-payment of bills.After registering huge commercial and distribution loss in these pockets over the last few months, the MSEDCL had sensed rampant power theft which prompted it to take stern action by threatening consumers to enforce load shedding here.

"In the last few months, our record shows that the our revenue collection has hit an all time low due to power theft in these three areas. If the situation continues to remain like this, we will be forced to declare load shedding for at least 12 hours," said an officer.

But genuine consumers are crying foul who have no fault but to bear the brunt of power cut for other miscreants.

"We will not allow MSEDCL to do injustice to regular bill payers. They can punish the defaulters and those who fetch power illegally," said a villager.
Source-Times of India.

Power thefts on the rise in EPDCL

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Eastern Power Distribution Company of AP Limited (EPDCL)'s reputation as the discom with the lowest aggregate transmission and commercial (AT&C) losses, formerly known as transmission and distribution (T&D), losses seems to be under threat. All thanks to the rise in instances of power thefts.
According to the latest performance reports of the detection of pilferage of energy (DPE) wing of the discom, which supplies power to the five coastal districts of Srikakulam, East and West Godavari, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam, a total of 2,187 cases of power theft were detected after inspection of 71,931 connections from April 1, 2013, to February 20, 2014 as against 2,069 cases of power theft for the entire fiscal of 2012-13.
Till February 20 this year, the discom imposed nearly Rs 275 lakh by way of fines on the 2,187 errant connections as against the fine of Rs 270.91 lakh mopped up last fiscal.
What is more interesting is that for the first time in the history of EPDCL, the vigilance wing detected a serious power theft case in East Godavari district and imposed a fine of nearly Rs 80 lakh, which is the highest in the history of the discom. The errant consumer was Aruna Industries, a rice mill at Pasalapudi village of Rayavaram mandal in East Godavari district.EPDCL had filed a case against the mill's managing partner, Subba Reddy, under Section 135 to 139 of the Electricity Act 2003 (theft of energy) in the last week of December 2013.
DPE superintending engineer E Surya Prakasa Rao said that their wing generally categorizes the cases into two types - power theft and 'other than theft cases.' According to DPE norms, power theft comprises consuming energy without having authorized electricity meters or drawing power without paying a single penny to the energy supplier. The other than theft cases include malpractices involving electricity meters like tampering of meters or paying less than the actual consumption. Incidentally, this fiscal as on February 20, the total number of malpractice or other than power theft category cases detected were only 7,456 as compared to 11,365 last fiscal.

"We have now intensified enforcement raids, including raids on suspicious power consumers, to check illegal practices. The raids will be vigorous soon," said Surya Prakasa Rao, appealing to the people to file a complaint with the DPE if they come across anybody indulging in power pilferage or other illegal practices. The complaints can be filed through the DPE number 9440812809, he informed.

Power theft and malpractice cases play a vital role in calculating a power company's AT&C losses. EPDCL's AT&C losses are much better than other discoms across the country, said Surya Prakasa Rao. The AT&C losses of EPDCL for 2012-13 were 6.4%, down from 17.91% in 2000-01.Source-the Times of India

Dark hours: Maharashtra may face load shedding, if Power Theft continues

Dark hours: Maharashtra may face load shedding, if Power Theft continues 
Dark hours: Maharashtra may face load shedding, if Power Theft continues
THANE: Residents of Kalwa and Kharegaon may face load shedding on the lines of power cuts imposed in Mumbra, Diva, Kausa and Sheel owing to rampant power theft. Currently, the above mentioned areas face three-hour load shedding everyday.

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd's (MSEDCL) special squad, in the meantime, detected 34 power theft cases and collected a staggering penalty of Rs 9.56 lakh. This was unearthed during the month-long special drive promulgated by MSEDCL, after suspecting illegal connection leading to low revenue collection.

MSEDCL has apprehended to bring in load shedding if the situation continues unabated, warning consumers to discourage such theft and people involved in the racket.

During the month-long drive MSEDCL ground staff inspected various vulnerable pockets where they sensed some touts indulging in fishy business to tamper with connection and extend lines to illegal users.

The areas being watched were Kalwa, Kharegaon, Vitawa, Anand Nagar, Shanti Nagar, Budhaji Nagar, Surya Nagar, Ishwar Nagar and Ganpatipada.

"We came across cases where illegal extension was given to the nearby areas, causing direct distribution and commercial loss to the exchequer. Out team unfolded the thefts cases and collected a staggering figure. We will continue this drive further.

If the loss is not curbed, then we will put these areas under load shedding before summer sets in," said Dhananjay Pawar, public relations officer of MSEDCL.

Jayawant Jadhav, a Kalwa resident said, "It will be unfair to impose load shedding in the whole area for some crooks that dupe the power provider. The MSEDCL should punish defaulters and thieves for indulging in power theft instead of imposing power cuts and punishing us for no fault of ours."

During the month-long drive conducted by the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) to detect power thefts, a penalty of Rs 9.56 lakh was collected. MSEDCL has said that if the thefts continue to take place and the commercial loss is not curbed, then load shedding will have to be imposed
Source-Times of India

Power Theft-Sincere consumers pay for Power pilferers too

HYDERABAD: Genuine power consumers in Hyderabad not only pay for the power that they use but also for those consumers who steal power. Customers who promptly pay their electricity bills are bearing the burden of an additional 12.5 paise per unit every month. With a revision of power tariff on the cards, genuine bill-paying consumers' tabs are likely to get bigger, thanks to vote bank politics and meek CPDCL officials.
The unwarranted additional burden on bill-paying consumers is mainly because of unaccounted power pilferage in Hyderabad South, which comprises the Old City and other areas. Power enforcement officials are doing little to reduce pilferage. If the enforcement officials bring down pilferage even by 1%, the power utility could earn Rs 9.75 crore every month.
Of the 1,875 million units input supplied in Hyderabad South circle between December 2012 and November 2013, 897 million units could not be billed, implying that it was tapped illegally by defaulters and non-customers, according to an internal audit by CPDCL, which was also submitted to the state energy department.
The loss incurred by CPDCL in Hyderabad South alone during the last one year was pegged at Rs 466 crore, while the overall loss of the power utility, which has jurisdiction over seven districts, was Rs 2,342 crore. After Hyderabad South, Medak was the worst performing district with an accumulated loss of Rs 300 crore.
The state government and distribution companies have, to offset their losses, decided to pass on this burden to genuine bill-paying consumers by including the loss while fixing tariff itself. The existing burden of 12.5 paise per unit is likely to increase steeply in the coming days as losses were increasing significantly in the CPDCL jurisdiction when compared to other distribution centres in the state. The best loss-making distribution company of the four power utilities is East Power Distribution Company Limited.
According to a CPDCL official, if the state government gives them a free hand and supports their drive against power pilferers, the power bill of every consumer might reduce significantly. In the 11 circles under CPCDL, the revenue increase would be Rs 174 crore.
When contacted, CPDCL chief vigilance officer K Muralidhar Rao told TOI: "Of the 20 feeders in Hyderabad South, 16 have been loss making for the last several years. We are increasing enforcement squads and trying to reduce power theft, but more needs to be done."
With political parties resorting to vote bank politics, officials dread to crack down on those who pilfer power and often do not even have enough support from local police.Source-Times of India

AAP waives off power bills and closure of Power Theft

24,000 people who took part in an AAP campaign against inflated electricity bills from paying 50 percent of the bill amount for that period.

It also decided to consider closure of power theft cases filed against some consumers during the Congress regime, which the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had accused of being hand-in-glove with power discoms.
The government has decided to waive 50 percent off the power bills for those who did not pay from October 2012 and did not submit the bills until December 2013, Delhi Minister Manish Sisodia said.
He told the media that the penalty imposed on these people for delayed payment would also be scrapped.

According to the power department, 24,036 people had resisted payment of their "inflated" bills till December 2013.
Sisodia said these people who did not pay their bills were part of the "Bijli Paani Satyagraha" launched in October 2012 in Delhi. The total amount waived off comes to Rs.6 crore.

"The chief minister, in keeping with his promise to provide relief to the people who had agitated against high electricitytariffs and inflated bills, decided to provide them 50 percent relief on outstanding arrears," said a statement from the chief minister's office.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced the exemption and added the amount due from these people would be paid by the government.
The AAP launched the "Bijli Paani Satyagraha" in which Kejriwal had appealed to people to stop paying their power bills, which he had alleged were highly inflated.(Source-Newstrack India)

Power Theft- AAP accuses ex-NCP corporator

NAVI MUMBAI:INDIA The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has accused Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ravindra Ithape from Nerul of indulging in Power Theft.

                               The AAP alleged that the former NCP corporator used streetlights to procure power supply for his daughter's marriage function. Ithape's wife Surekha is the sitting NCP corpoartor from Nerul. When the AAP activists observed that power supply for the function is being taken from the streetlights, one of them lodged a complaint with the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL)."We have video footage of the power theft, which we have uploaded on YouTube. We have even forwarded the link footage to the power supply company," said Mayur Panghaal, an AAP member.                        
                             Meanwhile, an officer from the power distribution company's flying squad admitted that they had received a complaint from AAP"On Monday night, we received a complaint about power theft. Our vigilance officer visited the site on Tuesday morning and observed that the connection was taken from the streetlight," said the local MSEDCL official.

                             He clarified that they had given the streetlight connection to the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC). "The local civic body is the appropriate authority to deal with the issue. We have asked the complainant to take up the issue with the NMMC," he addedWhen asked if AAP will pursue the issue, Panghaal said, "We will forward the video footage to the NMMC commissioner. If the civic body fails to take action on the local NCP leader's alleged involvement in power theft, we will take the case to logical end in 'AAP style'."
                   Reacting to the allegations, Ravindra Ithape said, "The issue has been resolved, as the connection has been restored."
Power theft is one of the issues which the Maharashtra government has failed to handle with iron hand, say political observers.Source-Times of India

Power Theft Madhya Pradesh with 114 illegal transformers and 400 electricity Poles

INDIA. BHOPAL: In a case of power theft, 114 illegal transformers were installed along with 400 electricity poles to supply power illegally to villages in Rajgarh district. A probe found officials of the discom, private contractors and consumers to be hand in glove in the scam that led to a loss of about Rs 40 lakh. Central region power distribution company has suspended four officials and lodged FIRs against at least two private contractors in the connection, so far.

                        The incident came to fore during investigations by senior officials of discom who found a wide gap in power consumed and billed. "A probe was held during January and inspections are still on," superintending engineer of Rajgarh circle, R K Sharma told TOI. "Initial estimates suggest power theft to the tune of around Rs 40 lakh through these transformers. These are basically 25 KVA transformers and so far 165 consumers have been identified and they are being served recovery notices," Sharma said. "To install transformers one needs permission from power distribution company as well as power inspectorate, but no such permissions were taken in these cases and contractors installed electricity poles at various villages in the district, under Rajgarh and Biaora tehsil and electricity was supplied through it," said Sharma.
                      "After a month-long probe we have registered FIR against two contractors - Naval Kishore Singh and Mahesh Gurjar in Khiclipur and Sothalia police stations. However a total of 8 such contractors are identified and process for lodging FIR against others is underway," Sharma said adding, "Besides these, assistant engineer of distribution company Rahul Thakre, junior engineer Sandeep Namdeo, line inspector Kanwarlal Chouhan and lineman Tara Singh have been suspended".

                           The probe so far has revealed that contractors were kin of the field staff, he said."These illegal connections were used by farmers for running motors for irrigation," Sharma said.Now we have written for cancellation of licenses of accused contractors, he said. Recovery process is underway, once recovery is done we will try to regularize these transformers, he said.

 Source-Times of India

GPL sweating over Power theft

GPL sweating over Power theft

Operational and commercial losses continue to cripple the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Inc, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds told the natural resources parliamentary sectoral committee on Wednesday.

GPL is experiencing a 31 per cent loss in electricity owing to theft. This is a “great embarrassment,” Prime Minister Hinds told the committee chaired by A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) parliamentarian Rupert Roopnaraine.

Between Coldingen and Bygeval on the East Coast of Demerara, there is a 37.1 per cent loss in electricity, while from Sophia to Coldingen, there is a 43.9 per cent loss. In Sophia’s A to E Field, a 42.2 per cent loss in electricitywas recorded at the end of March 31, 2013.

Collectively the communities of Tucville Well, Sophia Well, South Ruimveldt Park east of Penny Lane, Festival City, North Ruimveldt, South Ruimveldt Gardens, Roxanne Gardens, Guyhoc Park, and Ebenezer Drive accounted for a loss of 60 per cent, the highest recorded during that period.

However, the prime minister said he was pleased that there are other communities that are recording lower losses. Garden of Eden, Nandy Park, Edinburgh, Windsor Forest and Kitty were among these communities.

According to Hinds, from the overall 31 per cent in losses, 17 per cent is commercial losses while an average of 14 per cent is technical losses.

He also contended that there is a loss of approximately five per cent due to the GPL staffers who aid in the theft of electricity or the loss of electricity.


“Thirty-one per cent is loss both in transmission and all the other things that may be non-transmission from meters reading wrongly perhaps low, meters reading lower than they should, meters being doctored in any number of ways – bypass, multiplying factor being recorded, and there is direct connection to the network,” said Hinds.

GPL Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bharat Dindyal said the company has been registering the experiences of territories such as South Africa, The Dominica Republic and Jamaica in tackling electricity theft. The implementation of the prepaid meter programme was based on a similar programme in South Africa.

Dindyal said when the prepaid meters were introduced during the period 2009-2012, GPL was convinced that the technology was working in the best interest of the company and consumers, but of recent, the company has been experiencing problems with residents attempting to bypass the system.

In 2009, losses peaked at 44.3 per cent; from 2010 to 2012, they remained at approximately 31 per cent. The Field Services Department has been executing a series of raids with thousands of illegal connections being detected.

However, of the more than 2000 persons GPL had arrested over the past six years for illegal connections, approximately 1248 cases are still pending.

As a consequence of the lack of stern penalties, perpetrators reconnect their illegal electricity connections within one week of disconnection.

Source-Guyana Times

Discom starts drive to check rural power theft to conserve it in summer

NOIDA: India-In order to conserve power during summer, Noida Power Company Limited (NPCL), the discom of Greater Noida, has embarked upon a drive in rural areas to rein in electricity pilferage. The drive has been undertaken so that the misuse of electricity is clamped down upon and urban residential sectors get their full supply quota.

The discom has registered around 100 FIRs on charges of electricity theft at different police stations of Greater Noida as part of the drive, which is being undertaken by a number of specialized teams formed by NPCL, including technical staff.

NPCL officials informed that an awareness drive was also being undertaken to educate people about the dangers of using electricity supplied through illegal connections. Teams formed by the discom are conducting camps in individual villages in which those detected to have taken illegal connections are provided opportunities to avail of valid metered connections.

"Four camps have been conducted so far. Those stealing electricity for use are being provided with alternative measures to avoid legal hassles," said Samarjeet Mohanty, manager, NPCL.

Through the camps, the discom is offering legal connections to those who have been found guilty of using illegal connections. Cases are being registered against those who are not availing of legal connections following these opportunities.

Officials informed that the discom is trying to cover as many villages as possible to detect illegal connections as part of the ongoing drive that will continue till the end of February.
Source-Times of India

Power Theft--Nearly 50% of power in Hyderabad's Old City pilfered, thanks to politicians.

HYDERABAD: Nearly 50% of power supplied to the Old City is unaccounted for. Despite suffering Rs 69 lakh loss daily, ostensibly due to power pilferage, the Central Power Distribution Company Limited (CPDCL) enforcement wingofficials dread to crack the whip on 'power thieves' due to political interference. Also, location of meters inside houses has been hampering vigilance checks.Recently, when CPDCL enforcement wing (who are drawn from police department) went to Hasan Nagar in Rajendranagar along with local police to nab second-time offenders besides penalizing them for drawing power illegally, Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) MLA Syed Ahmed Pasha Quadri, who represents Charminar constituency in the Assembly, landed at the location and directed officials not to collect penalties. "Our team went to register cases against persons indulging in power pilferage at Rajendranagar under a feeder, where nearly 87% is illegally tapped.
                             However, the MLA came to the location and said that since Milad-un-Nabi is round the corner, he asked the team to come back after January 14. Since the situation was tense, with no other option, the officials returned empty-handed,'' chief vigilance officer (CVO) K Muralidhar Rao told TOI. "This is not an isolated case, but the norm in the Old City with interference of local politicians. Since the last few months, we have been focusing on the Old City and any person committing second offence is being remanded," the CVO added. With most customers fixing meters inside their houses, the CPDCL officials have been finding it difficult to monitor them for pilferage. "Fixing meters inside is against rules now. When enforcement officials visit residences randomly to verify whether meter is tampered or not, they raise objections over 'other men' entering their houses.
                             When we insist that they put up the meter outside, they never get it done," another official said.As a result, the number of cases registered against culprits is much less compared to the amount of power pilferage in the Old City. Till a few months ago, the CPDCL officials never even used to bother to register a second offence case, since they never ever revisit the same locality again. So, the first offence cases were many, but hardly any booked for the second offence. The officials said when customers are caught pilfering power they have to pay for the energy already consumed used besides face criminal offence, henceforth.source-Times of India

Power theft- Kejriwal Govt’s move to withdraw Power theft cases must stand court scrutiny

A loan and dues waiver virus runs in the bloodstream of political parties. This virus gets virulent ahead of polls. Ruling parties have reaped rich electoral harvests by succumbing to various forms of 'waiver viruses'. 

On the eve of the 2009 general elections, the UPAgovernment unveiled a gigantic Rs 52,275 crore loan waiver scheme for small and marginal farmers. With a smile and twinkle in his eyes, finance minister P Chidambaram had challenged his opponents: "Please stand up and be counted. Are you for or against farmers?" No one stood up to get counted as anti-farmer. 

Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party, a new outfit with a spectaculardebut under its belt, appears to have caught the 'waiver virus', which has chronically stifled the country's economy. 

Politically, Kejriwal government's decision to waive off unpaid electricity dues from March last year should not raise eyebrows. It is a done thing for politicians, especially the chief minister, to appease his constituency. AAP, one can say, has the largest constituency - the aam aadmi or general public. 

But it is both socially worrisome and legally unpalatable to withdraw cases of power theft. Those who stole electricity have already burdened the law abiding aam aadmi. That is because no power distributing company will let go of the cost incurred for purchasing the electricity which was stolen. They accounted for it by increasing power tariff on those who regularly paid their bills. 

Socially, what message will this send? Will this not encourage stealing national resources? Will this not further tax the taxpayer to appease those who deliberately did not pay their power bills? 

How easy is it for the Kejriwal government to withdraw prosecution against those booked for theft under Electricity Act, 2003? Section 135 of the Act provides for imprisonment up to 5 years for theft of electricity and specifies that Criminal Procedure Code
 will govern the penal method to be employed by the courts. 

To withdraw prosecution, the Kejriwal government has to first send the cases to the public prosecutor expressing its intent to give a clean chit to those accused of stealing electricity. 

