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POWER THEFT IN BOKARO,INDIA
BOKARO: Jharkhand State Electricity Regulatory Commission (JSERC) has expressed concern over Bokaro ...
 
Narendra Modi hails MahaVitaran's distribution loss reduction model
India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not only praised the Maharashtra model of power d...
 
PSPCL fines 502 consumers for power theft in Punjab
India. With Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) acting tough, 502 household, c...
 
248 power theft cases registered in huge crackdown
India. New Delhi Continuing its crackdown against power-theft in the city, enforcement teams of el...
 
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 (BR...
 
APCo-Power theft detection
An increase in electricity thefts is costing Appalachian Power Co. (APCo) and its customers millions...
 
4,500 apply for electricity connection in Agra in week-Power Theft detection Follow up
AGRA: INDIA After the district administration announced recently that it would take stringent actio...
 
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 Mulay...
 
PSPCL officials held captive during raid to check Power theft
      PSPCL officials held captive during raid to check Power theft FEROZEPUR:IND...
 
POWER THEFT AND UNWILLINGSNESS TO PAY ELECTRCITY CHARGES
GHANA:The Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Reverend William Hutton Mensa...
 
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POWER THEFT IN BOKARO,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

India.
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

India.
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

India.
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

AGRA: INDIA
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
FEROZEPUR:INDIA
 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)
 

POWER THEFT AND UNWILLINGSNESS TO PAY ELECTRCITY CHARGES

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-http://www.ghanaweb.com/)

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)

POWER THEFT-IN 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.

Source http://allafrica.com/stories

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

ADDING COLOUR TO POWER THEFT

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
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 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

INDIAN POWER THEFT
 
 
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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.
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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. Courtesu-teRapose.com

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

DT METERS TO CHECK POWER THEFT

INDIA.
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

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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. 
Source-Manteca Bulletin.com

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.
Source-daily Bhaskar.com

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

INDIA
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

NEW DELHI-INDIA
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.

Bypass

“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.

Custodial death OF ELDERLY PERSON ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF POWER THEFT

INDIA-PATNA:
 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.
SOURCE-TIMES OF INDIA

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.
SOURCE-CTPOST.COM

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

Hyderabd,India
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.

Pls visit  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKS_0Bgmhps
 

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."
 SOURCE-TIMES OF INDIA

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
India
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.

Thefts

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

FOUR CESU OFFICIALS SUSPENDED FOR POWER THEFT

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.
Source-ESI-AFRIA.COM

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

POWER THEFT
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

POWER THEFT

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"
 SOURCE-INDIAN EXPRESS

MSEB's bright idea to curb power theft

MUMBAI.INDIA-

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

JAMAICA-ARREST FOR COMMITTING POWER THEFT

11 persons arrested for allegedly stealing electricity
SOURCE-JAMAICA OBSERVER
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.
SOURCE-MUMBAI MIRROR

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

POWER THEFT IN KERALA

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

India
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.

Source-SAMAY LIVE-
Power theft

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

POWER THEFT:ASSAM:INDIA

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.

SOURCE-THE ECONOMIC TIMES

Curb pilfering of electricity during festivals: PILCurb pilfering of electricity during festivals: PIL

POWER THEFT.
MUMBAI.INDIA.
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.
 
SOURCE-TIMES OF INDIA

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.

 

LOSS SPREADING

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.

 

NEW INCENTIVES

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:SOURCEhttp://www.which.co.uk/news/

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.
source-www.clevaland.com
 

Sesco: Shun electricity-stealing service providers

POWER THEFT---

 

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? 
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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.

SOURCE-THE EAST AFRICAN

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.
SOURCE-THE NAGALAND POST

 

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

SOURCE-THE DAWN.COM

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.

SOURE-THE INDEPENDENT

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.

Bandobust

“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.

SOURCE-THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS

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-http://go-jamaica.com/news/read_article.php?id=45752

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

.SOURCE-THE TIMES OF INDIA

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.

SOURCE-THE SOUTHEAST TEXAS REQUIREMENT

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.

SOURCE-THE TIMES OF INDIA

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.


SOURCE-REDWOOD WALL GAZATTE

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. 
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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. 
sOURCE-WWW.GO-JAMAICA.COM

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. 
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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. 
sOURCE-WWW.GO-JAMAICA.COM

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. 
sOURCE-WWW.GO-JAMAICA.COM

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.

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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.

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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. 
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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.

SOURCE-JAMAICA OBSERVER

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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. 
SOURCE-THE TIMES OF INDIA

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.
SOURCE-TIMES OF INDIA

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

DRIVE AGAINST PILFERAGE SOON

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

CHANDIGARH,INDIA

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.

SOURCE-THE HINDUSTAN TIMES

Power theft: CBI probe sought

PUDUCHERRY,INDIA.
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.
 
SOURCE-TIMES OF INDIA

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.

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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.

SOURCE-TIMES OF INDIA

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 world.com

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.