The prosecutor, under Section 321 of the CrPC, has to agree with the government that withdrawal of prosecution against the thieves will serve public purpose and that it will be in the interest of justice. 

Once the PP agrees with the government's decision, she/he has to make an application before the court concerned and truthfully tell the entire story behind withdrawal of theft cases. And then, both the PP and the government will stand scrutiny for the decision before the court, which will be the final arbiter. 

The procedure to be followed for withdrawal of criminal cases against accused was discussed by the Supreme Court in Abdul Karim vs state of Karnataka and others [2000 (8) SCC 710]. 

The SC had reprimanded Karnataka government for succumbing to forest brigand Veerappan's demand for dropping of charges against his comrades in exchange for matinee idol Rajkumar, who was held hostage. 

Referring to the deceitful manner in which the Karnataka government had taken the trial courts for a ride, the SC had said, "The public prosecutor has to be straight, forthright and honest and has to admit the arrangement and inform the court that the real arrangement is to ultimately facilitate the release of these accused from judicial custody by not opposing the bail applications after the withdrawal of TADA charges. The arrangement as set out above has neither been disputed nor is it capable of being disputed. It is well established that real purpose for withdrawal of TADA charges was to facilitate the grant of bail to the accused. In such circumstances, why the camouflage? Why is it not so stated in the application filed under Section 321? In fact, it is a deceit. These are the questions for which there is no plausible answer. No court of law can be a party to such a camouflage and deceit in judicial proceedings." 

Would it not be considered camouflage by courts if the Kejriwal government decides to reward those accused of stealing electricity on the expansive ruse that they were part of the people's movement against faulty metres? Why should the benefit accrue only to those who stole electricity? Can a public prosecutor, true to his salt, agree to such a decision? 

The court had in Abdul Karim case said, "It does not appear that anybody considered that if democratically elected governments give an impression to the citizens of this country of being lawbreakers, would it not breed contempt for law; would it not invite citizens to become a law onto themselves. It may lead to anarchy. Governments have to consider and balance the choice between maintenance of law and order and anarchy." 

The Kejriwal government must think over the message it will send to the masses, majority of whom had paid their power bills in time, by such waiver and withdrawal of electricity theft cases. Source-Times of India

Café owner faces jail for theft of £25,000 worth of electricity

united Kingdom
A MAN caught stealing electricity for 12 years – avoiding an estimated bill of almost £25,000 – is facing jail.

Tahar Hadjouj, 58, of Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park, has admitted abstracting electricity at the Paradise Café without authority at Blackfriars Crown Court.

He was caught when a police officer noticed the meter had been tampered with. The officer was taking part in a drive against the handling of stolen mobile phones and anti-social behaviour in Blackstock Road.
Source-Islingtomn Tribune

Electricity company officials found a small hole had been drilled in the meter to slow down the disc that recorded electricity consumption.

Inspection showed the main junction box had been wired directly into the mains so electricity used would bypass the meter. Effectively, no electricity used in the café had been paid for since 2002.


 Bihar Human Rights Commission
 on Friday took suo motu cognizance of news reports of custodial death of an elderly person arrested on electricity theft charges in Jehanabad district on Thursday night and sought an action taken report (ATR) from Magadh range DIG by January 28
The rights panel's acting chairperson said, "News channels on Friday morning reported death of an elderly person who was locked up atShakurabad police station in Jehanabad district on charges of power theft. The cause of death was reported to be police officers' misbehaviour with the man as well as extreme cold conditions prevailing there."The commission directed Magadh range DIG B S Meena to initiate an inquiry into the incident and its related aspects by Jehanabad SP and submit an ATR to BHRC by January 28, when the case is listed for next hearing.
                   Raising another collateral issue, the BHRC also asked principal secretary, home, to review the adequacy of winter protective gear, including blankets, available in police lock-ups in the state. "I have also asked the principal secretary, home, to order a review by the police headquarters whether police lock-ups are adequately equipped to offset the effect of biting cold in winter and take corrective steps, if needed," Neelmani said, adding the home department should apprise the commission about the issue on or before February 14.

POWER THEFT-Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal does a U-turn on power waiver, says matter under consideration

New Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwaltoday did a U-turn on his controversial 10-month waiver to power subscribers in Delhi, saying the matter is still under consideration.
In a controversial move, the Delhi Chief Minister had on Friday announced exemption for people who had defaulted on their electricity bills and withdrawal of cases against those booked for power theft since March 23 last year. 

Mr Kejriwal had made the announcement while launching his campaign against private power firms in the national capital who now face an audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

The opposition BJP had slammed his proposal, calling it anarchist.

"The move will spread anarchy," Harsh Vardhan, who was the BJP's chief ministerial candidate against Mr Kejriwal, said.

"What if we ask people not to pay their power bills?" Mr Vardhan said, adding, "Shouting slogans and governance are two different things." SOURCE-NDTV

Electrocution of Sophia lad highlights dangers of Power theft – GPL

The electrocution of eight-year-old Joshua Regis of Plum Park, Sophia, Georgetown, late last year was caused by illegal live electrical wires channelled through a waterway, the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) has said.

It said the tragic incident has once more highlighted the danger to life and limb that this practice poses.  The power company, in extending its condolences to the family of the deceased, lamented the increasing incidence of electricity theft and urged members of the public to act responsibly in reporting any instance of this illegal activity.

According to GPL, the prevalence of illegal connections, often done in collusion with persons purporting to be GPL staff, is the single biggest problem faced by the power company, both in terms of revenue lost, the overloading of the power lines and the possible loss of lives and damage to property.

Reports on electricity theft can be made to HOTLINE 592-225-5251. For more details on how to easily access legal electricity, call 592-226-2606.

Moments after leaving his home to catch fish, Regis, an Enterprise Primary School student, was electrocuted after he came into contact with an illegal connection.

According to reports, the lad, who loved fishing, was warned not to leave the house, but he left without his mother’s knowledge, with a bucket and fishing hook in his hands.

He went to a nearby trench where he secured a hook, but slid in the mud during the process. In an attempt to stop his slide into the trench, he reportedly grabbed and held onto the live wire and was electrocuted.

Source-Guyana Times

Kenya Power to audit 2mn connections to prevent Power Theft

NAIROBI, Kenya,– Kenya Power has begun a countrywide meter inspection exercise aimed at ensuring that customers receive correct bills, and at the same time secure the company’s revenue.
Speaking during launch of the exercise at Industrial Area, Nairobi, the company’s Installation, Inspection and Fraud Control Deputy Manager for Commercial Services, Thagichu Kiiru says the inspection will target about 2 million customer installations in domestic, industrial and commercial customer segments.

Kiiru revealed that the company loses about five percent of revenue every year attributed to theft of electricity and hopes to reduce the loss by one percent this year.
He says besides contributing to loss of revenue for Kenya Power, compromised metering equipment through tampering and bypassing has often led to incorrect bills for customers, and may lead to electrical accidents.
He also revealed that the company also suffers about 18.6 percent on technical/system losses per year which is being addressed by building bigger substations and re-conductoring of the existing lines.
“Our aim as a utility company is to supply safe, quality and reliable electricity to our customers all the time. It is therefore, within the legal and professional ambit of duty and responsibilities of Kenya Power as a company to carry out regular inspections to ascertain adherence to proper wiring and operational and safety practices at the customers’ premises,” he added.
The exercise starts with large power customers who are about 5,000 and contribute 60 percent of the company’s energy sales.
Over 50 percent of the large power customers are based in the vast Nairobi regions, with the Industrial Area and the Central Business District having the highest concentration.
“The exercise is destined to continue throughout the country after today’s launch targeting the company’s over two million installations. We will therefore send our inspectors to customers premises and we urge all to fulfil their contractual and statutory responsibility by allowing them to carry out their work,” he said.
The exercise will then go to domestic customers in the coming months.

The company’s security reports indicate that illegal connections have been the major cause of electrocutions and slum fires which have been on the increase in the recent past.Source-The Business and Tech

How to manage Power Theft and losses up to 69%-Load shedding ?

Nine districts of Maharashtra are facing loadshedding for up to eight hours every day due to production, transmission and distribution losses that are up to 69 per cent.
“Jalna, Aurangabad, Nanded, Osmanabad, Beed, Parbhani from the Marathwada region and Jalgaon, Nandurbar in Khandesh and Washim from Vidarbha are the worst districts with maximum losses up to 69 per cent,” an official from Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) said. The losses are not only technical or commercial, but also due to power theft and non-payment of electricity, which are the major issues in the districts, the official said.
It has been the policy of the government to carry out load shedding in areas with the maximum transmission and distribution losses. “There is about six to eight hours of loadshedding in the regions considering the highest losses, power theft and non-payment of bills,” the official said. However, in the rest of Maharashtra, there is no loadshedding at present, he claimed.
On a query if the government would be able to provide more power to the regions, the theft issue would not occur, the official replied in the negative. “Non-payment of bills is also a major issue in the area. So even if the government provides more electricity, there is no guarantee of the payment,” he added. The people must be made aware to pay for electricity, he said.
The state has an average of 15 per cent losses, while Mumbai has the lowest losses with 11 per cent where the distribution system and payment is good, the official said.
Ashok Pende, consumer representative at Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) said, “The government would need various approaches to tackle the different problems in order to make the state load shedding free in the true sense.”
 Source-The Asian age

Hyderabad tops Power theft list in Andhra Preadesh

Hyderabad: The old city of Hyderabad has the dubious distinction of registering the highest number of electricity thefts in the state. Electricity worth as much as Rs 252 crore is stolen every year.
“Though cases of power theft are found in other parts of the state, it does not exceed 12 per cent of the total power consumed in an area. Whereas the total power theft in the old city alone accounts for a whopping 47 per cent,” said Y. Nagi Reddy, joint managing director, vigilance and security, AP Transco.
“The power theft in SPDCL limits (Tirupati headquarters), NPDCL limits (Warangal), on an average is around 10 per cent. The lowest is in EPDCL (Vishakapatnam) limits, according to information revealed in an RTI request,” said A. Punna Rao, convener of the Praja Energy Audit Cell.
Curbing the rampant power theft in the area is a big challenge to APTransco officials, and one in which they are failing. Tampering with electric meters and bypassing connections are two common methods of evading payment
According to officials, the theft is rampant in South Circle areas, including Barkas, Kazipura, Chandrayangutta, Edibazar, Hasan Nagar, Pahade Shareef, Mehdipatnam and other slums surrounding the Charminar.
“Most houses in these areas have tampered with the electricity meter or bypassed connections. And they don’t use just basic electricity equipment like light, fan and TV; most of them have electric heaters for cooking, and air-conditioners. Since the equipment is substandard, the power they consume is much higher,” said A. Ramakrishna, SE DPE, CPDCL.
Power officials say they are physically intimidated if they try to rectify the meters.
“Our linemen and inspectors are terrorised. In many cases they have been manhandled and assaulted. Most of the meters are installed inside the houses and they do not allow inspectors inside. When we took up work to shift the meters outside the houses, there was stiff resistance. Police is unwilling to accompany our officials, claiming that it is a sensitive area,” said an APCPDCL officer.
Source-Deccan Chronicle

Homeless man charged with stealing electricity

STAMFORD -- A homeless man living in his minivan was charged Thursday morning with theft of electricity after plugging the extension cord that runs his heater into an outdoor electrical plug of a West Side business one too many times, police said.
Douglas Higbee, 56, of no known address, was charged with sixth-degree larceny and released after signing a promise to appear in court.
Sgt. Robert Shawinsky said just after 7 a.m. Thursday a manager from Advance Auto Parts at 305 West Ave., called police to report that a man was stealing the company's electricity.
The man told police he had warned the owner of the green minivan in the past that he would have to call police if he saw him plugged into the outside electrical receptacle again, Shawinsky said.
Police also found out Higbee had made the rounds of a number of other businesses in the recent past, but no complaints were made because people took pity on Higbee and were trying to work with him, Shawinsky said.
Higbee admitted to police he used his 1998 Chrysler Town and Country minivan to plug into Advance Auto Parts in the past and that he usually clears out before the manager gets there at 7.
Higbee told police he lost his home in a divorce.
Because Higbee's van was not registered or insured, police towed the vehicle, Shawinsky said.

Delhi-560 Cr.subsidy per annum, Power Theft 11%-Tata Power not Worried

India -Delhi-560 Cr.subsidy per annum, Power Theft @ 11%-Tata Power not Worried about tariff reduction

Tata Power is not worried about the 50% cut in power charges in Delhi from today. Their power distribution unit, called Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), serves 4.5 million consumers in one distribution circle in the city.

The chief executive of TPDDL, Pravir Sinha talks to Katya B Naidu about power subsidies and governments:

Is there a cause of worry that NDPL will suffer losses if there is a tariff cut?

No. The move is, in fact, good for the customers. The government will pay up for the gap with subsidies.

Will you receive timely payments of subsidy? Or, will it become a regulatory asset on the balance sheet when tariff orders get delayed?

We are already getting subsidy from the government for our customers who consume less than 100 units which is Rs 1.20 a unit and for those who consume between 201-400 units which is 80 paise.

The payments are always made on time, every quarter. We get around Rs 53 crore every quarter for these subsidy. After the tariff cut, the annualised outgo would be Rs 800 crore. Of this, we will get paid around Rs 250 crore every year.

Do you think that tariff cut is drastic, and it is an unusual move to cover it with subsidy?

All state governments give subsidies. Punjab and Uttar Pradesh give huge subsidies and under-write it to state distribution companies. The Delhi government paid around Rs 570 crore this year.

Will Delhi government be able to sustain power subsdies?

Power subsidy is a welfare measure which is given by states depending on their financial strengths. Except for Chhattisgarh which does not give a subsidy because it is power surplus and makes money from it, all others give subsidies. There isn't a single state that does not. Subsides are actually good for consumption.

Do you think pilferage will reduce as power rates go down?

We have already reduced pilferage from 53% to 11%. It is already the best in the country. There is no other distribution entity which has reduced this much, in a short period of time, as we did. We will continue to work on reducing power theft.Source –Business Standard

Power theft: Karnataka High Court relief for woman

Bangalore:India  A 37-year-old woman from Gulbarga almost ended up behind bars over charges of ‘electricity theft’, but for high court intervention.
However, the high court ordered her to pay the interest amount of the outstanding bill, to the electricity supply company.
A lower court had held her guilty under Section 135 of the Indian Elec­tricity Act, 2003 with S.379 of IPC (punishment for theft), while ordering her to undergo three years of simple imprisonment, along with directions to pay the fine of Rs 11,27,088 as loss to Gulbarga Electricity Sup­ply Com­pany (Gesc­om).

The court wanted her to pay three times the amount she owed to the power company.
The advocate of the accused argued in the high court that Gescom had issued a notice as a one-time settlement to compound the offence for Rs 3,50,000.
“When such a letter is issued by the respondent themselves, except for the delay on the part of the accused in compounding the offence, it ought to have liberally considered to accept the amount that is due of Rs 3,75,696.”
After conviction order was passed in the year 2010, the accused had deposited Rs 4 lakh. “As per the statute, fine prescribed is three times the amount of misuse.
The misuse is calculated at Rs 3,75,696,” the woman pleaded before the HC, seeking leniency to compound the offence at this stage pursuant to the Gescom notice.

Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh, who struck the order of the lower court, ordered: “Since an amount of Rs 4 lakh was deposited in 2010, even assuming that interest is charged at 6 per cent on Rs 3,75,696, the accused is directed to pay another Rs 20,000 towards interest amount for the remaining two years.”

The accused has been warned to pay the interest amount in three months, which shall be transferred to Gescom, to be adjusted towards arrears.Source-the Deccan Chronicle.

Power theft-second time in same month by Cable TV operator

Power theft-second time in same month by Cable TV operator

A person from Santhoshnagar was apprehended and remanded to judicial custody here on Saturday, on the allegations of indulging in power theft.

Vigilance and Anti-Power Theft Squad (APTF) of the APCPDCL’s South Circle slapped a case against cable TV operator Arif Ali Khan from Edi Bazar area on November 27, allegedly for tampering the electricity meter for a second time in the same month. The first instance of theft was discovered on November 16 and a case was booked against him under the Electricity Act, but his offence was compounded after payment of Rs.7,000, a press release informed. As the second offence is not compoundable under law, he was arrested on Saturday and sent for judicial remand. In both instances, meters were sent for testing and tampering was proven, they said. Further, the consumer’s consumption as against the connected load was found to be very low. The loss sustained by the company is estimated at about Rs.1.5 lakh in the first instance, and at Rs.1.2 lakh the second time. The central discom has been conducting a special drive against power theft, and booked quite a few cases against the second time offenders in the last one month.source-The Hindu

MLA booked in Power theft case

CHANDIGARH:INDIA On the complaint of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), an FIR has been registered against - an Indian National Lok Dal  MLA from Rania assembly constituency - and others for connecting the cables of consumers to the distribution system of DHBVN, by bypassing their energy meters in a Sirsa village.

The concerned sub-divisional officers of the DHBVN have complained to the police that the MLA and others have destroyed the incoming cables of the DHBVN connecting the meters of consumers to the poles, and instead connected the service cables of consumers to the Nigam system by bypassing meters at village Mattuwala of Sirsa district. The officials alleged that the MLA had tampered with the system of the Nigam, which is a violation of the provisions of the Electricity Act, 2003. The FIR has been registered inRania police station of Sirsa district.

The DHBVN has also filed cases of electricity theft against five consumers of the village. The penalty against the consumers is being calculated. Complaints against these consumers will also be lodged with the police as per the provisions of the Electricity Act.
Source-Times of India

POWER THEFT-Discom cracks the whip on power thieves

Hyderabad,India Two persons in Ranga Reddy district and one in the city have been booked under provisions of the Electricity Act, 2003, for indulging in power theft, and remanded to judicial custody here on Tuesday.
The Vigilance and Anti Power Theft Squad of the APCPDCL, acting in coordination with the Operations circle staff, registered cases under section 135 (a) of the Act for stealing power, against Kompally Ravi and K. Narayana, both residents of Keshavaram village of Shamirpet mandal in Ranga Reddy district, a press communiqué from the Vigilance wing of the APCPDCL informed. On December 4, during the special drive conducted by the Vigilance wing, both the accused were found tapping power directly from the overhead LT conductors, to run pump-sets for sand filtering.
Second offence
For both, this is the second such offence in three months.
On earlier occasions, their offences were compounded upon payment of requisite amounts.
After the latest instance, they were both arrested, produced before the Sixth Metropolitan Magistrate, Cyberabad, Medchal, and sent to judicial remand.
In another incident in Langar Houz, one Hussain Shah Ali, a Class IV employee of Nizam College, was booked by the Vigilance and APTF team, allegedly for tampering the electricity meter a second time.
In judicial custody
He was booked under sections 135(a) and 138 of the Electricity Act, produced before the Sixth Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Nampally, and remanded to judicial custody, the press release informed.
The APCPDCL has apparently toughened its stance against power theft, as evident from the recent spate of criminal cases being slapped on the offenders across the State.
Special drive
During the last one month, about 50 to 60 theft cases have been booked by the Vigilance and APTF wings as part of the special drive against habitual offenders, officials informed.
“We compound the offence upon payment of requisite penalty if it is a first time offence. If the person is found to be committing the same offence again, we are entitled by the Electricity Act, Source-The hindu

Privatised, but still stolen

MUMBAI:INDIA Police has informed the Bombay high court that it cracks down on individuals or entities involved in stealing electricity amid increasing cases of power thefts in the city.