The estimates given by the Discoms are indicating that the power supply planning in the state has gone haywire. Surprisingly there is no reduction in power demand even after the completion of Rabi season raising doubts whether the Discoms have showed correct figures regarding the agriculture power supply. "Some percent of power shown in the account of agriculture is actually lost in power theft and pilferage. The statistics shown by the Discoms are not very genuine," opined energy expert M Venugopala Rao.SOURCE-THE TIMES OF INDIA

STRENGTHENING POWER DISTRIBUTION, TRANSMISSION

DISTRICTS IDENTIFIED BY THE WORLD BANK

Gautam Buddhnagar (Noida), Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Moradabad, Gorakhpur, Aligarh, Mathura, Allahabad, Bareilly and Lucknow.

KEY ACTIVITIES TO BE UNDERTAKEN

Development of baseline data through appropriate ring fencing of the districts, loss reduction and controlling power theft through implementation of automated metering, billing and collection system, investments on substations, distribution transformers, feeders and integration with the existing centralized database system established under the R-APDRP. SOURCE-THE HINDUSTAN TIMES

STRENGTHENING POWER DISTRIBUTION, TRANSMISSION

DISTRICTS IDENTIFIED BY THE WORLD BANK

Gautam Buddhnagar (Noida), Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Moradabad, Gorakhpur, Aligarh, Mathura, Allahabad, Bareilly and Lucknow.

KEY ACTIVITIES TO BE UNDERTAKEN

Development of baseline data through appropriate ring fencing of the districts, loss reduction and controlling power theft through implementation of automated metering, billing and collection system, investments on substations, distribution transformers, feeders and integration with the existing centralized database system established under the R-APDRP. SOURCE-THE HINDUSTAN TIMES

Scindia favours 'carrot and stick' policy for power discoms

Says discoms cutting down AT&C losses at faster rate need to be rewarded and that would happen.
INDIA:In a ‘carrot and stick’ approach to deal with the power distribution companies, Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has suggested incentivising the discoms that cut down losses from theft and other transmission issues while punishing the bad performers.

“If one discom is a better performer, then why it should get loans at the same level of those availed by a poor performer. The benefits should be on the basis of performance and creditworthiness of a discom,” Scindia said. Terming high Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses as a major bane for the power sector, the minister told PTI in an interview here that “the discoms cutting down the AT&C losses at a faster rate need to be rewarded and that would happen”.

“I want AT&C losses to come down. I’m telling the discoms that I will give you an incentive if you are able to bring down the AT&C at a faster rate,” Scindia said. “You got to have a carrot and stick approach. For those people who are coming on to that pathway (of lowering the losses), we will incentivise them. Otherwise, there is no long term solutions for the problems of the sector,” he warned. Scindia said even one rupee of investment in generation would be of use only after the entire value chain, including distribution and transmission, becomes viable.

“All problems require unique solutions. ‘One size fits all’ does not work,” he said. Talking about the issues faced in the power distribution segment, Scindia said one of the major issues here was the financial stability of discoms.

“For this, we have come out with the FRP (Financial Restructuring Package). It addresses short-term liabilities of state discoms in Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. “These eight states are already on board and we are talking to other two-three states and close to Rs 1,40,000 crore out of the total short-term liabilities of Rs 1,90,000 crore would be addressed through the FRP.

“The transitional financial mechanism has been approved by the Finance Ministry, which will help the discoms avail loans at lower rates to make the FRP viable in the long term. We have already issued the guidelines and the state governments are now negotiating with their individual banks to get them on board,” he said.

Scindia said the ministry has already launched a programme for grant of credit ratings to discoms and he would make it a semi-annual exercise going forward. “The ratings are being given, so that when banks go to fund these discoms, they do it on the basis of transparency. I would like to first make it an annual exercise and eventually a semi-annual exercise, so that there is rigour, transparency and accountability in the system and the discoms start competing with each other,” he said.SOURCE-THE BUSINESS STANDARD

 

 
 
 

JPS seeks help to cut electricity theft

THE Jamaica Public Service (JPS) says it has sought the assistance of the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) and the Government in crafting strategies to deal with electricity theft in a more effective manner.

"The root of the problem is crime and poverty, and no technological solution is going to fix that," said JPS President and CEO Kelly Tomblin, in addressing questions regarding the failure of the recently implemented Resident Advanced Metering Infrastructure (RAMI) system to eradicate electricity theft.

 

 
 
Jamaica Public Service President and CEO Kelly Tomblin speaks with Gary Barrow (centre), senior JPS vice-president, and Keith Smith, information technology director at the light and power company, before Thursday’s press conference at the utility company’s Knutsford Boulevard office in New Kingston. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)
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Instead, Tomblin said, the utility company has requested assistance from the Government, OUR, the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, and the Jamaica Social Investment Fund, among others, to deal with the problem.

"...Let's get all these agencies together, and let's design a new lost prevention, a new programme to get customers on the programme," Tomblin said, adding that the OUR is expected to respond formally to the proposal later this month.

Tomblin was speaking Thursday at a press conference at the utility company's offices on Knutsford Boulevard in New Kingston.

Among the new measures suggested to combat electricity theft is a pre-paid electricity programme, which will function similar to existing prepaid telephone systems. A pilot for that programme should start in another three months, explained Keith Smith, senior vice-president at the JPS.