Whenever Brihanmumbai Electric and State Transport (BEST) and such other power distribution companies, file a complaint under the Electricity Act, 2003, police immediately registers an offence and investigates it as per the provisions of law, said Ashok Jagdale, senior police inspector, MRA Marg police station in an affidavit.

The affidavit was submitted by additional public prosecutor Aruna Kamath-Pai yesterday before the HC which was hearing a PIL against power theft.

The PIL, filed by ex-scribe Ketan Tirodkar, alleged that during Ganesh and Navratri festivals, public mandals collect huge amounts as donations for organising celebrations and despite that, they are given heavy concessions in power usage by the state power utilities.

Since 2005, 10 cases have been registered in the MRA Marg police station alone. "In all these cases accused have been arrested and charge sheet filed before the magistrate," states the affidavit.

It says that whenever police help is sought by the BEST to raid or inspect suspicious places, adequate police bandobast is provided.

The power distribution companies suffer distribution losses to a tune of 15 per cent overall and 50 per cent in some pockets. These are mainly due to power thefts resorted by 'sarvajanik' (public) mandals during festivals, the PIL alleged.

Mumbai's power demand is around 2,600 MW and the power supply companies — Tata Power Company and Reliance Energy Ltd — are able to provide only 2,300 MW at present. Besides, the state is facing power shortage of around 3,000-3,500 MW during morning and evening peak hours.

The PIL demanded that special cells be set up by the state government to crack down on such electric thefts.Source-Times of India



Electricity Department files Power Theft case against five year old boy.

Electricity Department files Power Theft case against five year old boy.

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Power theft list- Dharavi, Antop Hill top

MUMBAI: Dharavi ranks high when it comes to power theft cases in the island city, followed by Antop Hill and Mumbai Central. 

The number of power thefts registered at Dharavi was 1,557 cases between 2006 and 2013, as compared to 1,261 cases at Antop Hill and 1,244 at Mumbai Central, the latest statistics released by the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport (BEST) revealed. In fact, the latest data pointed out that the number of cases detected for power thefts also rose by 400%. And, the increased vigilance along with huge recovery of fines/penalties resulted in sharp decline of transmission and distribution (T&D) losses—from 12.40% in 2005-06 to a record 6.6 % last month. 

"This is a national record as the T&D losses in BEST is the lowest among all the private power discoms and the state discoms," said a BEST official. He pointed out that the national average T&D losses for all power discoms were 20.65% in 2012. "With increased vigil on power thefts and unauthorized use of electricity, huge recovery of penalties and having special squads on holidays/Sundays, we have brought down the system distribution losses to less than 7%," he said. 

Said BEST general manager Om Prakash Gupta, "The decline in T&D losses has also helped BEST reduce its power procurement costs considerably. In fact, the direct amount transferred to BEST's account by the MERC as 'efficiency gains' has been Rs 157.55 crore, which has enabled BEST to reduce consumers' electricity bills by equivalent amount."

Power theft: More than 700 arrested.

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is reporting that more than 700 persons have been arrested and taken to court for electricity theft since the start of  the year.
The company is highlighting the ongoing struggle it faces with illegal connections. Keith Garvey, Head of the JPS Southern Region, stated that one of the challenging parishes is St. Catherine. It accounted for more than 100 of the total cited. Source-RJR News

T&D loss figures juggled, feels MSEDCL official

NAGPUR: Even as MSEDCL head office is furiously denying that it is inflating agricultural power consumption to artificially reduce transmission and distribution (T&D) losses, a top official himself slammed his subordinates for juggling figures. This explosive information has come to light through minutes of a meeting held on June 15, 2013 and convened by director (operations) Maroti Deore in MSEDCL's Akola zone office.

Deore reviewed the performance of Akola, Amravati, Buldhana, Washim and Yavatmal districts in the meeting. As per the minutes of the meeting, Deore observed that power supplied to Yavatmal circle increased by 40 million units (MUs) in 2012-13 as compared to 2011-12. However, only the billing of residential, commercial and industrial consumers increased by 13 MUs.

The remaining 27 MUs (i.e. around 70% of the extra power supplied) was shown as increase in sale to agricultural pumps. However, Deore told the local officials that they had dumped these 27 MUs on agriculture. This implies that a major part of the 27 MU was pilfered by consumers or lost in the distribution network. By showing that the entire quantum was used by farmers, the distribution losses were artificially reduced. Deore saw through this ruse.

In October, another damaging evidence on MSEDCL's inflation of agricultural consumption figures had come to fore. While replying to a Right to Information (RTI) query raised by consumer activist Ashish Chandrana, a MSEDCL assistant engineer had stated that his boss had given an oral order to inflate power bills of farmers by 66%.

Chandrana had sought information under RTI from assistant engineer (AE) of Morshi sub-division no. 1 as to how many farmers had applied for increasing their agricultural pump capacity between 2003 and 2013. In reply, the AE stated that only two farmers had applied. However, executive engineer of Morshi division had given an oral order on April 12, 2012, to bill 800 unmetered and 1,700 metered pumps of 3 HP load as 5 HP pumps.

Instead of taking any action against the concerned EE, MSEDCL told TOI that if any farmer felt that his bill was excessive then he should contact his local office. However, if the assessment proved that he was being billed on the lower side he would be booked for theft.

Consumer representative Chandrana charged that these were not isolated incidents of jugglery. "I had asked for agricultural feeder data of Akola and Nanded zones. However, MSEDCL did not provide me in spite of an order from VP Raja, the then chairman of Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC). If MSEDCL is not doing anything wrong why it isn't providing me the data," he asked.

Chandrana further charged that MSEDCL deliberately did not take photographs of agricultural pump meters. "This would expose the fact that they are issuing average bills even though the meters are working. There are hundreds of meter in Akot area that have the same consumption. This is just not possible," he said.Source-Times of India

Jail and fine for man in Power theft case

New Delhi
A resident of Pooth Kalan was sentenced to two years' rigorous imprisonment and slapped with a fine of over Rs 28 lakh by a special electricity  in a power theft case. 

Surender Solanki, of House No. 442 in Pooth Kalan, was convicted for power theft at his residence in December, 2005. 

The court sentenced him to the prison term under Section 135 of Indian Electricity Act, 2003, and determined a total civil liability of Rs 28,96,320 payable by Solanki under Section 154(5) of the said act. 

A statement by   Distribution Ltd said the fine imposed was to compensate for the losses incurred by the company due to the power theft by Solanki. 

TPDDL officials had raided Solanki's residence in 2005 and found he was involved in theft of electricity by sourcing the supply directly from power lines using single core wires from different poles, making it a three-phase supply. 

He was using electricity for the manufacture of items for industrial use. No meter was found at the site while the total connected load was found to be 95.94KW. 

Accordingly, a theft bill of Rs 36.20 lakh was raised against him, the statement said. Source-Business Standard

Three fold rise in power theft among farmers in 3 years

The number of instances where farmers have been stealing power in the state has risen three-fold in the last three years, between July 2010 and June 2013.

A total of over 1.64 lakh cases of electricity theft, worth close to Rs 100 crore, has been noticed among farmers in the state during the last 12 months, ending June 2013.

This is about three times more than the 53,444 cases registered between July 2010 and June 2011, figures tabled recently in the Gujarat State Legislative Assembly reveal.

Interestingly, the maximum number of power thefts among agricultural consumers have been reported from the districts in water-starved Saurashtra region of the state. In the last one year, 38,900 cases of power theft was discovered in Bhavnagar alone, which is the highest to be recorded anywhere in the state. Amreli (25,100 cases), Junagadh (28,400), Rajkot (18,400) and Surendranagar ( 18,300).


Over 5.64 lakh power pleas still pending

In a state where power allocation to the agriculture sector has been steadily dipping over the years, there are currently over 5.64 lakh pending application from farmers who have sought power for their agriculture needs.

The maximum number of pending applications are from farmers in Saurashtra region. Rajkot district has the highest backlog, where 77,480 requests from farmers are still awaiting action. Jamnagar (59,500), Junagadh (51,000), Bhavnagar (48,500) and Amreli (47,189) are among the districts in the peninsular region that have the highest numbers of pending requests, according to figures (as on March 31, 2013) tabled by the state government in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly during the recent monsoon session.

Apart from these districts, Banaskantha in north Gujarat with over 62,000 pending applications, is the only other district having a higher quantum of pending applications.(Source-The Indian Express)


POWER THEFT-Touts insulate Mescom from graft

iNDIA-Though the number of complaints of power theft and other irregularities are on the rise, the Mescom Vigilance and Enforcement Department says it has not received even a single complaint of corruption against officials of the government company.

In the past three years, official records show that not one case of corruption has been registered against Mescom officials. Officials say that this points to the rampant use of agents and lack of awareness of the vigilance department, rather than lack of corruption in the electricity supply company.

“Not many people personally come to Mescom offices for new connections. Instead, they use the services of electrical contractors or such agents to do this. And agents who have close connections with officials themselves are unlikely to lodge complaints of harassment or bribes,” said officials.

With no complaints, the department says it could not take action against officials. The closest it came to taking action against a “corrupt” official was in the case of a lineman in Bantwal who was caught stealing power on July 24.

“People are more likely to go to Lokayukta if some engineer demands money, rather than come to us. Not many know about the vigilance department,” said Vinay A. Gaonkar, Deputy Superintendent of Police.


The Vigilance Department, however, has its hands full with the rising violations in both urban and rural areas.

Penalties collected cross Rs. 1.5 crore each year, which shows a rising trend. Already, Rs. 1.17 crore has been collected this year, and this excludes the festival season during which power theft for stage programmes and community programmes drastically increases.

Largely, agrarian districts of Shimoga and Chikmagalur – which also come under Mescom – have a share of more than 50 per cent of the penalties, which is disproportionate to their population.

“In rural places, illegal pump-sets, thefts of power from the house to run pumps, or other sets,” said Assistant Executive Engineer Seema M.R., who is attached to the vigilance department.

In Dakshina Kannada, which forms the singular largest chunk of the penalties, diversion of electricity meant for residential purposes to commercial complexes, extracting electricity by bypassing meters, illegal extension of electricity supply to other houses/additional rooms of the house were among the most common violations, said officials.SOURCE-THE HINDU


Call it an advantage of e-governance or the mobile revolution in the State. At least four erring engineers have been placed under suspension after true information which landed in the message box of the mobile phone of Energy Secretary Pradep Kumar Jena, who immediately alerted the CESU and the OERC.
 The power distribution companies (Discoms) are suffering huge losses on account of pilferage of electricity. To curb the menace, theft detection drives are being launched at several industrial locations by distribution franchisee Enzen in association with the CESU. In the processes, Enzen and CESU caught hold of Balaji Melters, Pallahara, a large industrial consumer who was indulging in direct theft of electricity by bypassing the metering unit. The complete metering arrangement was inspected by CESU and Enzen engineers on October 26.
 FIRs were lodged by against Balaji Melters at the Pallahara police station and the Energy police station, Angul. The penal amount assessed on account of this theft amounts to `28.54 lakh. On account of this, Enzen has terminated its two officials from services. SOURCE-THE PIONEER 

SA needs tougher laws on electricity theft

Johannesburg, South Africa — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 26 October 2010 – South Africa needs tougher laws on electricity theft to curb a steadily growing practice that is costing the country R4.4 billion rand a year in lost revenue, according to industry officials.


They pointed out that the country would face power shortages from 2011 to 2016 unless measures were taken to generate more electricity, but also emphasised that electricity theft remained a major concern.

“Government is in the process of reviewing legislation to enable law enforcers to prosecute those stealing electricity,” public enterprise minister Barbara Hogan said at the launch of a national campaign against electricity theft.

Brian Dames, chief executive of state-owned power utility Eskom said current laws did not treat theft of electricity as a serious crime and offenders only faced minor penalties. “We need to strengthen the legislative environment “’we have not been able to prosecute people for theft of electricity,” he added.

Dames said electricity theft affected the stability of the national grid and could contribute to rising tariffs.

Eskom “’ which supplies 95% of the country’s power and 45% of Africa’s electricity “’ is on a massive capacity building programme to boost electricity generation in the country and avoid a repeat of the 2008 power crisis which shut down mines and other industries.

Power squads to stop pilferage during festival Minati Singha, TNN Oct 8, 2013, 03.17AM IST Tags: Puja Pandals|Central Electricity Supply Utility BHUBANESWAR: The Central Electricity Supply Utility (

BHUBANESWAR: The Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU) has formed over 30 power squads to conduct random checks in Puja pandals, with an aim to stop power pilferage during the festival.
During the festival, puja mandaps, shops and even big business establishments are decked up with bright lights. But, CESU sources said, all these glitters impose huge burden on the electricity supplier. In many cases, puja pandals availed unauthorized electricity by means of hooking, illegal abstraction from the supply system in a haphazard and non-technical manner, for which transformers lead to failure causing darkness to the entire locality.source-times of india

Power Theft--TNEB says details of parties stealing power are a secret

CHENNAI: We all know that political parties, while organising roadside meetings, illegally draw power from the public lines. But, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) says the details of such power thefts is a secret.
In reply to a second appeal on an RTI application filed by TOI seeking details of political parties found to be at fault, the board said the information cannot be divulged. For long TNEB tried to stonewall the query, but after the second appeal, the public information officer denied the information citing Section 8 (f, g) of the RTI Act. For the record, the section says that information can be denied if the disclosure will endanger the safety of any person or it affects the investigation.
In Chennai, generators are rarely used for public meetings organised by political parties. The reason: Party workers hook on to the nearest transformer and draw electricity for the sound and light systems. This causes huge loss for the TNEB, but the board officials don't appear to be keen on cracking down on such elements even during times of power crises.
Experts say the denial of information under RTI was to protect political parties involved in power theft. An average public meeting of a political party, which uses several illuminated cut-outs and halogen lamps, consumes about 100 kilowatts of electricity. Off the record, TNEB officials say political parties, slum dwellers and some industries are responsible for a majority of power thefts in the state.-SOURCE-TIMES OF INDIA

Discoms are haughty: Delhi consumer forum

Discoms are "haughty" and "revel in harassing customers," the State Consumer Commission has held, while dismissing BSES Yamuna's plea against an order directing it to refund excess power charges it had "coerced" a lady doctor into paying for alleged theft of electricity. 

"Electricity department is a welfare department and is supposed to provide necessary facilities without disruption, but functioning of the appellant/opposite party (BSES Yamuna) shows that they have scant regard for welfare of the society and their attitude is that of being hot-headed and haughty and they seem to revel in harassing customers. 

"It is high time they change their attitude and realise that they are supposed to provide hassle-free service. The case in hand provides an example of such attitude," a bench presided by Justice Barkat Ali Zaidi said. 

The bench confirmed the order of the district consumer forum, which had absolved the complainant Nirmala Joseph of theft charges and held that the discom had coerced her into paying Rs 4,12,116 as power consumption and theft charges. 

The district forum had directed the discom to revise her power consumption bills and after deducting the correct charges from the amount of Rs 4,12,116, to refund the rest along with compensation of Rs 25,000. 

This order was challenged by the discom, whose plea was rejected by the commission. 

The commission observed "there is no theft involved in this case. The meter was taken away by the electricity authorities (discom) and they have not alleged that it was tampered with. After the meter had been removed by the electricity authorities, a direct connection was provided to the respondent. 

"The charges of direct connection were determined and paid by the complainant. Bills were submitted by electricity department on various dates for which there is no justification. The district consumer forum has detailed all those demands and bills and has rightly concluded the demands and bills were not justified and the district consumer forum was therefore justified in ordering reimbursement." 

The bench also rejected the discom's contention that there was a settlement with the complainant, saying there was no documentary evidence about it.SOURCE-BUSINESS STANDARD

Power theft: Sesco blasts rep for political posturing instead of helping


KUCHING: Syarikat Sesco Berhad (Sesco) yesterday expressed its disappointment with an elected representative for choosing political grandstanding rather than working with Sesco to eradicate power theft in the state.

In a statement issued yesterday, Sesco reiterated its zero tolerance for power thefts as such acts are a crime and would endanger the lives of the thieves and others.

“We believe it is wrong for anybody to get mileage out of the issue, especially political mileage.”

“Statistics show that power theft is still rampant in the state, and we urge all parties to work together to resolve this issue. As of August 2013, Sibu registered the highest at 25 per cent, Miri 18 per cent, Sarikei 16 per cent, Kuching 13 per cent and the rest 10 per cent. This resulted in total annual loss of RM70 million.

“We would like to stress that we have not directly named any person in the comment to the media regarding the recent statement on power theft, as we have received a lot of queries from many YBs (elected representatives) from various political parties.”

On the allegation of being ‘high-handed’ by disconnecting power supply to its clients when they failed to pay the amount due without going through proper legal means, Sesco clarified this is allowed under Section 33A (3) of the Electricity Ordinance.

Under the ordinance, the licensee (Sesco) is allowed to discontinue supply of energy to the consumer if the amount is not paid by the consumer. Sesco, on their part, gives ample disconnection reminder notices prior to carrying out physical disconnection of electricity supply on the premise.

“We strongly advise our customers to approach Sesco for any billing queries. Sesco has Arrears Appeal Process in place to answer customers’ queries on any arrears bills. During the arrears appeal interview, customers will be explained on the arrears computation period and method and evidence of irregularities detected.”

Customer privacy is a priority for Sesco, and under the protection of the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA), these cases should not be discussed publicly or through any third party.

It also revealed that so far this year, Sesco approved 149 out of 254 appeals and this equates to almost half. Those that were not approved were caused by lack of supporting documentations to justify their cases.SOURCE-BORNEO ONLINE

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Haryana cracks whip against power theft, lodges 8,951 FIRs

In order to ensure maximum recovery of electricity bill dues and minimise power theft, the Haryana power discoms, including Uttar Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) and Dakshin Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), has registered as many as 8,951 criminal cases against people who are allegedly indulging in power thefts till September 15.

"The discoms have intensified drive against power theft and lodged 8,951 FIRs at the Irrigation and Power Police Stations from January to September this year. In order to regularise kundi connections, the discoms will hold open darbars in the villages from October 3. It has been decided to give on-the-spot connections to domestic category applicants. The formalities like submission of application and agreement form, test report and other documents will be completed to avoid delay. However, the new connection will not be given to the defaulting consumers," said one of the state government's spokesperson.