"We are really looking at two different types of solutions. One, where we have a meter that will connect back to the [JPS] network over a telecommunications network. So we will use something like a Digicel or a LIME GPRS service and the device will have a little modem attached to it with a SIM card," he explained, adding that with this system persons would be required to purchase their electricity.

"And the next solution is where we are looking at stand-alone meters. That will require a little more intelligence on the computerised side, where you go into a distribution centre and you buy a voucher, and then, connected to your meter, you will either have a keypad or a sensor that can read this voucher and transfer it to a certain [electricity] value," he said.

In both options, customers would be alerted whenever the value of their prepaid service is near completion. They will also be able to purchase varying amounts of electricity, and will be able to turn off the system when it is not in use.SOURCE-THE JAMAICA OBSERVER

 



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Demands raised at TNERC hearing

Chennai: Public hearing on the tariff petition filed by Tamil Nadu Generation and Di­stribution Corporation Li­mited (Tangedco) held by the Tamil Nadu Ele­c­tricity Regulatory Comm­i­ssion (TNERC) on Fri­day witnessed demands for continuous power supply, immediate commissioning of pending power projects and cutting down on power theft and transmission and distribution (T & D) losses.

TNERC members K. Venugopal and S. Nagalsamy heard the views of stakeholders on the tariff petition. Power Engineers Society of Tamil Nadu president S. Gandhi said even as the state was reeling under severe power cut,  Tangedco had not taken any steps to commission the ongoing power projects.

“But the corporation is purchasing power at a very high cost of `15.46 per unit from private power generators. It resulted in a huge loss for the board,” he claimed. He also asked the commission to relax the solar power purchase obligation on 19 lakh commercial consumers who consume about 200 units a month.

Venugopal of Tamil Nadu Power Producers Association said non adherence to the regulation of the commission had led to the huge loss incurred by the corporation. He asked the commission to not to accept the “inflated” regulatory assessed by Tangedco in its petition.

Association for Transparency and Anti Corruption president C.Selveraj said the corporation had not adhered to directives given by the commission in the last years tariff order. Kalyanasundaram of TNEB Engineers Association asked the commission to allow installation of a separate meter for lavish illumination in commercial services. “Since the commission norms did not allow installation  of two meters for a service connection, the board was not able to collect charges for lavish illumination,” he said.

Tamil Nadu Broiler Growing Farmers’ Asso­ciation president and Ex MLA G. Latha urged the commission to provide free power for poultry farms and to allow to them to take water from wells and borewells using motor pumps. Dasaratha Ram­an, president of KK Nagar Residents’ Welfare Association demanded the commission to incre­ase slab for availing government subsidy from 500 units to 1,000 units a month for domestic consumers.

Replying to the queries raised by the consumers, Tangedco finance director Rajagopal said the board sustained a loss of `1.50 per unit of the power supplied to consumers.
Denying the charge that the board functioned as a commercial entity, he said the board was suffering a huge loss every year because of supplying power at low price in spite of fuel costs hike. 
SOURCE-THE DECCAN CHRONICLE

Kliptown power theft will continue so long as services go undelivered

eNCA's report follows violent protests when Metrorail and police officers conducted a joint operation to remove illegal electricity connections.

Local residents threw stones and the police and placed rubbish bins on railway tracks. Police fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowds and six suspects were arrested.

"This practice of throwing stones at Metrorail and law enforcement personnel is totally unacceptable and condemned in the strongest possible terms.

"It is regrettable that these acts of vandalism, if continued, will inconvenience thousands of train commuters who rely on this affordable mode of public transport."

According to the eNCA report it is unclear when the residents will get legal electrical connections as the City of Johannesburg claims it can only connect them to the grid when funds become available.

Meanwhile resident, Gilberto Chenepe, told eNCA, "We are not going to allow ANC to play their dirty games on us, we are going to steal electricity." 

 

POWER THEFT

Earlier this morning, members of the Castlegar RCMP detachment, along members of the crime reduction unit, executed a search warrant for theft of electricity at a residence located on Columbia Road in Ootischenia, according to Cpl. Darryl Orr.

"Upon entry into the residence, a sophisticated three-room grow op was discovered containing approximately 400 marijuana plants," Orr said. "During the search, members did locate the hydro-electric bypass, which has been removed, and power to the residence has been cut off for safety.

"One adult female was arrested, and other people are suspected of being involved," he added. "The investigatiomn is ongoing."

The woman is currently in custody facing charges of theft of electricity, possession of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

As for what made the grow op sophisticated, Orr said it was very clean, very tidy and very well-organized.

"A hydro-electric bypass is sophisticated - it takes some skill," he said. "The amount of plants found within the residence is consistent with trafficking. this is no Ma-and-Pa operation - those days are over. This is an organized grow.

 

SOURCE-THE NELSON DAILY

Jamaica power company facing dire threat from electricity theft

(Jamaica Observer) KELLY Tomblin yesterday reiterated the dire financial state of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), and expressed disappointment that two State-owned sugar companies in Clarendon and Westmoreland allowed residents of neighbouring communities to steal electricity amounting to more than $100 million.

“We have about 230 people, we are spending a lot of money each year working on preventing theft. Those people are out in the community, serving my customers, helping to figure out how to get smaller payment frameworks and doing other customer service, improving reliability,” Tomblin told a news conference at the JPS head office in New Kingston.

“What happens when theft of service occurs. For JPS, it may very well be the death knell. Last year, we were fined by the OUR $30 million, that’s two-and-a-half times our total profit and we again submit that there is no business in Jamaica that can lose two to three million dollars a month and still be viable,” she said, adding that the company is facing bankruptcy as it has broken several covenants with its lenders.

“So for us it has reached a very critical point. This has led to us being in breach of our financial covenants. We have been in breach since last year and we continue to be in breach. What that means is that there is a covenant in our loan agreement with our lenders that said we would maintain a specific EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) to debt ratio and we haven’t met that, and we haven’t met it for a year,” Tomblin said.

She said that the company’s lenders have been granting it waivers, but JPS is not earning enough to meet its debts.

“That is a violation of our agreement, and now we have a lender that has not given us a waiver,” she said.

“So in the US, we call it a financial cliff; we call it a precipice here, but the fact remains that JPS cannot be viable in the current framework.”

Tomblin spoke to the electricity theft issue affecting the sugar estates in an interview with the Jamaica Observer after the news conference.

“It shocks the conscience,” she said, “because if you drive around right now you see it [electricity theft] everywhere. We [Jamaicans] have become very immune to it and I think that is what has gone on here.”

Yesterday’s Observer lead story reported Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke as saying that the Government will have to fork out $200 million to remove illegal connections set up at the sugar plantations.

Disconnecting the illegal connections, Clarke said, was the “only outstanding matter” in negotiations with the new owners of the factories, Pan Caribbean Sugar Company, to invest in a US$100-million sugar refinery.

For years, residents in neighbouring communities were allowed free access to electricity and irrigation water which cost the sugar company $100 million in additional costs annually. The $200 million is being sought to pay for a regularisation programme for the affected communities.

Yesterday, Tomblin did not say whether the regularisation process had started, or if the Government had paid any portion of the regularisation costs.

She, however, bemoaned the debt the Government had incurred for electricity, and said the State will have to pay up if the JPS is to remain viable.

“We certainly have difficulty collecting from the Government, and of course the Government has had its woes,” Tomblin said. “But remember, we bill the Government in Jamaican dollars and we have to pay most of our suppliers, including Petrojam, in US dollars. So the longer they take to pay us, the more detrimental it is to JPS.

“So we really do need to get everyone to be current, and for the Government to repay JPS what it owes us,” she said.

In the meantime, Tomblin said that new measures are to be implemented to detect electricity theft by major organisations which, she said, is harder to detect than those set up by ordinary citizens.

Move to shield honest payers in POWER THEFT cases

NEW DELHI: Soon, it will be mandatory for the city's power distribution companies (discoms) to check the consumption and payment records ofconsumers before accusing them of power theft.Citing a steep increase in the number of complaints of harassment against discoms, Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has decided to change the procedure for registering a case for unauthorized use of electricity against any consumer. 

The amendments will be made in the proposed Delhi Electricity Supply Code and Performance Standards Regulations Draft-2012, which has been in the making for the last few years. However, the draft is now expected to be amended and put up on the DERC website by June. 

"Since we have been getting complaints and suggestions internally from our members, and the public, we have decided to amend certain portions of the draft wherein we want to strengthen the part that deals with the procedure for booking a case for unauthorized use of electricity against any consumer," said P D Sudhakar, chairman, DERC. 

As per the proposed amendments, discoms will not be allowed to register a theft case on the basis of mere "suspicion". Officials said in many cases it was found that discoms had booked people who have genuine meter faults without even checking their credentials. Once this regulation is approved, a consumer who has made regular payments against his consumption will be given ample chance to explain himself before being booked for theft. 

DERC is also considering directing the discoms to collect concrete evidence against a consumer before registering a case. "We want them to strictly adhere to the principle of natural justice wherein consumers are mandatorily issued notice and given time to respond," Sudhakar said. Also, the draft suggests recording of complaints in the presence of a witness, who could be a neighbour. DERC sources claim to receive at least 50 cases of harassment by discoms in the name of power theft every year. 

The draft supply and performance code has also suggested enhancement of fines being imposed on the discoms for delay in addressing consumers' complaints related to failed supply, burnt meters or a transformer snag. The fines may go up to Rs 100 per day, or even more. Discom performance codes were last reviewed in 2007. A public hearing to discuss the draft that has been on the website was held a year ago but it has remained in limbo. SOURCE-THE TIMES OF INDIA

Torrent Power officer accused of power theft

SURAT: INDIAThe Dakshin Gujarat Vij Company Limited's (DGVCL) vigilance department on Thursday raided the residence of a senior vigilance officer employed with Torrent Power on suspicion of power theft.

Official sources said DGVCL's vigilance department had received information about power theft in a bungalow at Hariomnagar society in Adajan. The vigilance officials along with DGVCL officials from Rander zone raided the residence of Torrent Power's vigilance officer and seized the electricity metre.SOURCE-THEOF INDIA

Woman accused of stealing neighbor's electricity

 — An Oak Park woman suspected of stealing electricity from a neighbor was arrested Friday night by San Diego police officers.