Meanwhile, under the loss reduction plan, the discoms have also decided to fix feeder wise loss reduction targets to minimise the aggregated technical and commercial losses in the state. The targets will be fixed depending on the category of consumers being fed from the feeders.
"The targets of loss reduction for independent industrial feeders, urban feeders, mixed urban feeders, rural domestic feeders and industrial feeders will be different and fixed on the basis of consumer-base. The discoms have been directed to complete 100 per cent consumer indexing in the state up to September 30. This will help identification of consumers on all feeders"

MSEB's bright idea to curb power theft


In order to curb procurement of electricity via illegal means during the recently concluded Ganeshotsav in the satellite city, the Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) provided the mandals with electricity at a cheaper rate throughout the festival. MSEB officials said their method worked and its success could be gauged by the fact that this year the number of temporary connections acquired during the fest went up to almost 340

Moreover, the MSEB had formed Damini Pathak, an all-women’s team, in 2010 to unearth and put an end to power theft. Two security personnel and the superintendent of the region always accompany the team during its visits to various areas in Navi Mumbai. “We regularly conduct random checks from Airoli to Panvel,” said one of the team members.
MSEB officials said the primary reason an all-women’s team was set up because there had been several instances in the past wherein male officials were manhandled by the accused when they had gone to verify the authenticity of their connections. SOURCE-MID DAY


11 persons arrested for allegedly stealing electricity
ONE female manager and 10 other Portland residents were arrested last Friday for allegedly abstracting electricity in an operation mounted by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) and backed by the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF).
The 11 persons arrested were from the district of Skibo and the Royal Mall in Port Antonio where the female manager was charged with seven counts of stealing electricity.

SCF Assistant Commandant Winston Browning said four persons were held by his team in Skibo after they spotted four illegal connections. Acting on a tip, they proceeded to the Royal Mall where they saw seven illegal connections and arrested seven persons for abstracting electricity.
Some of the arrested persons were additionally charged with illegal possession of ganja and dealing in ganja.
"A court date will be set and these people will be placed before the court where they will answer charges. We will not relent in the fight against these illegal connections," declared Browning. "We will support the Jamaica Public Service technical team and try our very best to get rid of all the culprits, put them before the court and let them answer to charges and pay the price."
Browning said the team was taking a zero-tolerance approach to crime-fighting and would apply the law wherever breaches were taking place. He noted that earlier 13 persons
were arrested for allegedly stealing electricity, and one man held for illegal possession of a firearm in the St Margaret's Bay area.

Royal Mall where seven persons were arrested for allegedly abstracting electricity illegally (PHOTO: EVERARD OWEN)

Pregnant woman beaten up by Bandra goons for reporting Power Theft

A 34-year-old pregnant woman was assaulted twice on consecutive days by goons in Bandra after she caught them stealing electricity. Nilofer Qureshi, a resident of Behrampada in Bandra (E) began to click pictures of local thug, and three of his accomplices when she spotted them stealing electricity on Wednesday. 

Seeing her, the four men dropped what they were doing and assaulted Qureshi, who is seven months pregnant. Undeterred, Qureshi went to the police to get an FIR registered against the four thugs. To her shock, however, the police refused to register a case and told her to file a noncognisable complaint instead. 

When the men found out that she had approached the police, they assaulted her again the next day, in full view of the local residents. She was kicked and pushed to the ground and left in such a bad shape she could not get up. Her aunt rushed her to a local clinic but when her medical condition took a turn for the worse and it was discovered that her baby had stopped moving, she was shifted to Bhabha hospital. 

"The cops did not take my case seriously and on the very next day they (thugs) assaulted me again,"said Qureshi

She said, "I was told that the baby had turned around inside and I needed to spend another six days here. I want my kid to be normal and the cops to arrest all the accused who have been roaming free in the area. Thrice the cops have visited the hospital, but no action has been taken so far." 

Qureshi's condition had improved. Medical Superintendent Prakash Jadhav said: "She is better now and stable too. She will be discharged soon." But the police apathy bothers her. "It is a property matter," is all an officer from Bandra police station would say. Abhay Shastri, senior police inspector at the police station, was not available for comment.

Power theft: Two arrested

NEW DELHI: INDIA :Two thieves were arrested on Tuesday while they were trying to steal a 100 kVA distribution transformer belonging to the BSES in east Delhi's Mandoli area. According to BYPL officials, the duo had managed to disconnect the 700kg transformer and load it in a truck before police were alerted. The discom claimed even the truck drivers were unaware of the plan.SOURCE-TIMES OF INDIA

Powercom dept move to replace meters strongly opposed

Tension mounted in Fatehgarh Churrian town here today after residents protested against the move of Powercom department to replace old electricity meters with new ones to reduce Power theft.

Police teams held flag march in the town as tension prevailed with around 17 farmers' organisations extending support to the residents. 

The problem started two days back when a Powercom department team went to Sukh Sagar Colony and tried to remove old electricity meters, but the residents allegedly attacked them and forced them out of the area, police said. 

The residents have reportedly reinstalled the old meters, they said. 

Police today arrested more than four dozens activists of the farmers' organisations who had extended support to the residents. 

Powercom department Executive Engineer Raghubir Singh said the entire process of replacing the electricity meters would take three days and if any person tried to tamper with the meters, he/she would be booked under the provisions of the Power Supply Act, 2003.SOURCE-BUSINESS STANDARD

Bihar power companies lodge 4000 FIRs of power theft

BIHAR,INDIA The Power companies in  have launched a massive operation against electricity theft that is incurring a loss of around 35 per cent and lodged  against atleast 4000 defaulters.

A total of 4000 FIRs were lodged against defaulters across the state after raids last month, H R Panday, Deputy General Manager (Public Relation) Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Limited said in a statement here today.

As part of intensive checking, even residences of power holding companies are being checked for  and meters installed where it did not exists, he said.

Pandey said during search operation, a head clerk of South Bihar Power Distribution Company identified as Kumud Sekhar and posted at Gaya was caught for meter tampering. The said official has been put under suspension and departmental proceeding initiated against him, the DGM said. He said that the state has been loosing revenue to the tune of 35 per cent due to power theft. The Power Distribution Company has been collecting a revenue of Rs 250 crore per month against power bills now. It has set a target to enhance the amount to Rs 400 crore in the current financial year. To make the campaign effective and successful, the North and South Bihar Power Distribution Companies Limited have come out with a novel way of promising a reward for providing information on power theft.

As per circular issued by the two Companies, if the information is found true, the informant will get reward any thing between the range of Rs 500 to Rs 25,000 depending on the volume of the theft.SOURCE-BUSINESS STANDARD

Tip off about Power Theft, get cash reward

PATNA:INDIA: In a somewhat novel move, the power distribution companies of Bihar have offered a cash reward for information about energy thefts.

The North and South Bihar Power Distribution Companies Limited on Thursday issued a circular, announcing reward for the power theft information given to the cellphone number 07763815032. "If the information is found correct, the informant will get anything between Rs 500 and Rs 25,000, depending on the quantum of the theft. The informant's identity would be kept secret," Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (BSPHCL) spokesman H R Pandey said and added the firm has also introduced an incentive scheme for its employees to reduce aggregate technical and commercial loss to the company.

The company spends Rs 600 crore per month as cost of purchasing power, maintaining establishment and servicing interest of its loans, but its revenue collection is worth only Rs 250 crore per month. It has now set a target of collecting revenue worth Rs 400 crore per month in the current financial year. The government also increased its subsidy to BSPHCL from Rs 180 crore to Rs 200 crore per month with a view to enhancing its power purchasing capacity.

FIRs were recently lodged recently against four government officers residing in official flats in connection with power theft. Last month, a special task force of South Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited raided four government officers' flats on Bailey Road, found them consuming power in an illegal manner and imposed fine on them.SOURCE-TIMES OF INDIA


Heightened vigil by the Kerala State Electricity Board’s (KSEB) Anti-Power Theft Squads (APTS) has helped unearth Rs 16-crore worth of power theft and irregularities during the first five months of the 2013-14 financial year. The total assessment made during the last financial year was Rs 25.10 crore.

Majority of the irregularities are in the domestic tariff category, but misuse of agriculture connections - where the tariff is extremely low - is rampant, KSEB chief vigilance officer N Ramachandran said. “This is true for districts such as Palakkad and Alappuzha,” he said.

Encouraged by the results from April to August, the Squads have set themselves an assessment target of Rs 35 crore for 2013-14. The KSEB has 13 APTSs, including a shared one for Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta and one each for the others. Each squad has an assistant executive engineer, an assistant engineer, a sub-engineer, a lineman and a police personnel on deputation. In the northern districts particularly, the APTSs are severely understaffed.

In 2012-13, the 13 Squads managed to expose 382 cases of power theft. Of these, the domestic category accounted for a whopping 276 cases, followed by agriculture connections with 62. Thefts in the commercial category numbered 39 and the industrial sector, five.

While assessments by the Squads run into several crores, actual collection of penalty is a different issue altogether. Many of the cases go to the courts. A sizable amount is collected nevertheless, Ramachandran said. Today, the KSEB also lays stress on equipping APTS personnel to handle each case flawlessly.SOURCE-THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS

Nine charged for electricity theft in Portland

PORTLAND, Jamaica -- Nine people, whose names are being withheld were Friday charged for illegally extracting electricity and offered bail in the sum of $30,000 each. They are booked to appear in the Port Antonio Resident Magistrate’s court on September 24.

And less than two hours after those arrests, the police visited an informal settlement near the old Port Antonio Marina, where they removed illegal wiring from five houses. No arrests were made as no one was at home during that operation.These recent arrests follow on the heels of a similar operation on Tuesday (August 27) when six people were taken into custody from the Berrydale area of the Rio Grande Valley, and earlier in the month when residents were arrested for stealing electricity via underwater pipes, also in the old Marina area.

Meanwhile, the police discovered a huge ganja plant along a footpath in Berrydale during that operation, but no one was charged.


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150 booked for Power theft

lice have registered FIRs against 150 people upon a complaint by the local electricity department for alleged power theft. 

Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd (PVVNL) had filed the complaints for alleged irregularities in the Loni area, which included cases of illegal restoration of power lines which had been disconnected for non-payment of dues. 

"We were getting information about such irregularities and had launched a drive this month to crack down on it," said SK Singh, executive engineer, PVVNL. 

"We are facing frequent power cuts in our area these days, lasting from between five to 15 hours. 

"We pay our bills on time but despite that, the electricity department isn't able to provide better power supply to us," said Rajni Mishra, a resident of Masuri area. SOURCE-BUSINESS STANDARD

Man gets 2-yr jail, Rs 81 lakh penalty for Electricity theft

POWER THEFT IN DELHI-Stealing electricity proved costly for a 50-year-old man in Delhi.

The man has been sentenced to two year rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 81 lakh by a Delhi court.

The court said, "deterrent punishment" is required in such cases.

Additional Session Judge Suresh Kumar Gupta convicted Kishan Badguzar, a resident of Delhi, for power theft on the complaint of BSES Rajdhani Power Limited that he had stolen electricity worth over Rs 53 lakh for industrial purposes.

"There was an indiscriminate use of electricity by the convict (Kishan) because he was aware that he does not have to pay consumption charges. Such kind of convicts should bear in mind that they will have to face serious consequences including conviction and imprisonment.

"The deterrent punishment should be imposed to make the theft of electricity a zero tolerance zone. To my mind, Kishan is not entitled for any lenient view," the court said.

A BSES team had inspected Kishan's premises in West Delhi on March 17, 2007 and he was caught stealing power by tapping the main service line of BSES. The accused was residing there as a tenant.

Sentencing Kishan, the court said, "There was a connected load of 113 KW. Electricity, being a national asset, should be used with care and caution. The power theft is pervasive in India which results into electricity outrages.

"Power shortage is also owing to large scale power theft leaving the people to sweat in peak summer. The tariff is increased at regular intervals."

He said the honest consumer is the ultimate victim of power theft as he has to pay the electricity charges on increased tariff rates.

"The power theft also results into loss to the state exchequer. Electricity theft is not only an economic issue but it is also a safety issue. The offenders are putting themselves as well as lives of innocent persons at risk by connecting naked wires...," the judge said.

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Man gets 2-yr jail, Rs 81 lakh penalty for electricity theft

POWER THEFT IN INDIA Stealing electricity proved costly for a 50-year-old man as he has been sentenced to two year rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 81 lakh by a Delhi court which said "deterrent punishment" is required in such cases. Additional Session Judge Suresh Kumar Gupta convicted Kishan Badguzar, a resident of Delhi, for power theft on the complaint of BSES Rajdhani Power Limited that he had stolen electricity worth over Rs 53 lakh for industrial purposes. "There was an indiscriminate use of electricity by the convict (Kishan) because he was aware that he does not have to pay consumption charges. Such kind of convicts should bear in mind that they will have to face serious consequences including conviction and imprisonment. "The deterrent punishment should be imposed to make the theft of electricity a zero tolerance zone. To my mind, Kishan is not entitled for any lenient view," the court said. A BSES team had inspected Kishan's premises in West Delhi on March 17, 2007 and he was caught stealing power by tapping the main service line of BSES. The accused was residing there as a tenant. Sentencing Kishan, the court said, "There was a connected load of 113 KW. Electricity, being a national asset, should be used with care and caution. The power theft is pervasive in India which results into electricity outrages. "Power shortage is also owing to large scale power theft leaving the people to sweat in peak summer. The tariff is increased at regular intervals." He said the honest consumer is the ultimate victim of power theft as he has to pay the electricity charges on increased tariff rates. "The power theft also results into loss to the state exchequer. Electricity theft is not only an economic issue but it is also a safety issue. The offenders are putting themselves as well as lives of innocent persons at risk by connecting naked wires...," the judge said.SOURCE-BUSINESS STANDARD

New disclosure scheme for faulty power meters-POWER THEFT

GURGAON: INDIAPower distributor DHBVN has launched a new voluntary disclosure scheme for consumers willing to declare their faulty or tampered-with electric meters and having them replaced. According to officials, this scheme aims to complement the ongoing meter-installation drive that the discom has been carrying out in the region, and to reverse the massive losses caused by unmetered connections in places like Gurgaon.

"Those who voluntarily declare tampering of meters or faulty meters installed on their premises, shall be charged a penalty amount reduced by fifty percent," said an official.

The disclosure scheme will remain valid for only a short while, with the last day of qualification scheduled for September 6, 2013. "The faulty meter that is declared will be removed from the connection, and a new electronic meter will be duly installed within seven days of the receipt of application of voluntary disclosure," the official said.

Curbing power theft in the district is also high on the priority list for this financial year. Earlier this month, the corporation had extended the deadline for the out-of-court settlement programme by a couple of months in the hope of bringing the sheer volume of power theft in the district, and the attached line losses, under control.

"Once this voluntary scheme ends, another campaign for keeping a check on theft cases will be introduced here," said a discom official. Faulty meters and power theft have together contributed to the line losses recorded annually in the region. A recent report on the distribution, supply, and aggregate losses in the electricity network said that discom's target this year is to bring down the line losses from around 55% to 28%.SOURCE-THE TIMES OF INDIA

Operation Khanyisa a success: Eskom

skom has recovered over R243 million since the launch of operation Khanyisa in 2010, the power utility said on Friday.

Eskom energy losses management programme (ELP) national project sponsor, Maboe Maphaka said other campaign successes so far included physical audits of 2.35 million meters, 112 arrests, and 60 court cases and convictions.

“These convictions include the first successful prosecution of two electricity theft suspects on racketeering charges, who received a combined sentence of 111 years,” said Maphaka.

He called on all South Africans to unite with those who had already joined the fight against electricity theft.

Operation Khanyisa is a national partnership campaign established to fight electricity theft and related energy losses in South Africa. SOURCE-BUSINESS REPORT

POWER THEFT IN INDIA-Top ex-bureaucrats washes dirty linen in public (Maharashtra Newsletter)

A former top bureaucrat charging his predecessor with stealing electricity has embarrassed the  government - especially as both the officials in question happen to be in the good books of Chief Minister .

The issue dates to Feb 28, when Rahul Asthana, on his last day in office as the head of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, shot off an angry letter to Chief Secretary Jayant K. Banthia, among other things, accusing his predecessor Ratnakar Gaikwad of stealing electricity from the MMRDA building's common connection to light up his own five-bedroom penthouse.

Gaikwad is presently Maharashtra's Chief Information Commissioner, a constitutional post.

"…On his instructions, the electric connections of his house were changed and connected to the common areas of the building so that consumption was shown as zero units and the bills were paid by MMRDA through the common area," Asthana said in his letter.

Gaikwad hit back by alleging deliberate attempts on Asthana's part to harass him and malign his public image. He also urged the chief secretary to take action against Asthana.

"In his reply to Gaikwad's letter, Asthana has stopped short of calling his predecessor a crook and corrupt bureaucrat, but came within a hair's breadth of doing so," leading RTI activist Anil Galgali told IANS.

It was through Galgali's untiring efforts and RTI posers that the sordid correspondence came out in the open.

Among other things, Asthana provided facts on how Gaikwad allegedly misrepresented facts and also used his influence as chief secretary to continue occupying his official residence, facilities and equipment nine months after his retirement.

Asthana recounted how Gaikwad spoke about a joint venture with a NGO on the ground that it would earn the MMRDA a profit of Rs.4 billion, while the reality was just the opposite.

Asthana said Gaikwad tried to purchase floor space index (FSI) at the NGOs disposal at Rs.100,000 per square foot - a wild figure arrived at without any pricing or tendering process, Galgali note, citing the official correspondence.

The MMRDA also agreed to construct a building for the NGO, besides the fact that the Authority was on the verge of violating its own rules in the matter.

"The whole proposed deal smacks of ad-hocism and financial illiteracy. The matter was brought before the CM, who ordered the item to be withdrawn from the MMRDA agenda," Asthana's letter said.

In effect, the deal, in which the MMRDA actually stood to lose Rs.4 billion, was cancelled by Asthana's alertness, Galgali said.

Asthana also referred scathingly to the MMRDA's "iconic" new office complex which came up during Gaikwad's tenure.

"…the manner in which the tendering was during his time deserves to be investigated. Contracts were split up to bring them below the limit of Rs.10 crore (within the power of the Commissioner), which was against all tenets of financial propriety," Asthana said.

Thereafter the main contractor was allowed the first right of refusal, the estimates were suppressed, contracts were split and only those below Rs.10 crore were approved, the design was changed mid-way under the guise of speeding up the work - which led to the original cost jumping from Rs.45 crore to Rs.110 crore and other lapses, the official said in his letter.

The Maharashtra government has so far kept silent on the issue but a senior bureaucrat conceeded that the exchange of letters had caused huge embarassment in Mantralaya, the state secretariat.

Guglani, on his part, has vowed to soldier on.

"These are very serious issues and it is the first time in the country that a CIC's past actions have been questioned in this manner. I have written to President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Governor K. Sankaranarayanan, CM Chavan, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar and Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse to force Gaikwad to resign in order to uphold the dignity and sanctity of this high office," Galgali said.

Thus, it's going to be a waiting game till one or more of those approached responds. Whichever way it goes, at least one reputation is going to be in tatters.SOURCE-BUSINESS STANDARD

Government to start new technology to stop power theft for Rs 875 crore


GUWAHATI: Facing Rs900-crore annual revenue loss byAssam Power Distribution Company, the state government today said it will implement Ring Fence System, a technology to prevent stealing of power at a total expenditure of Rs 875 crore.

The Ring Fence System will be set up in 72 towns along with the state capital under the Central government's Restructured Accelerated Power Development & Reforms Programme (R-APDRP

To stop misuse of power, mainly theft, we are going to implement an advanced technology-based system, called Ring Fence System, in Guwahati and another 72 towns initially. The total expenditure of the project will be Rs 875 crore," Assam Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi told reporters here.

The project is mainly Centre-funded and Assam government will bear 10 per cent of the total cost, he added.

"The project work has already started and we hope to complete the first phased in the next two years. With operationalisation of this system, we hope to bring down the state's power loss to 15 per cent from 28 per cent currently," Bordoloi said.

The government is very serious on stopping power theft and it may even consider bringing in a new law to punish the guilty, the Minister said without sharing any detail.

Talking about the functioning of Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL), Bordoloi said, "In the last two years, the company has added 16 lakh new families. However, it has been able to collect payment for power consumption from only 18 per cent of these new customers."

Currently, the stat-owned APDCL's monthly expenditure stands at Rs 300 crore, while its income is only Rs 225 crore.

He said if APDCL can bring down the power loss by just one per cent even, it will be able to save Rs 9 crore a month.


Curb pilfering of electricity during festivals: PILCurb pilfering of electricity during festivals: PIL

Ganeshotsav commences on September 9. The petition filed by activist Ketan Tirodkar states that there is an "increasing trend" by mandals to install parallel connections hijacked from "meters and poles" to satisfy the high-utility requirement of decoration and lighting. "The public bodies organizing Ganeshotsav and Navratri hijack power from electric poles, residential and commercial connections over and above the temporary supply granted to them for the festival," it states. It added, "Private consumers—residential and commercial—get hefty bills in many areas on account of such theft during post-festival periods." 

The petition states that there is no physical check carried out by the energy department's vigilance cell and its wings such as BEST and MSEB during the festivals so as not to "hurt" public sentiments. The transport undertaking and the state electricity board suffer distribution losses to the tune of 15% overall and up to 50% in some pockets during the festive season, the petition states. "Theft of electricity is one of the major reasons for heavy distribution losses," it added. 

Tirodkar's petition states that residents from of Parel, Lalbaug, Girgaum, Thane, Kalyan and Pune have told him that the mandals collect hefty donations and seek heavy concessions from the government for electricity usage. It states that during the hearing of a PIL in 2010 on electricity pilferage, the HC was informed that a special cell had been formed by the BEST and police to check, prevent and detect power theft in Mumbai. The petition will be heard on August 16.

Portland woman found guilty of stealing electricity using undersea cables

PORTLAND, Jamaica -- POWER THEFT-A woman has been found guilty in the Port Antonio Resident Magistrate’s Court for stealing electricity following the recent discovery of an illegal connection along the shoreline of the Old Marina in Portland.

She will be remanded in custody until sentencing on August 23.

 The woman is one of 261 people who have been arrested across the island for electricity theft since the start of the year, the power delivery company reported Tuesday.

In addition to the arrests, the JPS says it has also removed in excess of 113,000 illegal throw-ups since January.

“Electricity theft is not limited to any community, it can be found in affluent communities, inner-city communities, as well as in large and small businesses right across the island,” said JPS director for regional operations, Omar Sweeney.

“One of our challenges is that persons are finding more creative and sophisticated ways to steal electricity. We have found illegal lines buried in walls, under roads, and even under the sea. Persons are tampering with their meters and using expensive devices to divert electricity and bypass the meters,” he added.

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Supreme Court grants relief in Power theft case

INDIA.The Hon’ble Supreme Court pronounced a recent judgment on 25 June 2013 wherein it has provided relief to those who are facing Power theft cases. The Supreme Court declared that in any pending case related to the power theft, such consumer’s electricity supply cannot be disconnected. Justice AK Patnaik while heading the Vacation bench ordered the BSES to restore Power supply within 48 hours at the premises of the concerned consumer /aggrieved who is a resident atVasant kunj, New Delhi. The court said that it was the duty of the Power company to supply electricity to all owners in all premises.

On the issue, of the power company’s refusal to grant a meter connection in the name of the consumer, as the consumer was not the owner of the premises, but was facing such a situation from 2010 and whose power was disconnected, the court clarified that power should be restored in the new consumer’s name, event if the original consumer did not want the connection subject to formalities and payment by the New consumer.

The Supreme Court further stated that “If a landlord does not pay up, the tenant has to be given power connection. We don’t want any dispute to come in the way of supply of electricity”. The court observed that-section 43 of the electricity Act obliges a power company to supply electricity to an owner or an occupier on request.SOURCE-ASSOCIATION OF CORPORATE COUNSEL

ower theft: Online registration results in manifold increase in the registration of cases

CHANDIGARH:INDIA Online registration of First Information Report (FIR) against the persons involved in theft of electricity is gaining momentum in the State and as many as 4321FIRs have been registered by the Irrigation and Power police stations since January, 2013.

While informing this here today, the chairman and managing director, UHBVN and DHBVN, Devender Singh said that 2255 FIRs had been registered in the month of July alone, which is over 50 per cent of the FIRs registered during the last seven months. Earlier 99, 102, 111, 87, 494 and 1173 FIRs were registered in the month of January, February, March, April, May and June respectively.

He said that the vigilance and enforcement wing has imparted training to the sub divisional officers of Haryana Power Distribution Corporations in the State regarding prompt registration of FIRs online. Instructions have been issued to lodge FIRs online in all the cases to avoid delay against the defaulting consumers or persons.

He said that the discoms plan to provide one thousand laptops and printers to supervisory staff for on the spot action in such cases. Minimum three laptops and printers will be provided to each operation sub division. A copy of checking report and the assessed amount will be given to the defaulting consumer immediately after detection of irregularity.SOURCE-TIMES OF INDIA

CCourt sentences 2 to RI for Power Theft

A special electricity  has sententenced two persons to three years' rigorous imprisonment finding them guilty of involvement in theft of power. 

The court also slapped a penalty of Rs 62 lakh on Rajesh and Surjeet, both residents of Nithari village in North West , for illegally drawing power, officials from power distribution company Delhi Distribution Ltd said. 

A case was lodged against the duo on the basis of an inspection conducted by TPDDL's enforcement team on July 27, 2006. 

The convicts were found taking supply directly and illegally by tampering with the incoming service cable passing over their roof near SKV School in Nithari village, the TPDDL officials said.SOURCE-BUSINESS STANDARD

POWER THEFT--COLUMN-Pot and your power bill: Kemp

POWER THEFT IN UK-----------(Reuters) - Cannabis farms consume an average of 12,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month each, 40 times the power used by a typical household, and account for a third of all electricity stolen in Britain, according to a report by the power market regulator.

Energy suppliers and regional distribution network operators detect 20,000 to 25,000 cases per year, according to the Office of Gas andElectricity Markets (Ofgem)("Tackling electricity theft" July 2013).

The retail value of the stolen electricity is about 20 million to 30 million pounds per year, but once overheads for investigations and equipment replacements are taken into account, the total cost could be double that, the regulator claims.

Some industry estimates put it as high as 200 million pounds ($301.3 million), all of which must be recovered from paying customers.

Estimates are imprecise because it is hard to differentiate between thefts and transmission losses.

In a separate draft impact assessment, Ofgem claims that current investigations detect around 16,000 thefts on domestic premises per year, 750 thefts on commercial premises and over 1,600 illegal cannabis farms. ("Electricity theft: draft impact assessment" July 2013)

Electricity suppliers are already required to take "all reasonable steps" to detect and prevent theft under the terms of their licences. But Ofgem is worried not all suppliers interpret this condition in the same way and that some suppliers may not be spending enough to detect and prevent theft.

Net benefits to an individual electricity supplier from detection and prevention work may be lower than the net benefits for the industry as a whole.

"Electricity suppliers are unlikely to have financial incentives to carry out theft detection and deterrence activities to the extent that is in the interests of the industry as a whole and of honest customers," Ofgem said.



Under the current system, each electricity supplier pays for the costs of generation and transmission based on an estimate of its customers' consumption in each half-hour period.

The shortfall between how much electricity is generated and how much suppliers estimate their customers used based on meter readings is spread across all suppliers and passed on to customers. Electricity suppliers, therefore, face no direct costs (other than missed opportunities to profit) from theft.

Moreover, once a theft is detected, the electricity supplier must estimate how much has been stolen and is then liable for generation and transmission charges on the amount, which it may or may not be able to recover from the thief, potentially leaving it out of pocket.

"Anecdotal evidence shows that suppliers do not always enter a reasonably accurate estimate of the volume of units that have been stolen following detection of electricity theft" into the settlement system, according to Ofgem.

If theft is discovered, the supplier has an incentive to do so as quickly as possible to minimise its settlement liability. If theft is not discovered at all, however, the costs are borne not by the individual supplier but by all suppliers, and ultimately customers.

In ordinary thefts, the supplier may hope to recover at least some payment through court action or by fitting a prepayment meter, in effect charging the customer more for future consumption to recoup under payment for past use.

But in the case of cannabis farms, the amount of electricity stolen is so huge from an activity that is inherently illegal that there is no realistic prospect of recovery.



Ofgem proposes introducing a more explicit requirement for each supplier to detect and prevent theft at premises registered with it and duty to investigate once theft is suspected.

The watchdog has also floated the idea of new financial rewards for suppliers who detect thefts, modelled on similar arrangements introduced recently in the gas market.

Suppliers could be rewarded with a fixed fee for each confirmed theft detected (with higher fees for large-volume thefts such as cannabis farms) to be funded by the entire industry according to market share.

Or an industry-wide target could be established with an "incentive pot" distributed according to how many thefts are detected by each supplier, again funded by a levy on suppliers as a whole.

In both cases, the system could be designed to be revenue neutral across suppliers as a whole. Effective investigators would gain at the expense of the laggards.

Similar measures could be introduced to encourage suppliers to admit and enter accurate estimates of the amount of stolen electricity into the system and compensate them for every stolen unit detected.

Under the proposal, suppliers would be required to pay for a centralised Theft Risk Assessment Service (TRAS) to pool data across the industry and from sources such as the police in order to identify the most promising targets for investigation. Suppliers would be expected to investigate all cases identified by TRAS or provide good reasons for not doing so.

Ofgem also wants a 24-hour theft hotline, a register of stolen meters and a forum for sharing best practices and improving coordination among the agencies and firms charged with revenue protection.

The introduction of smart meters, which Britain's government wants to roll out to every household between 2015 and 2020, should also help: removing some of the existing stock of tampered meters and giving electricity suppliers much more detailed consumption data, which can be integrity-checked to identify anomalies.

Despite the fanfare with which the consultation was launched, honest customers are unlikely to see much benefit. Thefts currently cost electricity customers an average of just 7 pounds per year, assuming the total cost really is as high as 200 million pounds. Cannabis farms cost just 2 pounds per customer. Bills are unlikely to fall by as much as that, since revenue protection costs will rise.

In the context of Britain's soaring bills to cover the cost of phasing out coal-fired power plants, investing in more renewable generation from offshore wind, and rebuilding the transmission grid over the next couple of decades, savings from improved theft detection will be a drop in bucket.

The biggest benefits are likely to accrue to law enforcement agencies, which will get extra help in identifying illegal cannabis farms.


SOURCE Reuters

Electricity theft costs consumers £200m a year

POWER THEFT-There are up to 25,000 cases of electricity theft every year, costing UK consumers at least £200m according to energy regulator Ofgem.

With electricity theft putting each consumer our of pocket and a third of stolen electricity being used to power cannabis farms, Ofgem is unveiling new rules to ensure energy suppliers tackle the problem. 

Stopping electricity theft

Under the new proposals, which Ofgem expects to put into place from next year, suppliers will be required to detect, investigate and prevent electricity theft, with fines if they do not follow the rules.

To comply with these rules, Ofgem proposes that suppliers will need to set up a national risk assessment service to help target premises where they suspect electricity is being stolen.

In addition, suppliers and network companies will need to create an industry code of practice governing how theft investigations should be carried out, and share best practice about how theft is identified.

Ofgem is also pressing suppliers to set up a 24-hour hotline so customers can report suspected electricity theft. 

How to spot electricity theft

As well as suppliers taking a more active role in preventing and dealing with electricity theft, there are things that consumers can do to help protect themselves. Here are things to be aware of and report to your supplier:SOURCE

Apartment dwApartment dwellers charged with Power theft: Richmond Heights Police Blotteellers charged with electricity theft: Richmond Heights Police Blotter

POWER THEFT, RICHMOND PARK WEST: The maintenance supervisor at Richmond Park Apartments reported July 19 tenants whom he had warned in the past, were again stealing electricity. The responding officer saw an extension cord stretched from under the tenants’ door into the hallway and into an electrical socket. The same officer had reported to the apartment on July 10 about a domestic altercation and noticed, and warned, the couple about the theft of electricity.

Both parties who live in the apartment unit were charged with theft.

Sesco: Shun electricity-stealing service providers



DANGEROUS: A plastic bag is used to cover an illegal connection. This can easily ignite a fire.

HAZARD: Burn marks due to an overloaded and tampered wiring system.

KUCHING: Sesco yesterday issued a statement reminding members of the public not to be tempted by offers to “reduce their electricity bill”.

With the upcoming festive season likely to rake up a higher bill, there could be people going around to offer services to steal electricity.

“Sesco strongly advises the public not to trust these service providers as they will tamper with Sesco’s approved wiring system, thus making it non-standard and unsafe,” said the statement.

“This is dangerous as it might lead to protection failure in the event of an internal wiring fault. This can cause electrocution to house occupants, damage to electrical appliances and fire to the property.”

Based on past experience, many of the tampering done was highly dangerous. The ‘service provider’ will use every means to steal electricity, and often tampered wire showed badly burnt marks due to overloading or bad connections.

Sesco advises the public to cooperate with their inspection teams as part of continuous meter inspection throughout the state.

Apart from checking the meters, Sesco inspection team will also check the main wiring to ensure it is safe.

The public can request for Sesco identification pass before allowing the technicians to enter their premises. If in doubt, call Sesco office to inquire if there is a meter inspection operation in their area.

Sesco reiterated that stealing electricity is a dangerous crime punishable under Section 33(5) of the Electricity Ordinance, and punishable with a fine up to RM100,000 or imprisonment of five years or both.

The public can give information on power theft by calling the hotline 082-443535. All information will be kept confidential.

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TPDDL intensifies drive to curb Power theft

  Distribution Limited has intensified its drive to curb power theft in its distribution network in North and North West Delhi. 

A total of 22 FIRs have been lodged in police stations at Jahangirpuri, Kanjhawala, Mangol Puri, Alipur, Narela, Begumpur, Inderpuri, Shahbad Dairy,  Nagar, Vijay Vihar, Rohini North and Bawana against those allegedly involved in direct theft of power, a TPDDL official said. 

The total load booked during the raids is approximately 166 KW and the penalty amounts to Rs 29.20 lakh. 

"We have intensified enforcement raids on power thieves and are focusing on errant industrial, commercial and domestic consumersacross our area of distribution. We also urge all our consumers toreport theft cases in their neighbourhood directly on our helplinenumber 011-66404040," the official said.Source-The Business Standard

hocking trend: Jaipurites devise new methods to steal power

POWER THEFT-Jaipur: India.Recent cases of electricity theft in the city have brought to light the growing and looming tendency in consumers for stealing power.
Officials of vigilance wing have registered at least 50 incidences of electricity theft and caught defaulters in last three months. They were stealing power by putting something in electricity meter or setting a device or changing phase of the meter.
Sources inform that the teams have nabbed small and big consumers (in terms of usage) in the act who tampered with power meters to reduce their electricity consumption and eventually their bill.
Notably, vigilance team had started a three-month drive to check incidences of electricity theft which had been on rise due to increased power consumption in the city, owing to the rise in temperature during summer.
Officials informed that people have been using new methods amongst which the commonest thing is to put a device inside the meter that artificially reduces reading of the meter.
A recently-caught defaulter in Amber had devised another method in which the meter readers had outsourced work of power theft to electricians who reduced the reading. Similarly, consumers in Jhotwara, Ramganj Murlipura, VKI area, Sethi Colony were found tampering seal of meter and manipulating power meter, said discom officials.
“The drive against electricity theft will be intensified and action will be taken on anybody who is involved in the theft,” Naveen Arora, superintendent engineer (city circle) of Jaipur discom, informed DNA. 
However, in all these instances other than the drive, there is no other action taken by city discom officials to keep a check on such acts.source-Daily Bhaskar

Consumer fora cannot decide on Power theft assessment disputes'

Disputes regarding assessment for electricity theft not maintainable under Consumer Protection Act(CPA) as there is no deficiency in service or unfair trade practice. 

Background: Consumer fora used to entertain disputes regarding assessed bills for electricity theft. But, a couple of years ago, the SC restrained the fora from finally deciding such complaints till its ruling on the maintainability of such disputes. In its July 1 judgment, delivered by JusticeSudhansu Mukhopadhaya for a bench headed by Justice G S Singhvi, the SC held that such disputes cannot be adjudicated by the consumer fora. (UP Power Corporation Ltd & Ors v/s Anis Ahmad—Civil Appeal Nos 5467 to 5475 of 2012.) The remedy would lie before the special courts constituted under the Indian Electricity Act. The consumer fora can only deal with complaints pertaining to deficiency in service or unfair trade practice. What are the implications of this judgment for the consumer? 

Tanesco probe reveals massive Power theft

What is the link between a cash-strapped power utility, two mobile phone firms, 1,500 base stations and unscrupulous employees? Plenty, if you ask Tanzanian authorities.

They have uncovered a racket that involves senior managers of the cash strapped Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (Tanesco) and engineers from two top mobile telecommunication firms, colluding to steal power supplied to the telco’s towers, thereby causing the government to lose millions of dollars.

At least 47 suspects and 34 Tanesco workers have been arrested after the firm set traps and recorded the evidence on video.

In the past, electricity theft was thepreserve of households. But it would now appear that mobile phone operators have learnt the tricks, and are now providing their own meters for power which is supplied to them by Tanesco.

The EastAfrican has learned that during the load shedding (power rationing) that happened some years back, mobile phone firms, which were generating their own power, installed meters to monitor electricity consumption.

But once the country’s power supply stabilised and Tanesco resumed supply to the phone companies, some of them colluded with Tanesco workers and retained the meters.

It is through manipulation of these meters that the firms have been stealing power.

General Robert Mboma (rtd), board chairman at Tanesco, told The EastAfrican that investigators had identified some of workers involved in the racket and that the company would take action against them.