Officers Chris Cummings and Alan Dyemartin went to the area on Redwood Street, near East Virgo Road, in response to a call reporting a woman was stealing electricity, police Officer David Stafford said.

The officers found more than 150 feet of extension cord going across the two lanes of Redwood Street, Stafford said. The cord was plugged into a neighbor’s outlet.

A witness told the officers that the alleged theft had been occurring for about two weeks.

Darlene Armstrong, 45, was booked into county jail on counts of theft of utility services, use of utilities without authorization and tampering with utility property, Stafford said.SOURCE-UT SAN DIEGO

Power theft in HAL residential campus

LUCKNOW: INDIA.An enforcement squad of UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) carried out a raid on the residential campus of HAL in Gomtinagar on Sunday. According to A P Mishra, UP Power Corporation Ltd managing director, the squad came across incidents of power theft in most of the cases. Mishra said the residential complex has some 1006 connections, in which incidents of theft were seen. The squad faced strong protest by residents who sought an explanation for the raids on their campus.

Mishra said they had spoken to the higher authorities of HAL in Bengaluru and were contemplating imposition of single-point connection. Under the system, the UPPCL will provide power supply to one point and install a meter. HAL management may then subsequently distribute the connections to the respective consumers. Mishra said this way they will be able to assess the quantum of power supply made to the HAL against the revenue collected.The system is essentially applied in many residential colonies of central organisations like the Military Engineering Services or evenBharat Sanchar Nigam Limited. Mishra said the system gave a fair idea of power consumption and the revenue recovered thereafter.

Meanwhile, the UP Rajya Vidyut Upbhokta Parishad has slammed the UPPPCL management for not doing enough to provide adequate power supply to residents. President of the parishad, Avadhesh Verma said the UPPCL had been resorting to rostering to the tune of around 2000 to 3000 Mw on a daily basis. The allegation comes around the time the state-owned power generation company the UP Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam claims to provide much more power supply as compared to last three years. According to UP Rajya Vidyut Abhiyanta Sangh, the state was getting around 80 million units which was around 4 million units more than previous year.SOURCE-THE TIMES OF INDIA

Nigeria: FG Says 10,000 Megawatts Not Realistic This Year

The Federal Government yesterday backtracked on its promise of raising electricity generation in the country to 10, 000 megawatts by the end of 2013.

Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo at a press briefing in Abuja said given the delay in some of the engineering works by contractors, the first quarter of 2014 is now the date for the target of 10, 000 megawatts.

He also said that N77 billion is needed to close the metering gap of 2.5 million. He said until the metering gap is adequately addressed, the incidences of excess billings from discos and power theft might continue.

Nebo pleaded with Nigerians to be patient with the government as ongoing recovery works at the Kainji and Jebba dams as well as work on the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) would add fresh capacity to the grid.

He said Nigeria needs a smart transmission grid that will be able to transmit all power generated to the disco which was the reason why the federal government has contracted Manitoba Hydro International to manage the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and working loan facility from the World Bank to finance the expansion.

The minister also said that the proceeds from the sale of the unbundled units of former Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) would be used to settle the workers entitlement before the eventual take over by the preferred bidders.

Forty-five billion is provided in the 2013 budget for the PHCN workers but the federal government says about N385 billion is needed to offset the entire workers entitlement.

Professor Nebo said, "almost all the proceeds would be used to pay for the workers' severance and entitlements."

The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) says the government would garner $2.6 billion (N410 billion) from the sale of the PHCN companies.

Last week, President Goodluck Jonathan officiated the signing of transaction agreement with the preferred bidders of 10 discos and 5 gencos who had earlier paid 25 percent. They are required to pay up the 75 percent balance six months after the first down payments.

On why Nigerian banks were not considered to participate in the provision of loans for the power sector rather than international agencies, the minister said the Nigerian banks may have come of age as argued by chairman of Heirs Holding, Mr Tony Elumelu but that "the banks would not have the capacity to give long term loans as required. The loans we are getting will take a tenure of between 30 to 40 years at very low interest rates."SOURCE-ALL AFRICA

 
 

POWER THEFT FOR GROWING MARIJUANA?

A Vancouver Island man who tended a Shuswap grow-op was jailed Monday for eight months after police found 700 plants along with an electricity bypass.

Robin Mernickle, 56, pleaded guilty in provincial court to possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

Crown lawyer Anthony Varesi said RCMP began an investigation when alerted to possible theft of electricity from B.C. Hydro. RCMP executed a search warrant on McKenzie Road in Sorrento.

They found Mernickle tending a basement grow-up, a bypass hidden behind a false wall and another grow-op in an outbuilding.

In all, nearly 700 plants were seized, valued at about $60,000.

Varesi and defence lawyer Rob Bruneau jointly recommended an eight-month jail sentence for the disabled former cement mason with no criminal record.

Bruneau said Mernickle’s suffers from arthritis of the spine as well as a fractured vertebrae.

“He was smoking marijuana for the purposes of relief,” Bruneau said. “He lives on Vancouver Island but was given, I’ll use the word, opportunity, to live on the property and look after the grow-op.”

Mernickle recently sold his small house on the Island and is living on the proceeds, Bruneau said.

Calling it a “relatively sophisticated grow-op,” Judge Chris Cleaveley agreed with the submission and handed down an eight-month jail sentence.