Mr Mboma said that the Tsh70 million ($43,750) loss per month for every tower reported by a Kiswahili tabloid was an exaggeration, “but it is no secret that we have lost a lot of money and once the board gets to the bottom of all this, we shall have a more accurate figure.”

The former Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), who led the investigators said he had witnessed the tampering with electricity meters, including removal of seals.

Some of the firms’ stations had two different meters. In others, Tanesco meter readers were simply denied access.

Tanesco has been grappling with theft of electricity in addition to the illegal removal of (oil) coolants from its transformers, which have contributed significantly to its mounting financial woes.

Security personnel say a businesswoman behind the ring controls a network of crooks operating in Shinyanga, Morogoro, Dodoma and Dar es Salaam.


Anti-power theft squad launched

Anti-power theft squad launched
Kipili Sangtam (R) launches APTMS in Dimapur on Thursday. (Nagaland Post Image)

To curb the menace of rampant power theft and tampering with power network, especially in urban areas, the department of Power Thursday launched its Anti-Power Theft Mobile Squad (APTMS) here at State Load Dispatch Center (SLDC), Full Nagarjan in Dimapur. 

The newly launched APTMS comes with the strength of one platoon of armed police personnel headed by a deputysuperintendent. It will function under the office of Superintendent Engineer (Power), Dimapur circle. 

APTMS comes in the wake of a huge revenue income loss that has been blamed on several factors. It may be mentioned that the department of Power annually spends around Rs. 200 crore for purchase of power but in return, the revenue generated from consumers was to the tune of only around Rs.80 crore annually. 

The deficit of approximately around Rs.120 crore between purchase and revenue returns has been attributed mostly to rampant power theft and network tampering, among many other reasons. The net effect has ultimately resulted in huge losses in revenue generation. 

Parliamentary secretary for Power, Kipili Sangtam, who launched the APTMS, said that improvement of the present billing system “will be the top most priority” for the department. 

He remarked that most consumers were billed under Average or Minimum category. He also attributed the gap between revenue and power purchase  annually to factors such as-- power theft, through hooking and tapping, tampering, by-passing meters (in connivance with department employees) and disconnected consumers still availing power through illegal means. 

Kipili further informed that the government has identified and designated existing police stations in Dimapur as Anti-Power Theft Police Stations. 

He informed that the department will conduct regular checks with APTMS to identify and arrest offenders. 

Stern punitive action will also be taken against department employees found conniving with consumers to steal power, he warned. 

He appealed all the consumers to take corrective measures in their homes, work places, hotels, apartments, factories, mills etc. 

“A grace period of one month shall be given to correctly re-asses their power consumption load after which no one will be spared,” Kipili said.  

Commissioner and secretary for Power, L Kire who spoke at the launching here Thursday, said that APTMS has the seal of approval from the state Home department. 

He told newsmen that similar mobile squads would be replicated in Kohima and subsequently to other district headquarters, if APTMS in Dimapur proved to be a success. 

Kire said that a larger bulk of the “500 million plus units of power we purchase annually” gets consumed in urban areas. 

Concurrently, he said, power theft was also rampant in urban areas. “We spend more than 200 crores every year to purchase power, but our revenue is only around Rs. 80 crores. 

We are a public-welfare department so we keep purchasing power even if we are incurring huge loss. But we cannot afford to let this (power theft) continue anymore,” he said.

Kire said it was time for “all to come to accept” that the days of free loading power are over. He urged everyone to spread the message, “You must pay for what you consume”.

Kire also appealed the public to “understand the plight of the field workers” of the department and to be “patient” with them. “Most of them work 24 hours per day on fixed pay. 

They are working under very difficult circumstances and I appeal everyone to be humane with them,” Kire said.


Positive response from Chinese firms: PM seeks help to curb power theft, losses

GUANGZHOU, July 7: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asked a prominent Chinese company on Sunday to offer suggestions and provide help in curbing line losses and theft of electricity in Pakistan.

After arriving here in the third phase of his five-day visit, he held a meeting with Zhao Jianguo, president of the China Southern Power Grid (CSG). He told him that hisgovernment was working on building power plants based on coal, solar and wind energy as Pakistan was blessed with abundant resources.

The prime minister said he and his team had approached Chinese companies working in energy sector and received a positive response from them, adding that agreements with them were being worked out.

He said launching such projects would take time and they were working now on plans to cut down line losses and power theft. He sought suggestions from Mr Jianguo who said proper management and supervision coupled with application of stringent laws could be of help in this regard.

Answering a question, he told Mr Sharif that line losses had been slashed from six per cent to one per cent in China.

He said his company was ready to help Pakistan in addressing the problems of line losses and theft. Mr Sharif asked him to provide consultancy.

The prime minister said Pakistan was facing an acute shortage of power but the government had decided to resolve the issue as soon as possible. It had inherited theproblem because the previous government did not pay much attention to this sector, he said, adding that his government had taken several steps to solve the problem.

He said he had discussed projects in energy and other sectors during his meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. He also held encouraging talks with representatives of Chinese companies working in energy sector.

Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif told the CSG president that Pakistani people were looking towards the Chinese government and companies for cooperation in energy sector.

The CSG is ranked 150th among 500 Fortune companies. It generates 1 million megawatt and provides electricity to 33 million people.

Talking to Secretary of the Communist Party of China, Han Zheng, in Shanghai on Saturday, Prime Minister Sharif said with the support of China, Pakistan would cope with energy challenges which would subsequently strengthen its economy.

He said being time-tested friends, Pakistan and China had together withstood difficult times, adding that both countries would keep supporting each other.

Mr Zheng said strong economic relations between the two countries would bring their citizens closer to each other.—APP


Gov’t Sets Up Power Theft Court

Henceforth, consumers who engage in dubious practices or short change to enjoy electricity for free or without paying the actual tariff will be arrested.

The Attorney General’s Department has set up a Power Theft Court to prosecute culprits of energy thefts. This will include staff of the Electricity Company of Ghana.

Last year, 3,177 institutions and people were involved in energy theft. ECG was able to retrieve 3.8 million Ghana cedis from the culprits.

Director of Procurement at ECG, Robert Dwamena, says: “We are doing a lot that at least the power we buy from the VRA we can sell a lot.”

Meanwhile, the power distributor has reduced its debt to about 21.8 percent as at the end of the first quarter of this year.

According to a World Bank report, government and other institutions owes ECG about 222 million Ghana cedis in December 2012.

The power distributor says it is pursuing some interventions such as high voltage systems at Madina and Adenta all in Accra and Suame in Kumasi to reduce the debt further.


POWER THEFT-‘Shock’ for officials

HYDERABAD-INDIAThe anti-power pilferage drive taken up by the APCPDCL in Old City received yet another blow on Saturday when local people in Barkas area resisted their attempts to inspect the power meters.

Special teams of the company with the support of the police personnel swooped on the area on Saturday morning to carry out the inspections on complaints of rampant power pilferage and meter tampering.

Shopkeepers closed their establishments to avoid inspection and the impasse continued for a few hours. Later, a few of shopkeepers opened the shops after the authorities threatened to disconnect the power supply to the area.


“We wanted to shift the power meters installed inside the commercial establishment to outside for effective monitoring and replace the mechanical meters with electronic meters but the locals are resisting the move,” said Additional Divisional Engineer, Falaknuma, G. Nageshwar Rao. The police on their part made elaborate bandobust by deploying additional personnel in the area to prevent any trouble.SOURCE-THE HINDU

Door-to-door drive to curb power theft

Following the massive response to  the Haryana Power Distribution Corporations’ Voluntary Disclosure Scheme (VDS), which allows power consumers to declare the unauthorised extension of load without paying any penalty, the officials from the state-run power companies will go on a door-to-door campaign to ensure its hassle-free implementation.

 Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam CMD Devender Singh, while disclosing this on Sunday, said the sub-divisional officer and junior engineers of each sub-division will hold camps in villages in their respective areas where the distribution system is overloaded.

The officials will not only provide all the facilities for declaring the unauthorised extension of load, including the Application and Agreement forms, but will also motivate and persuade the consumers by telling them the benefits of the VDS.

According to Devender, there was sufficient power available in the state to meet the requirement of the consumers. He said that if there is any disruption to the supply during the scheduled hours, it is mainly due to overloading caused by the extension of load and power theft.


Special cadre of police trained to detect electricity theft

he Jamaica Public Service (JPS) says a cadre of police personnel has been trained to detect illegal connections. 

According to the JPS, the team will work in collaboration with its personnel. 

The JPS has been on a drive to crack down on electricity theft, which the company says has been seriously affecting its business. 

The company says since the start of the year, the police have arrested 130 persons and removed 98,000 illegal power lines. SOURCE-

Entergy tracks 5,000 cases of stolen electricity

(WMC-TV) - Most people pay for the electric meters that bring electricity into their homes, but there are a lot of people who steal for the same privilege.

Apparently, police find stolen meters during drug busts often. Entergy spokesperson Mara Hartmann said the latest numbers show electricity theft is more common than many people think.

"We had about 5,000 cases of stolen electricity. That might be meter tampering. That might be electrical theft of some sort, meter theft and so forth," said Hartmann.

Those thousands of cases are only from one county. Hartmann said electric theft impacts not only your bill but other services, as well.

"Entergy pays a franchise fee to every municipality that we're in, in the state of Mississippi, and that money goes to bridges and roads and parks and so forth. And it's based on the amount of electricity sold," said Hartmann.

Entergy, like most utilities, has a department that investigates electricity and meter theft. Those departments work with law enforcement officers who will often look for homes pirating power. Customer help is also appreciated.

"We encourage our meter readers, when they are out in the field, what to look for. There are a variety of ways we look for this because this is a very serious crime," said Hartmann.

Hartmann said those who steal are taking a gamble with their lives.

"If it's not hooked up, electricity is very dangerous. It's very volatile and you could hurt or kill yourself," she said.SOURCE-YOUR OXFORD ACTION NEWS-Entergy spokesperson Mara Hartmann said the latest numbers show electricity theft is more common than many people think.

Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Limited imposes Rs 6.50L fine on jewellery shop owner

PATNA: The Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Limited (BSPHCL), on Monday, slapped Rs 6.50 lakh fine on the owner of a famous jewellery shop on Boring Road for tampering with two electric meters.

BSPHCL spokesman H R Pandey told TOI that a team of the South Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited (SBPDCL) raided one shop of Alankar Jewellers on Boring Road and found that the meters were tampered with in violation of the India Electricity Act. After making an inquiry, the SBPDCL team imposed Rs 6.50 lakh fine on the shop owner. An FIR against the proprietor was lodged with the S K Puri police station


Electric company wrongly accused man of tampering with meter, according to court documents

A Port Arthur man says his electric company wrongly accused him of tampering with his meter.

Michael James Milson filed a lawsuit May 14 in Jefferson County District Court against Entergy Texas. electric meter

In his complaint, Milson claims Entergy wrongly removed his meter in August 2010 due to low electricity readings recorded between August 2009 and July 2010. An investigator purportedly discovered a foreign object on the meter disk that had changed the recording, according to the complaint.

Milson attempted to fight the findings in a complaint he filed on July 13, 2011, but the commission office referred the case to the State Office of Administrative Hearing on Oct. 24, 2011. A hearing was held on Aug. 8 and Milson applied for a rehearing, the suit states. However, Milson’s request was denied.

Milson contends that he is innocent of tampering with his meter.

“In this case, Entergy Texas herein can’t submit no evidence that tampering occurred at the plaintiff’s home between May 27, 2009,” Milson wrote in his recently filed lawsuit.

In his complaint, Milson does not specify what he seeks, but only says that he would like Entergy to “be ordered to appear to answer in all things as plaintiff is justly entitled.”

Milson, of Groves, will be appearing pro se.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, has been assigned to the case.


Third party can test faulty power meters

NEW DELHI: Power consumers will soon have the choice to get their faulty meters tested from a number of accredited independent third party meter testing laboratory.

Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) issued a notice on Thursday inviting interested private, semi-government or government labs having accreditation from National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL). NABL is an autonomous body under the aegis of Department of Science & Technology.

At present a consumer with a complaint of tampered or faulty meter has very limited third party choice with only the Central Power Research Institute (CPRI) being on DERC's approved list. Also, this lab is based in Bangalore which makes it less accessible to people living in Delhi because of which thay depend on the discom's testing teams and labs.

P D Sudhakar, chairman DERC, said that the move aims at instilling confidence in the consumers. "We were flooded with complaints from consumers under section 142 of Electricity Act 2003 regarding testing of energy meters in cases of theft, tampering of energy meters etc," said Sudhakar.

According to the order the labs must be equipped to test meters on the following scales-physical condition, including seal condition on receipt, functionality, accuracy, cause of defect, effect on actual recording of energy, reason for disturbance in recording of energy and analysis of downloading data.

DERC has asked the interested parties to give full details of their labs including income tax,service tax, registration number and copies of audited balance sheets of the last three years. Also, the details of work undertaken by these labs in the past.

Both discoms and resident welfare associations welcomed the decision. "It's a good move but it has come a little late. We had raised this demand in September 2011. But we are glad that finally DERC has decided to implement it," said Rajiv Kakria, member of NGO Chetna that deals with civic and infrastructure issues.

Loadshedding continues in east, north

Local faults and snags continued to cause power cuts particularly in east and north Delhi. Rotational load shedding was reported from Mayur Vihar, Ghazipur, Patparganj and neighboring areas because of repair work at the Ghazipur 220 KV grid which broke down on Monday night. The grid is under maintenance of UPPCL (Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited) which is expected to repair it by the weekend.

"This is constraining the flow of electricity to Delhi Transco Limited's Ghazipur grid, which in turn feeds electricity to Patparganj, Ghazipur and Mayur Vihar areas of BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL)," said a BYPL official. However, to fix the line DTL has extended technical support to the UPPCL. "A 220 KV 'jointing kits' and 'cable spools' has been loaned to UPPCL for fixing this issue," said a DTL official. BYPL claimed that the discom is in the process of diverting power from its Akshardham grid to Ghazipur to resolve the issue.


Two arrested in electricity theft scheme

Two defendants appeared in Redwood County Fifth District Court Monday to face felony charges in connection with an alleged theft of electrical power from the Redwood Electric Cooperative.
Timothy Dean Wertish, 42, of Redwood Falls was charged with one count of felony theft, and Terry Dean Johnson, 65, of Springfield was charged with one count of aiding and abetting felony theft in separate complaints filed by the Redwood County Attorney’s Office.
Both men were arrested over the weekend after investigations by the Redwood County Sheriff’s Department and Redwood Falls Police Department.
The allegations state the two defendants conspired to steal electrical power from the electric cooperative at Wertish’s home in Redwood County.
It is anticipated the two are going to be charged with felony counts for a similar scheme in which it is alleged Wertish stole electrical power from Redwood Falls Public Utilities at his business, Redwood Auto Sales, in Redwood Falls.
The county attorney is preparing and is soon going to be filing complaints against Debra Ellen Wertish, 61, of Redwood Falls and Sommer Dawn Wertish, 32, of Redwood Falls for obstructing and tampering with evidence in connection with the thefts.
The defendants were released on bail and are scheduled to make their next appearance in court June 17.


Ibobi govt takes up power reformation measures

IMPHAL: Chief minister OkramIbobi Singh on Wednesday told the assembly that his government has taken up several measures to reform the power sector to ensure smooth flow of its revenue to the government.

Stating that the state is incurring huge loss in this sector owing to unauthorized connection and non-payment of taxes by consumers, Ibobi Singh said disconnection of power for tax defaulters has already started.

Responding to a call attention motion moved by legislator Th Shyamkumar of opposition Trinamool Congress, the chief minister said as part of the drive against tax defaulters, 15 power transformers that fed them were removed from some areas of Thoubal, his home district.

Ibobi Singh said that his government is coughing up Rs 18 crore per month in buying power on a monthly basis.

The assembly also discussed budget estimates for the 2012-13 fiscal year. The chief minister said the department has already begun the prepaid meter system in several parts of the capital as part of the power reformation drive to ensure maximum revenue collection and check power theft. The system will also be expanded to other parts like Thoubal and Bishnupur districts, said Ibobi Singh, who also holds the power portfolio.

The opposition MLA urged the power minister to take action against the department's officials, who failed to repair a high tension power line that had snapped and fallen on the ground at a paddy field in Imphal East on May 24. This negligence of the power department resulted in three cows dying of electrocution, Shyamkumar said, adding that such negligence at in areas had also claimed many human lives.SOURCE-TIMES OF INDIA

Crackdown on Power thefts

VADODARA: Teams of Madhya Gujarat VijCompany Ltd (MGVCL) conducted extensive checking of power connections in Polan Bazaar, Signal Falia and surrounding areas in Godhra. Over 1,000 connections were checked by officials amidst police security in wake of high transmission and distribution losses reported from the areas.

As many as 56 squads of MGVCL had swooped down in the area to identify illegal connections and any tempering with meters. In all 1,180 connections were checked by the teams.

Officials said 29 cases of power theft were detected in the drive totalling to a loss of revenue to the tune of Rs 3.22 lakh to MGVCL. Officials said the accuracy of meters will also be checked rule out any tempering.

According to sources, MGVCL was witnessing major transmission and distribution losses in the western parts of Godhra hinting at power thefts. In the past too similar raids have been conducted by the power company.SOURCE-TIMES OF INDIA

Wholesale operator among 10 arrested for electricity theft

The female operator of a wholesale enterprise in Kingston is among 10 business owners who have been arrested for electricity theft in the Corporate Area and St Catherine. 

The arrests were made last week, as the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) continued its drive against electricity theft. The JPS says the business owners have been using metre bypasses and other methods to steal electricity. 

The businesswoman is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, June 17. 

The JPS says since the start of the year, several business operators have been hauled before the courts, following collaborative operations between the JPS and the police in western Jamaica; while it reports that three business owners in Manchester have been arrested for stealing power. 

The light and power company says since January, more than 77,000 illegal connections have been removed and 114 people arrested. 

Wholesale operator among 10 arrested for electricity theft

The female operator of a wholesale enterprise in Kingston is among 10 business owners who have been arrested for electricity theft in the Corporate Area and St Catherine. 

The arrests were made last week, as the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) continued its drive against electricity theft. The JPS says the business owners have been using metre bypasses and other methods to steal electricity. 

The businesswoman is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, June 17. 

The JPS says since the start of the year, several business operators have been hauled before the courts, following collaborative operations between the JPS and the police in western Jamaica; while it reports that three business owners in Manchester have been arrested for stealing power. 

The light and power company says since January, more than 77,000 illegal connections have been removed and 114 people arrested. 

Wholesale operator among 10 arrested for electricity theft

The female operator of a wholesale enterprise in Kingston is among 10 business owners who have been arrested for electricity theft in the Corporate Area and St Catherine. 

The arrests were made last week, as the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) continued its drive against electricity theft. The JPS says the business owners have been using metre bypasses and other methods to steal electricity. 