Mernickle is also subject to a 10-year firearm ban.

 SOURCE-KAMLOOP'S DAILY NEWS

False electricity theft case?

INDIA.The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday issued notice to the UT administration, home secretary as well as inspector general police, sub-inspector Paramjit Kaur and accused Ranjit Singh in a writ petition filed by physiotherapist Navpreet Kaur of Sector 39, seeking a high-level inquiry for 
 
fixing the responsibility of the Chandigarh Police in connection with planting a false electricity theft case at her residence.

 


The case will now come up for hearing on May 24.

The petitioner stated that on April 16, the high court had directed the police to ensure protection to her from her neighbour Ranjit Singh, who was allegedly intimidating her.

However, the police provided security to her but only for a few hours daily and that too during the day time, thereby facilitating the incident of electricity theft at her residence. 

The petitioner said on the complaint of an unidentified person, around 1.30pm on April 25, officials of UT engineering department conducted a raid and found a magnet lying on the electricity meter at her house. They registered a case of "theft of electricity" against her mother.
 
For avoiding an FIR to be registered against them, the petitioner's mother paid Rs. 1.33 lakh by way of penalty to the engineering department.

The petitioner expressed apprehension that unless the police ensured compliance with the interim order of April 16 and provided full security to her family, there was every apprehension that similar false incidents might be created against them by the accused against whom an FIR under sections 384 (extortion) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC had been registered at the Sector 39 police station.

The police have so far not responded to the complaint.

Referring to the role of SI Paramjit Kaur of Sector-36 police station, the petitioner alleged that Kaur had been pressuring her to compromise with the accused, instead of constructing on her role to provide security to her.SOURCE-THE HINDUSTAN TIMES

STIR AGAINST LOCAL POWER COMPANY ABOUT ALLEGED POWER THEFT

INDORE,INDIA:

he functioning of Essel Vidyut Vitran Sagar Limited ( EVVSPL) has come under criticism once again with the Congress party announcing to speed up its protest against the company from May 2. Sensing public outrage against the powercompany, the ruling BJP is also gearing up for agitation.

The EVVSPL started its work in December 2012 for power distribution and other services. Since then, the company’s operation has come under criticism as consumers accuse the company of levying hefty bills among others.

Sixty-year-old Madan Yadav, a resident of Lal Kurti, runs a small tea stall at his house. He said the company officials came to him and alleged that he was indulged in power theft. When Yadav dared them to prove the charge, the officials demanded Rs 10,000 as bribe. As Yadav refused, he was handed over a heftypower bill worth Rs 60,000. Later, he complained about the matter but to no avail.

 

The Congress has been protesting against the company from the beginning and also, at times, had given memorandums to administrative officials. The party has also started ‘post card movement’ and is planning to send a post card to the chief minister.

“We are planning a grand protest against EVVSPL because of which the public, especially, the poor are suffering,” Congress district president Hera Singh said. The party will gherao MPEB on May 2 and the collectorate on May 4, demanding removal of the private company.

The ruling BJP has also awaken to the issue after Sagar MLA Shailendra Jain faced public outrage at a recently held consumer support camp. The party is going to launch protest against the company from Tuesday. Jain told HT that BJP is with the public. “I have already updated the whole issue with the chief minister. The CM has also assured action in this matter.”

SOURCE-THE HINDUSTAN TIMES

Namibia: City Condemns Illegal Electricity Connections

THE City of Windhoek has once again strongly condemned the dangerous practice of stealing electricity by means of illegal connections to the power grid.

City of Windhoek chief executive officer Joshua Amukugo told a media briefing last week that illegal connections overload the grid and result in whole neighbourhoods experiencing blackouts.

He said illegal electricity connections are very dangerous and can endanger human life and property.

“Our concerns are that connections are done unprofessionally, and many a time the supply cables used are not of the right standard. Lives have already been lost through electrocution. Last year there was an accident that led to the death of a child that was electrocuted by touching corrugated iron that was inappropriately electrically charged due to illegal connections supplied from the main house to a shack on the same erf. This can happen anywhere, especially in the informal settlements where illegal supply cables run from one corrugated shack to the next,” Amukugo said.

According to him, offenders will be fined N$2 000 plus a call-out fee, and their electricity supply will be disconnected until they have paid the fine. Repeat offenders will pay even higher fines.

“We are also considering tightening up these measures with a hope that the offenders will stop the practice, by introducing measures such as a power supply reduction to offenders to reduce their ability to supply to others. This will avoid widespread blackouts that are currently sometimes experienced and this affects the City's quality of supply to those who are not culprits,” he said.

Amukugo said the municipality understands the need for services and is working hard on addressing this need. He emphasised that people should not opt for illegal activities that can put their lives and those of fellow residents in danger.


Source-ALL AFRICA

Spanco Nagpur Discom Limited vigilance squad assaulted

NAGPUR: Yashodhara police has registered an offence of assault against the residents of Kinkhede Layout on Monday following a complaint lodged by the senior officials of power franchise Spanco Nagpur Discom Limited (SNDL).