The businesswoman is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, June 17. 

The JPS says since the start of the year, several business operators have been hauled before the courts, following collaborative operations between the JPS and the police in western Jamaica; while it reports that three business owners in Manchester have been arrested for stealing power. 

The light and power company says since January, more than 77,000 illegal connections have been removed and 114 people arrested. 

Wholesale operator among 10 arrested for electricity theft

The female operator of a wholesale enterprise in Kingston is among 10 business owners who have been arrested for electricity theft in the Corporate Area and St Catherine. 

The arrests were made last week, as the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) continued its drive against electricity theft. The JPS says the business owners have been using metre bypasses and other methods to steal electricity. 

The businesswoman is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, June 17. 

The JPS says since the start of the year, several business operators have been hauled before the courts, following collaborative operations between the JPS and the police in western Jamaica; while it reports that three business owners in Manchester have been arrested for stealing power. 

The light and power company says since January, more than 77,000 illegal connections have been removed and 114 people arrested. 

Wholesale operator among 10 arrested for electricity theft

The female operator of a wholesale enterprise in Kingston is among 10 business owners who have been arrested for electricity theft in the Corporate Area and St Catherine. 

The arrests were made last week, as the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) continued its drive against electricity theft. The JPS says the business owners have been using metre bypasses and other methods to steal electricity. 

The businesswoman is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, June 17. 

The JPS says since the start of the year, several business operators have been hauled before the courts, following collaborative operations between the JPS and the police in western Jamaica; while it reports that three business owners in Manchester have been arrested for stealing power. 

The light and power company says since January, more than 77,000 illegal connections have been removed and 114 people arrested. 

Redwood County, Minn., charges two for stealing electricity

REDWOOD FALLS -- A Redwood Falls man faces felony theft charges for allegedly stealing electricity from the utilities serving his home and business, and his father-in-law is accused of aiding and abetting the thefts.


The Redwood County Attorney's office filed amended charges of felony theft on June 6 against Timothy Dean Wertish, 41, of Redwood Falls. It filed amended charges of aiding and abetting theft and conspiracy to commit theft against Terry Dean Johnson, 65, of rural Spicer and also of Springfield.

According to the complaints, Johnson is a certified electrician who operates and owns Springfield Plumbing and Heating. The complaints state that in November 2009, construction crews at the Timothy Wertish residence at 35994 Hunt Drive, Redwood County, cut the electrical supply line.

The complaints allege that at this time, Johnson altered the wiring at the residence so that electricity to a machine shed was not metered. The complaint charges that Wertish stole between $5,400 to $6,300 worth of electricity from the Redwood Electric Cooperative from November 2009 to May 31, 2013, that was not metered.

The complaints also allege that Johnson installed a second electrical panel and altered the wiring at the Redwood Auto Sales building on the 1600 block of East Bridge Street in Redwood Falls. The wiring was altered so that electricity to a 20-kilowatt boiler that heats the entire building was not metered.

The complaints allege that from Oct. 1, 2009, to May 31, 2013, Wertish stole $7,531.21 worth of electricity.

Both men have made their first appearances in District Court in Redwood Falls, and are scheduled to return to court July 22.


HC stays power theft case hearing in consumer court

Chandigarh: Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed orders by the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum (DCDRF) and a civil court in cases involving alleged theft of power in Haryana on the grounds that the matter was outside the ambit of their jurisdiction.

The interim stay orders were recently issued by HC in two separate cases opened on the basis of writ petitions filed by the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam. 

HC said that neither DCDRF nor the civil court had any jurisdiction to entertain disputes pertaining to unauthorised use of power and electricity theft as defined under sections 126 and 135 of the Indian Electricity Act, 2003. 

In the first case DCDRF, Yamuna Nagar, had given relief to a resident of Yamuna Nagar and directed the Nigam to restore power supply upon deposit of 40 per cent of the disputed amount. 

In the second case, a Civil Court at Ambala had directed the Nigam not to disconnect a consumer's power supply once he deposited 50 per cent of the disputed amount. 

The Nigam had registered cases of power theft against the two consumers. 

While staying the order of the Ambala Civil Court, Justice Rajiv Narain Raina observed that such courts were entertaining these suits and passing orders of injunction against demand notices, etc. Raised by the power distribution company. 

But such cases are patently out of their jurisdiction as per Section 145 of the electricity Act, the judge noted. 

Nigam sources said today that the interim stay orders would affect about 8,000 similar cases filed against the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam the two state-owned power distribution companies operating in north and south Haryana, respectively. 

The two distribution companies have asked their field officers to defend cases of a similar nature pending before various DCDRF and Civil Courts in the state on the basis of HC's interim order. 

Female wholesale operator caught stealing electricity

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A female operator of a wholesale enterprise in Kingston was arrested Friday (June 7) for the illegal abstraction of electricity. She is scheduled for a Court appearance on Monday June 17.

The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) said that in its drive to apprehend electricity thieves several business operators have been found using meter-bypasses and other forms of tampering to steal electricity



According to the JPS, last week Tuesday and Thursday (June 4 and 6), another five business operators in the Corporate Area were arrested for the illegal abstraction of electricity.

They were operating in the Windward Road, Birdsucker Lane and Mannings Hill Road areas.  Also on Thursday June 4, in St Catherine, four business people were arrested for the same crime – two farm operators and two bar operators -- in the Portmore area.

Other business owners who have been caught stealing electricity and brought before the courts since the start of the year, have included a car mart operator, a cambio dealer and an owner of a juice company – all in Western Jamaica.

Meanwhile in the parish of Manchester, investigations since January have revealed three bar operators involved in stealing power.


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PDD undertakes 'ABC' to prevent Power theft in Jammu

AMMU, May 31: To prevent the power theft in the Jammu circle the Power Development Department (PDD) is going to start Aerial Bunched Cable (ABC) system in the winter capital in coming months.
As the temperature is on the rise in summer in Jammu, PDD smells that the power theft may increase in the winter capital. Under Reconstructed Accelerated Power Development Reform Programme (RAPDRP) the department has now planned to start ABC system in Jammu circle, in which all the power distribution cables will be replaced with Aerial Bunched Cable (ABC), which will be fully covered and cannot be hooked for power theft.
The department has already started neutral cabling in the city, in which out of three phases only the neutral is covered.
The proposal of ABC has been sanctioned and the processes of the procurement of 1300 km cable have been started, but it be completed after the 100% metering in the Jammu Circle.
Gurbachan Singh, Superintendent Engineer (SE), PDD said, "To get rid of the overload due to power theft in the circle, the department has decided to start ABC system, it will help us to properly control the power theft in Jammu." "It will be completed within four months after the 100% metering in Jammu," he added.
In Jammu circle 60% connections are metered and 40% are yet to be metered. The department does not have meters as yet, as they are planning to go for Radio frequency meter, which can be controlled and read from the sub-division office of the PDD. The department had started the metering in the state with Electro-Mechanical Meters, then it was replaced with the electronic meters installed with optical port, which stores the data of the use of electricity.
Under RAPDRP the department also has a proposal to start High Power Distribution System (HVDS) in which mostly 25-100 KVA transformer will be installed to provide electricity to 3-4 houses. At present the department is providing 600KVA transformer for 100-1150 houses (according to the power load of the houses). "By installing HVDS, less people will suffer in case of transformer damage, If someone has the power load of 25KVA at home, the department will provide separate transformer to that family," said Gurbachan Singh.
"I think the way department is taking initiatives to stop power theft and collecting revenue, within 3-4 years, we will overcome the deficit budget of the department," he added.SOURCE-EARLY TIME PLUS

Losses in power franchisee area down by 8%

NAGPUR: Franchising out Gandhibagh, Mahal and Civil Lines divisions has finally started yielding some positive results, with distribution losses having reduced by around 8% in January to April period as compared to last year. The losses in April 2013 were 25% as against 33% in April 2012.

Vishal Sharma, assistant vice president of Essel Utilities, told TOI that the loss was reduced by both improving infrastructure as well as cracking down on theft. "After taking over, we laid 270km aerial bunched cables (ABCs). It is not possible to draw power using hooks from ABCs. Most of these cables were laid in outer areas like Binaki, Kamptee Road, etc where usage of hooks was rampant," he said.

According to Sharma, use of ABCs forced pilferers to obtain legal connections. "We have provided over 21,000 new connections so far. The pilferers are now using electricity sparingly, as they have to pay for it. The success of the project can be gauged from the fact that power supplied to the franchisee area has gone down in last few months as against the normal growth rate of 4-5%. But the billed units have increased, leading to higher revenue," he explained.

Another reason for reduction in commercial losses is replacement of over 60,000 old electromechanical meters. "We have around 4.25 lakh consumers, of which over a lakh were using electromechanical meters. These meters were inaccurate and did not record power consumption of zero power bulbs and some other electrical appliances. Moreover, all these meters had become slow due to ageing. They were also easier to tamper," the Essel official said.

Essel has also regularized connections of some 2,000 street lights. "These were apparently installed in hurry as they were connected to consumer phase. They were burning day and night and were not connected to any meter. Now, we have metered them and connected them to the street light phase so that they burn only at night," Sharma said.

The franchisee has also invested to reduce technical losses. It has already installed 147 distribution transformers and another 300 will be installed by next March. Two 33/11 KV substations, at Winkar Society on Manewada Road, and near Seva Automotive on Kamptee Road, are under construction. The augmentation of 33KV and 11KV cable network will also start soon.

The franchisee area has seen investment in infrastructure only after Essel took over. Spanco, the earlier franchisee, brought in only bare minimum investment. MSEDCL had not upgraded the infrastructure of this area for long since it was to be franchised out. As a result, the area has a development backlog of six to seven years.SOURCE-TIMES OF INDIA

Power department to check theft in six divisions

VARANASI: The power department is all set to put a check on power theft in six power distribution divisions under Purvanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (PVVNL), Varanasi. These divisions include Gorakhpur, Basti, Allahabad, Varanasi, Mirzapur, and Azamgarh. Managing director, PVVNL, Alok Kumar has directed chief engineers of all the above stated regions to take elaborate action to stop power theft in their respective regions and update the discom head office,Varanasi with the daily progress report. 

The MD also directed the officials concerned to minimise the line loss in all distribution divisions which is to the tune of 35 per cent at present resulting into huge revenue loss. The officials involved in the act of power theft, along with the consumers, should also be punished. To minimise the technical and commercial losses at every distribution level, 100 per cent accurate billing should be done and also load of the meter should be kept according to the demand of the consumer, the official added. 

The MD informed that the power department has started an elaborate operation to stop power theft and administrative and police support will also be sought for the purpose. 47 cases of (47) of power theft have been reported in the Gorakhpur region. 

Meanwhile, to ensure smooth power supply in the city during summers, the divisional commissioner held a meeting with all the stake holders on Monday evening. 

Officials from Jal Kal, municipal corporation, Varanasi Development Authority (VDA), and the police department participated in the meeting to discuss issues like replacement of transformers in bad condition, security of power sub-stations, problems of water supply due to power cut, damaged power cables due to digging of road by different departments. 

Consumers' backlash at UP power tariff hike

LUCKNOW: The power tariff hike announced by the UP Power Electricity Regulatory Commission ( UPPERC) has evoked sharp reaction from consumers who termed the raise unjustified and uncalled for.

"The hike will affect the domestic consumer as it hits our budget directly and will increase financial burden" says Sarala Trivedi, a housewife. "The power hike is unjustified. People are already facing rise in prices of essential commodities. Hiking power tariff would only add to the woes," said Beena Gupta, a social activist.

People blamed the state government for being short-sighted and not being able to control power theft or setting up more power plants. "The common man is reeling under high inflation due to failure of the Central government to control prices of essential commodities. Power tariff hike would be an additional burden on the residents so the price per unit should be decreased to make it affordable for middle class," said Dinesh Suri, a railway employee.

"Instead of burdening people with increased cost of power, government should try and curb theft and plug transmission and distribution losses," said K K Bhalla, a retired banker.

Some feel there is extra burden despite poor services. "The power supply is erratic affecting household chores. Besides, when there is power supply, voltage is low, rendering most of the electrical appliances useless or at risk of getting damaged. Are we supposed to pay more for such poor service," said Nirmala Mishra, a housewife.

Bhawna Bisht, a college student, said, "The common public will now have to pay more for electricity while power employees enjoy subsidized power. It is totally unfair."

HD Mishra, a retired engineer, said, "During transmission and theft, nearly 30% line losses occur. Ignoring these shortcomings, the government has hiked power tariff instead of focusing on regular supply and curbing pilferage."

Another resident, Mariya Zafar, a private executive, said few days back, the chief ministerAkhilesh Yadav said the state government had inherited a loss of Rs 25,000 crore from the previous regime of Mayawati. "By increasing the tariff, the state government is planning to recover the losses of crores from public. When we already pay a hefty sum as tax why should we suffer more," rued Zafar. Aman Mittal, a working professional said the government should first concentrate on stopping the wastage of electricity.

According to residents, the government should not only try to curb pilferage and theft of electricity but also relook at the facility to power employees enjoying subsidised power.

Domestic power consumers to pay 20-30% more from June 15

LUCKNOW:INDIA Your electricity bill is set to rise by around 20% to 30%. On Friday, the UP Power Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) issued the notification for revision of tariff for various categories of power consumers. While a domestic consumer will be required to shell out at the rate of Rs 4.00 per unit, up from 3.45 per unit, on consumption of up to 200 units, those consuming between 200 and 500 units will have to pay at the rate of Rs 4.50 per unit instead of the existing Rs 3.80 per unit earlier. From this year, the commission has added another slab of 500 units and above to the tariff structure. On consuming more than 500 units, one will have to pay at the rate of Rs 5 per unit.

Not only the per unit charge has been increased but also the fixed charge has been upped from Rs 65 per KW to Rs 75 per KW. This way a consumer with a sanctioned load of 5 KW, the fixed charge will rise by Rs 50 -- from Rs 325 to Rs 375. The revision, as per the state electricity act, will be enforced after 15 days - that is from June 15.

The commission also raised the power tariff for rural consumers. The unmetered consumers will be required to shell out at the rate of Rs 180 per month as against Rs 125 per month which was the case earlier. Likewise, the metered consumers will see their fixed charge increasing from Rs 15 per KW to Rs 50 per KW. The electricity charge will rise from Re 1 per unit to Rs 2.20 per unit. For bulk consumers the fixed charge has increased from Rs 50 per KW to Rs 70 per KW. The energy charge will rise from Rs 3.75 per unit to Rs 4.50 per unit. Significantly, Samajwadi Party in its election manifesto had declared free power to farmers.

The industrial consumers, however, have been exempted from the revision. Representatives from the industrial houses have been meeting the state government seeking no further revision in their tariff. They had their tariff revised last year in October by around 17%. Interestingly, the revenue recovery did not kept pace with the rise in power tariff and instead got limited to only around 5 to 6%.

Tariff revision was one of the key conditions for the state government to get central assistance under the financial restructuring programme (FRP) for the power sector. The state government had given its nod to the scheme conceding to the conditions.

But while the power tariff is likely to up the coffers of the revenue-starved power department, it is the issue of power theft which has been a cause of major concern. The transmission and distribution losses have been high to the tune of over 30%, in what exposed the callous approach of the power officials in dealing with the situation. SOURCE-THE TIMES OF INDIA


LUCKNOW: With the state reeling under an acute power crisis, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday summoned Sanjay Agarwal, principal secretary (energy) and the UP Power Corporation Ltd chairman, to discuss the issue. Sources said the chief minister expressed concern over the situation and directed the chairman to take further effective measures to improve supply. Agarwal is learnt to have apprised the chief minister of the steps being taken to improvepower supply in the state. After the meeting with the CM, Agarwal met senior officers of the UPPCL to chalk out an action plan to improve the situation. Sources said that corporation had decided to launch an extensive drive to control powertheft in the state. Officers said rampant theft was a major cause of overloading and recurring faults.SOURCE-THE HINDUSTAN TIMES

Additional load is not Power Theft


Regulatory commission’s decision to be lenient on domestic consumers who have not declared their electricity load has put the city’s electricity department in a tight spot

The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (JERC) decision to go easy on domestic consumers who use electricity more than the declared load is said to have thrown a spanner in the efforts of the UT electricity department to check wastage of electricity.

There are nearly 2.5 lakh consumers in different categories. Of these, 1.75 lakh fall in the domestic category, but only about 6000 users have declared their load.

The JERC order states: “If connected load of a domestic category is found to be at variance of the sanctioned/ contracted load as a result of increase of load replacement of lamps, fans, fuses, switches, low voltage domestic fittings, etc it shall neither fall under unauthorised use of electricity as per Electricity Act (EA) 2003 nor under theft of electricity (Section 135 of EA 2003).”

Admitting that the JERC’s decision would hamper their efforts, UT electricity department superintending engineer MP Singh said the department had decided to challenge it. “It will make this more difficult for us. We need some sort of deterrent for putting a check on use of electricity more than the sanctioned load,” said Singh.

Earlier, to put a check on use of electricity more than declared load, the electricity department treated domestic consumers who used load in excess of the sanction load as unauthorized. It also served notices to them under section 126 of the Electricity Act 2003, asking them to get their connections regularised by completing the requisite formalities.

Over the years, due to nondeclaration of actual load, the department has not been able to properly plan electricity demand, leading to erratic power supply. The department is also facing the problem of overloading of transformers.

A recent study by Powergrid revealed that under emergency situations some of the system elements get critically loaded and therefore there was a need to strengthen the transmission system at various points in city.

During the last summer season, overloading of existing transformers was found to be more than 95% and rational power cuts had to be imposed to save thepower transformers from damage. This year also, the department has decided to impose cut.

To address the problem of overloading, electricity department has been directed by JERC to conduct a detailed load forecasting study for short term (2-5 years), medium term (7-10 years) and long term (15-25 years) use in order to understand the load requirements in their area at various periods. For conducting the study, the department has initiated a move for appointment of consultant for load forecasting.


Power theft: CBI probe sought

The AIADMK on Wednesday sought a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the alleged power theft at Yanam by a steel company and demanded the arrest of those involved in the theft.

The power theft was reportedly discovered in Kanagadurga Castings in March 2012. The Electricity Department authorities assessed the tariff of the power stolen to the tune of `28.55 crore. As the period of power theft was not known, the department levied dues for one year, authorities said.

However, the company was given relief by the Madras High Court and told to pay only Rs18 lakh (one week dues for power theft) instead of Rs 28.55 crore charged by the government for a year of theft. Kanagadurga has complied the HC order by paying Rs 18 lakh and sought reconnection of the power supply. The department had appealed against the High Court order in Supreme Court, which had stayed the order of the High court.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, AIADMK state secretary and MLA A Anbazhagan, along with M S Saikumar, secretary of Yanam unit of AIADMK, charged that no action has been taken against the steel company for the offence. Instead, the government provided the company an option to pay Rs 7 crore as compounding fee in connection with the offence. No criminal proceedings has been initiated against the company. This was done with the approval of the Lt Governor, according to documents obtained by AIADMK under RTI. However, the company failed to pay the amount too.