NAGPUR,INDIA:A vigilance squad of SNDL, comprising women personnel as well, reached the Kinkhede Layout to check the rampant power theft in the locality and snap the connections of illegal meters. The local residents started violently resisting the SNDL squad led by assistant manager Niraj Giri. SNDL staff Swapnil Randive was injured in the attack. Some women staff too were targeted.

Sources in the police station said that among the ones who had been identified for attacking SNDL personnel are Kashinath Bhure and his wife, Ravindra Ninawe, Barapatre couple, Prakash Bargat, Guddu and others. The cops rushed to the spot after learning about the incident. The SNDL workers and local residents later thronged the Yashodhara Nagar police station leading to tension.

 

SOURCE-Times of india,

Rs 1.44 crore fine for power theft

PATNA: To check power theft, Bihar State Power (Holding) Distribution Company Limited (BSPDCL), in recent weeks, conducted several raids in various parts of the state and lodged hundreds of FIRs against defaulters. It earned Rs 1.44 crore by imposing fine on the defaulters between April 1 and 9.

South Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited (SBPDCL) has lodged 244 FIRs and imposed fine to the tune of Rs 1.07 crore between April 1-9. Magadh division topped the list of defaulters, with 112 FIRs being filed and Rs 37.13 lakh realized by way of fine. Even in the area under Patna Electric Supply Undertaking (Pesu), 29 FIRs were lodged and a fine of Rs 19.09 lakh was imposed during this period.


The fine imposed was lower during the raids conducted by North Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited (NBPDCL). FIRs were lodged against 131 power consumers and Rs 37.49 lakh was realized as fine. Purnia supply division topped the list of defaulters with NBPDCL realizing a fine of Rs 12.3 lakh. Raids were also conducted in Muzaffarpur supply division (Rs 4 lakh realized), Motihari (Rs 5.72 lakh), Chhapra (Rs 9.45 lakh), Darbhanga (Rs 8.49 lakh), Samastipur (Rs 41,000) and Saharsa (Rs 3.42 lakh) during this period.

In order to put the main holding company, BSPHCL, on the track, both the distribution companies have pulled up their socks to minimize power theft. Recently, Bihar chief secretary had also directed its officials to check power theft at the district level. Divisional commissioners and DMs have been asked to monitor it on a weekly basis.

Documents available with TOI show that in March, a total of 244 FIRs were lodged and a fine of Rs 6.16 crore was imposed on the defaulters by the SBPDCL.

SOURCE-TIMES OF INDIA

Heavy penalty and imprisonment in power theft cases

Using power illegally has cost a West Delhi factory owner Rs.1.32 crore in penalty. Finding the accused guilty of stealing 103 kW of electricity, a Special Court of Electricity in Dwarka has convicted Manoj Kumar under Section 135 of the Electricity Act, 2003.

He has not only been penalised Rs.1.32 crore in fine and civil liability, but will also have to serve out a two-year rigorous imprisonment.

The Court has specified that if the accused defaults on paying the fine, he will have to further undergo simple imprisonment for an additional six months. According to power distribution company BSES, the factory owner was convicted for stealing electricity for industrial purposes.

“Order of the Additional Sessions Judge, Suresh Kumar Gupta said since the load is more than 10 kW, the fine imposed should not be less than three times of the financial gain on account of theft of electricity. Manoj Kumar was sentenced to undergo RI for two years with a fine of Rs.80,00,000 and in default of payment of fine to undergo SI for 6 months. Accordingly, the civil liability on the basis of tariff rate was assessed at Rs.51,52,521 which will be payable with simple interest at the rate of six per cent per annum from the due date of bill till its payment…,” said a BSES spokesperson.

An inspection by an enforcement team of BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) in June 2006 had found large-scale power theft of 103 kW taking place at Village Kamruddin Nagar in West Delhi. “At the time of inspection, the electricity meter was found bypassed and power was being directly stolen with the help of three illegal teflon wires. The stolen electricity was used for running rubber and anodizing plants,” the spokesperson said.

A power theft bill of Rs.51 lakh was raised and issued to the accused according to the laid down regulations. “When the accused did not pay the fine within the stipulated time frame, a complaint was lodged. Accused Rakesh Kumar and Manoj Kumar were summoned by the Special Court. Since the duo did not appear before the Court, they were declared proclaimed offenders. Subsequently, Manoj Kumar was arrested but granted bail. He had pleaded not guilty and had claimed trial. During the course of the trial, he had taken various pleas, including that he was a property dealer and had nothing to do with the said power-theft. The other accused is absconding,” the spokesperson said.

In another similar case, a Special Court of Electricity in Saket has sentenced four residents – Suraj Bhan, Deepak Kumar, Rakesh and Mukesh Kumar – all residents of Munirka in South Delhi to two years of rigorous imprisonment and levied a cumulative fine of Rs.3.37 lakh. In case of default of fine, the accused will have to undergo simple imprisonment for two more months.

“In his order, Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Tewari said he considers power theft to be an economic offence, wherein the society as a whole is the victim and the honest payers of electricity charges the sufferers,” said a BSES spokesperson.