The AIADMK alleged that officials of the  Electricity Department at Yanam had acted in connivance with the steel company for the theft. Citing the report of the Anti Theft Squad (ATS), the AIADMK leaders said that the small device (circuit) used for the theft could not be installed in the transformer without the knowledge of officials of the department.

“The transformer was opened, its lubricating oil was taken out and then the device was installed for stealing power bypassing the metre reading,” said Saikumar. Thereafter, the lubricating oil was put back and the transformer was re-assembled. As the transformer was used for supplying power to the company alone, it went unnoticed, he added.

The AIADMK leader said that by collecting the amount lost due to power theft, the UT administration could lessen the burden on the common man who are reeling under the steep increase in power tariff.

The AIADMK also petitioned the Chief Secretary alleging power theft by industries and rice mills to the tune of Rs 150 crore and said that the case should be handed over to CBI for an inquiry as the local police was incapable of taking action.SOURCE-THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS

Crackdown against power theft, Tata power registers 21 FIRs

INDIA.Intensifying its drive against power theft , power distribution company Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) has lodged 21 FIRs in areas that witnessed a high number of thefts. 
“FIRs have been lodged in several police stations including Timarpur, Ranibagh, Sultanpuri, Narela and Bawana for theft,” a spokesperson said.SOURCE-THE HINDUSTAN TIMES

Power dept ropes in private firms to repair transformers

ALLAHABAD: With power crisis continuing unabated forcing residents of several localities to remain without electricity for days together, the power department has decided to rope in private firms to repair defunct transformers which are piling up on a daily basis. A total of 974 transformers have conked off in May alone inAllahabad district.

The problem assumed alarming proportions in recent days with transformers conking off both in old and new city areas. The department had been feeling the heat after drawing flak from all quarters. Resentment brewing in the public forced local MP and national general secretary of the Samajwadi Party (SP) Reoti Raman Singh to intervene and take up the issue with higher ups in the government. The Purvanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (PUVVNL) decision to private companies to expedite repairing and replacing of defunct transformers is an outcome of this exercise.

Talking to TOI, chief engineer, distribution, A K Singh said "Outsourcing repair work of defunct transformers is an old practice of the department. It was discontinued after a few unscrupulous firms resorted to blackmailing. Now, the practice is being introduced once again albeit a few minor changes by PUVVNL managing director's office." He said that an agreement ha been signed with a few private firms to get the job done.

The private firms would repair transformers and reinstall them at the designated spot in the city. The entire exercise aimed at reducing the burden on workshop staff. He added that on an average three to four transformers conk off owing to overloading. He attributed overloading to indiscriminate use of electrical appliances and power pilferage by illegal katia users. This compounds the problem for the department that has to simultaneously attend to local faults and arrange new transformers.

Executive engineer, workshop, Pradeep Kakkar said "we always try to ensure that old and worn out transformers are replaced within 24 hours but at times we are helpless like in Naini, Rambagh and 630 KVA Kareli transformer where the department is installing two transformers of 250 KVA and 400 KVA capacity."

However the problem is more acute in rural areas where the department has installed low intensity transformers of 25, 67 and 100 KVA capacity which give away on slightest overloading.

Drug grower steals power,learnt from Internet

A 31-year-old Blenheim man learned how to steal electricity and divert it into a room where he was growing cannabis.

Scott Thomas Miller, of Riversdale, appeared in the Blenheim District Court yesterday charged with cultivating cannabis, possessing a firearm without a licence, and stealing $300 worth of electricity.

Miller, a vineyard worker, admitted to the three charges, including stealing electricity between March 1 and May 16 from Contact Energy.

Police found the cannabis on May 10 when they searched his home.

A bedroom had been converted into an indoor growing room which included heating lights and a dehumidifier. The plants were almost ready to be harvested.

Miller had diverted the electricity so it would not be detected on his electricity reading.

He told police he had learned how to divert the power on the internet.

Police also found a .22 rifle and ammunition when they searched the house.

Judge Butler ordered a pre-sentencing report because of the level of sophistication of the crime and remanded Miller on bail to re-appear on July 15.Source-Malborough express 

No illegals charged for power theft – SESB

KOTA KINABALU: The Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrant issues in Sabah yesterday heard that no one has been charged in court for illegal electricity connections at squatter colonies in Sabah due to difficulties in identifying the culprits.

Therefore, Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) had to bear the attendant cost, amounting to RM276,400 for the last five years from 2009 until February this year, to defray employees’ overtime and transportation costs in carrying out disconnection exercises, said SESB chief engineer Christiana Linus Majail.

She said disconnections such as these would normally take some time.

“We estimated an annual loss of RM3,717,720 during those years in five districts, namely Tawau, Sandakan, Semporna, Lahad Datu and Kota Kinabalu that had the highest number of reported cases of illegal electricity connection,” Christina told the Royal Commission of Inquiry on illegal immigrants yesterday.

She said that in 2009, SESB conducted a total of 110 operations to seek out illegal electricity connections at the five districts, (147) in 2010 , (149) in 2011 ,(175) in 2012 , and (110) as of February this year , adding that they had conducted integrated operations with other relevant agencies such as the police, immigration, water department and local authorities.

“To overcome power theft, we have two recommendations, which are, to replace the wires with aerial bundle cables and to lock the electricity feeders by the roadside,” she said.

She said the offenders had resorted to power theft after they are not granted proper electricity supply due to incomplete application process such as getting the approval from the local authorities, Public Works Department and Land and Survey Department to prove that the house and land belongs to them.

On another development, Sime Darby Plantation administration and foreign workers executive, Jakaria Nasiran, disclosed that foreign workers are more interested to have an income rather than worrying about the amount received, when compared to the locals.

“They are also more productive and hardworking,” he said, adding that Sime Darby does not practise favoritism as both foreign and local workers are given fair treatment and benefits.

He said they cannot favour the locals over the foreign workers for fear that they (foreign workers) would leave and abandon their work at the oil palm plantations.

To date, he said, there are a total of 5,523 foreign workers employed to work on Sime Darby’s 45,482 hectares of oil palm plantations, adding that they make up about 85 per cent of the company’s work force.

“As far as I am concerned, we do not employ any illegal immigrants to work with us, but I will not deny that there have cases where document-less people at our plantation have been arrested before. I can only assume that these people had come to work as recommended by those currently employed by us,” he said.

Jakaria added that employment are made either through agents or advertisements.

“All our employees are taken in through the right process where the recruitment fee, including levies, could come up to RM3,500 per person,” he said, adding that he hoped the relevant authorities would bring down the fee to lighten the employers’ burdens.

He said that currently, they are only allowed to take plantation workers from Indonesia and Philippines, and is hoping that the government would also allow them to source employees from other countries.

“As for social complications, some of these foreign workers may have been involved in activities that are against the law but these matters are usually settled by Sime Darby,” he said.

A total of 80 witnesses have so far been called to testify. The RCI hearing resumes today.

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Smart meters will reduce power losses: Milan Rao

Mumbai: India’s largest telecom services provider Bharti Airtel Ltd is implementing “smart” meters across three states in India using machine-to-machine (M2M) technology as part of the central government’s Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP) that aims to reduce power transmission losses.
Other telecom service providers such as Vodafone India Ltd and Idea Cellular Ltd also provide smart meter solutions, and research firm CyberMedia Research Ltd estimates that nearly 130 million smart meters will be required in India by 2021. Milan Rao, chief executive officer of enterprise and government business at Bharti Airtel, spoke in an interview about smart meters and how they improve energy efficiency. Edited excerpts:
How do smart meters work?
Bharti Airtel provides seamless and secure connectivity between meters and servers for Automatic Meter Reading (AMR). Electricity boards install SIM cards, within the electric meters, which ping data from an electric meter to a central server for services such as billing and collection. The solution enables the state to reduce outages and interruptions in power, identify losses in the distribution set-up and effectively monitor performance of transformers and grids. It helps enhance customer satisfaction too.
How does it score over traditional electricity meters?
Smart meters are like regular electricity meters but with an inbuilt SIM card/data connectivity (like the one in your phone) to communicate electricity consumption data via a telecommunications network to a pre-programmed utility location. Automatic meters have the following advantages—transparency in overall working, accurate monitoring, online connectivity and analysis of meter data, network monitoring and adherence to service-level agreements (SLAs). They also provide accessibility at remote locations besides giving the ability to detect power theft, meter tampering or power leakage and remotely connect/disconnect power supply.
What technology solution do you use, and how does M2M work in this context?
Our solution comprises an MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching to speed up network traffic flow), a VPN (Virtual Private Network to connect to remote sites), VSATs (Very Small Aperture Terminals that give high speed broadband connectivity through satellites) and customized GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) to connect data centres, regional offices, other offices, substations and consumer meters for R-APDRP projects driven by the Indian government in different states. M2M or SIM-card based machines require sensors, wireless networks and a computer connected to the Internet. Bharti Airtel being a pan-India telecom service provider with solutions comprising the above-mentioned technologies—MPLS, VSAT, GPRS/EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution), 3G (third generation), NLD (national long distance) and the Internet—can provide M2M solutions for different m-governance and corporate applications.
What challenges did you face in building the technology?
There have been challenges in terms of hardware deployment in remote locations for last-mile connectivity. However, we could overcome them with our pan-India network presence and support from electricity boards. In our experience of building the technology for state-level connectivity, we found that the capability of providing connectivity on a hybrid platform is a major differentiator. Hybrid connectivity essentially provides a wide range of connectivity options to a services provider, and these can be suitably picked up depending on different applications.source-Mint and wall Street journal

Gurgaon addresses its power supply problems

INDIA:A day after Newsline reported Gurgaon's power crisis and excess use of diesel generator sets, Chairman and Managing Director of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Devender Singh met senior officers of the department to review operational activities.

Singh said: "The power supply in the state is much better this summer, as availability is adequate and system has also improved. The officials in the distribution corporations will have to ensure that there is no disruption in supply due to overloading or other constraints in the power distribution system."

He said consumers will be made made aware of the benefits of declaration of unauthorised extension of load through voluntary disclosure scheme. Additional transformers, where existing transformers have load of more than 70 per cent of their capacity, will be set up. At least 16,000 additional transformers would be set up to eliminate the problem of overloading, Singh said.

The department also plans to upgrade its computerised consumer grievances redressal system to allow complaints to be lodged through text messages or online. The work on the maintenance of sub-stations, according to Singh, has been accelerated and all the critical works, such as special maintenance and renovation programme, will be completed within given time.

He said power theft and unauthorised extension of load are the major reasons of overloading and interruptions in power supply. Officers were asked to ensure registration of FIR within 24 hours of detection of theft. A complete feeder-wise indexing of all consumers will be done by the end of May. Self-financing schemes for new connections would be overhauled to make it more consumer friendly, Singh said.


Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Limited imposes Rs 6.50L fine on jewellery shop owner

PATNA:INDIA The Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Limited (BSPHCL), on Monday, slapped Rs 6.50 lakh fine on the owner of a famous jewellery shop on Boring Road for tampering with two electric meters.

BSPHCL spokesman H R Pandey told TOI that a team of the South Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited (SBPDCL) raided one shop of Alankar Jewellers on Boring Road and found that the meters were tampered with in violation of the India Electricity Act. After making an inquiry, the SBPDCL team imposed Rs 6.50 lakh fine on the shop owner. An FIR against the proprietor was lodged with the S K Puri police station, Pandey said.

On an average, SBPDCL lodges 1,000 FIRs every month against the consumers involved in power theft. "It earns at least Rs 10 crore per month through imposing fine on the defaulters," Pandey said.


3.61 crore power theft detected in 45 days

SURAT: Dakshin Gujarat Vij Company Limited's (DGVCL) vigilance department and field staff have detected power theft to the tune of Rs 3.61crore in south Gujarat in the last one-and-a-half-month. Around 55 per cent of the theft cases are reported from Surat city and district areas, rest had taken place in Navsari, Valsad and Bharuch.

Last month, DGVCL had slapped a fine amounting to Rs 63,000 on a tribal consumer for illegally providing electricity connection from his Jyotigram meter to the owner of a liquor bar located in Maharashtra's Lakkadkot, a village bordering Tapi district's Uchhal taluka.

Official sources said 70 per cent of irregularities were detected from temporary connections given to real estate developers at the construction sites in Piplod, Amroli, Rander and Bamroli, Puna, Kapodara etc. in the city.

"At the time of application, the realtors apply for five temporary connections, but later they were found to be using another 10 illegally. However, we consider this as a transmission and distribution loss," said a senior DGVCL officer. tnn

He added "The vigilance department of DGVCL has been asked to carry out a thorough inspection of all the temporary connections approved in and around the city. The vigilance squad will target Piplod, Amroli, Rander, Bamroli and Kamrej where many new construction projects are coming up."SOURCE-TIMES OF INDIA

Electricity Loss and Theft: Who Pays?

We fret about turning off the lights to save pennies on energy. Meanwhile, electricity worth billions of dollars gets lost or stolen on the world’s power grids every year.

In industry jargon, the problem is known as ‘line loss.’ A certain amount of electricity generated by a power plant never makes it to the consumer — or at least the paying consumer. Instead it is lost or diverted somewhere over the wires. Some of it dissipates in transit for technical reasons. In other cases, it’s pilfered by marijuana growers, households, or in some countries even manufacturers

Awesense, a Canadian company that has built its business model around solving this problem, pegs the cost of worldwide electricity loss at $202 billion annually.

Losses vary dramatically by country, with percentages running in the double digits in Brazil, China and India. In the U.S., about seven percent of the power generated goes missing. How much of that is theft? No hard figures exist, but a rule of thumb for sophisticated grids puts U.S. power theft at two to three percent. That may not sound like a lot, but the US is one of the world’s biggest power producers. So even a small percentage of electricity lost means a large amount of fossil fuel wasted.

So, in a time when we strive for greater energy efficiency, why don’t we hear more about this problem? 

It’s a matter of accountability and who pays, according to Mischa Steiner-Jovic, CEO of Awesense.  Regulators typically do not require utilities to absorb the costs. Instead, electricity ratepayers subsidize the thievery.

“The utility commission has not sufficiently motivated the utility to reduce its losses. Because the utilities are able to pass their losses on to the rest of the customers, they are not financially motivated to solve power theft,” said Steiner-Jovic in a recent interview. 

That’s not to say, nothing is being done. Some progressive utilities in North America are taking initiative, in part for safety reasons. Utility workers can inadvertently come in contact with wires exposed by setups jury-rigged to divert power.

But North America is still far behind Brazil, where the federal government has put in place a policy to reduce electricity losses. “Energy is such an important factor for the growth of their economy. They can’t afford to lose 20-30 percent of their energy,” said Steiner-Jovic. Brazil’s electricity theft problem has helped spur the installation of smart meters, which can go long way in helping utilities identify loss.

Not all utilities can afford smart meters. And anyway, thieves sometimes maneuver around them. Awesense has developed a system to identify electricity loss for utilities with or without smart meters.  The company acts as a kind of energy auditor for the grid, using a combination of software and monitoring equipment to identify where loss is occurring and why — whether the problem is malfunctioning equipment or theft. It then helps the utility put in place a strategy to resolve the problem. Like many energy service companies, Awesense operates under a ‘no upfront cost’ model — it is paid out of the energy savings achieved by the utility.

So far, developing countries have shown the greatest concern about line loss. But Steiner-Jovic predicts that North America, too, will take more notice as the consumer becomes increasingly energy aware.

“It just can’t go on that we turn a blind eye to inefficiency on the grid,” he said. “Energy is too valuable a commodity.”

Elisa Wood is a long-time energy writer whose work has been picked up by CNN, the New York Times, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal. source-renewable engrgy

Crackdown on power theft

A STAGGERING R300-MILLION, is the amount of potential revenue the Ekurhuleni municipality has lost because of electricity theft and the tampering of meters.

This sizeable revenue has been lost in only 10 months of the current financial year, which began on July 1 2012 and ends on June 30 this year.

Municipal spokesman Sam Modiba, in an e-mail reply to Sowetan yesterday, confirmed the figure.

He pointed out the revenue amounted to "5%" of the overall electricity consumed in Ekurhuleni by the city's estimated 3.178-million residents.

To combat this, Modiba said plans were afoot to introduce smart meters, but that a date had not yet been determined to begin the process.

Residents would not be able to opt out of switching to smart meters, which would allow the municipality to obtain readings without visiting individual households.

Modiba argued that the technology was reliable and downplayed any prospects of a revolt.

This is despite Ekurhuleni being home to 119 informal settlements together with 1185000 residents without a known source of income.

"It is foreseen that the customer will have a better experience with smart metering, provided the correct and reliable technology is employed, so there are unlikely to be complaints in that regard," Modiba said.

Ekurhuleni residents will not be expected to pay for the smart meters as these will be fully subsidised by the municipality.

Plans to introduce smart meters are being rolled out province-wide.

The City of Johannesburg, which lost R663-million in potential electricity revenue to theft and R709-million to a faulty distribution network in the 2011/2012 financial year, recently announced that it too will install smart meters to its 3.8-million residents. The meters would also be subsidised by the city.

City Power, which provides electricity to Johannesburg residents, said the project was expected to be completed by 2015, with the first phase targeted at customers consuming more than 1000kW of power.

In Tshwane, the city council has recently been expected to approve a by-law compelling residents to convert to smart meters.

The municipality's strategic executive director Nomasonto Ndlovu said the second phase of the roll-out for small power users was expected to function by October 1 this year.

Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa recently announced a R7-billion Security of Revenue Project that will result in the installation of 800000 pre-paid smart meters in every household, business and public building. Residents would not be required to pay for the meters.

Ndlovu said the new smart meters could not be tampered with. "The meter has a tamper detect functionality, therefore if anyone tries to vandalise or corrupt the readings of the meter, it will send an automatic alert to the management system and thus the City to alert them of vandalism."SOURCE-SOWETAN LIVE

No respite in power situation likely

HYDERABAD: Four Discoms have painted a grim picture on power supply situation in the coming months. As per a report submitted to energy department, darker days will continue even after the summer, and in fact, the rainy season and winter would see more power shortage than what is being experienced now.

As per the estimates made by the four Discoms, the state has a demand of 291.64 million units in May while the available power will be around 242.11 MU, causing a shortage of 49.53 MU. Even after the monsoon hits the state, the power demand will continue at an average of 274.40 MU in June as against the availability of 232.22 MU, resulting in 42.18 million units of power shortage everyday. July will see a minor relief as the shortage is expected to come down to 40.46 MU per day.

But the months of August, September and October will see the demand shoot up to 290 million units mark leaving a gap of more than 50 million units per day. While the shortage would be 56.72 MU in August, it would be 60.74 MU in September and 74.26 MU in October, the report said. November month will see some relief with the shortage coming down to 28 million units but in December, the power demand will once again cross 290 MU to record 48.17 million units shortage per day.