The Special Court also imposed a civil liability of Rs.1.4 lakh, Rs.1.3 lakh and Rs.7,133 towards Suraj Bhan, Deepak Kumar, and Rakesh and Mukesh Kumar respectively and imposed a fine of Rs.84,000, which will have to be paid by the accused Suraj Bhan and Deepak and Rs.28,190 which will be paid by Rakesh and Mukesh.

“An inspection by BRPL enforcement team – accompanied by CISF and Delhi Police personnel – in January 2008 found power theft taking place in Suraj Niwas, Munirka. The electricity meter at the site was found bypassed and electricity was being used by illegally tapping into BSES’ service lines. The premises, with four floors, was owned by Suraj Bhan. While he lived with his family on the second floor, a travel agency ‘Skyborn Tour & Travels’ was being run from the third and a TV repair shop from the ground floor.”

“The inspection found 12.7 kW of stolen power being used for domestic purposes, 4.80 kW for commercial purposes – running a travel agency ‘Skyborn Tour & Travels’ by Rakesh and Deepak and 0.17 kW for running a TV repair shop by Deepak and Mukesh,” the spokesperson said giving details of the case.

Power theft bills of Rs.1.4 lakh, Rs.1.33 lakh and Rs.7,133 were raised on the accused. When they did not pay the same within the stipulated time-frame, a case was filed against them. They had pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.

 

 
SOURCE-THE HINDU : NEW DELHI | 

Kanadurga Castings to get electricity soon

The Puducherry Electricity Department is moving to restore power connection to Kanadurga Castings private limited,a Yanam based steel company,involved in power theft.

The department is acting in compliance with the Madras High Court order passed by Justice Elipe Dharma Rao on April 2. The HC told the steel company to pay INR 18 lakh (only one week dues for power theft) instead of INR 28.55 crore charged by the State government for a year of power theft. Kanadurga had paid the amount and sought re-connection of power supply which was disconnected by the Electricity Department for non-payment of tariff for stolen power.

The industry which started operation in 2002 was permitted to use 3,500KV a day and three patterns of tariff were charged for the usage for a period of one year. The Electricity Department found the power theft in March 2012. Following this, the authorities assessed the tariff of the stolen power to the tune of INR 28.55 crore. The Electricity Department levied dues for one year as they were unable to find how long the company has been stealing power.

Source - newindianexpress.com

Police: 50 marijuana plants, cash seized after report of electricity theft in Clare County

GRANT TOWNSHIP, MI —Police made two arrests and seized more than 50 marijuana plants along with equipment to grow the plant and cash after being called to investigate a report of a suspect stealing electricity in Clare County's Grant Township. 

The Clare County Sheriff's Department responded to the request from a utility company to investigate the alleged theft of electricity on Tuesday, April 23, on the 11000 block of Willow. 

During the investigation, deputies obtained a search warrant for the residence and discovered a marijuana grow operation there. Deputies seized more than 50 marijuana plants along with equipment, cash and other items that police believe may have been purchased with money obtained from selling marijuana. 

Police arrested a 30-year-old Farwell man and a 36-year-old Farwell woman at the home. 

Police said the grow operation was not being conducted in accordance with a medical marijuana facility. Marijuana bust on Territorial RoadSOURCE-

MichiganLive

Disabled woman to spend night in jail for stealing electricity

New Delhi,INDIA:

A 70-year-old handicapped woman, convicted for aiding electricity theft in her premises, has been sentenced to undergo imprisonment till the rising of the court by a Delhi court.

The court held Delhi-resident Zafari Begum guilty under the provisions of the Electricity Act and also asked her to pay the electricity bill of Rs 1.32 lakh which was raised by the power distribution company BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd. Additional sessions judge Suresh Kumar Gupta said that the convict deserved a lenient view as no purpose would be served by “imposing harsh punishment” on the old woman. “She (Begum) is more than 70 years old. She is a differently abled person. No purpose will be served by imposing a harsh punishment. Keeping in view the facts as stated above, I am of the view that convict deserves a lenient view. Hence, convict is sentenced to undergo imprisonment till rising of the court,” the judge said.

According to BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd, during an inspection conducted by company officials on October 23, 2007 at Begum’s premises, it was found that no electricity meter was installed and Wahid, Abdul and Sageer, co-accused in the case who were declared as proclaimed offenders by the court after they did not appear before it, were using the electricity. The company claimed that Wahid, Abdul and Sageer, who were residing at Begum’s premises, indulged in direct theft of electricity by tapping power from the main lines.

It said that Begum was the owner of the premises and she had “aided and abetted” electricity theft and the connected load was found to be for industrial, domestic and commercial purposes as well.SOURCE-DECCAN HERALD

No power cuts this summer: Minister

Residents can heave a sigh of relief. Haryana power minister Ajay Singh Yadav on Monday ruled out the possibility of electricity-related problems, saying all power plants in the state are functioning properly.

“We will get 1424 MW supply from private power firm Adani. All the power plants of Yamuna Nagar, Jhajjar and Khedar are running successfully,” Yadav told reporters here.

The minister who visited the city to meet Congress workers said the city’s current demand of 9345 MW is being met the present supply.
Answering a query whether the government would be able to supply adequate power to industries if they pay more, the minister said the government has already launched a scheme in this regard. “We will provide adequate power supply to industries and urban areas,” he added.

 

 

Yadav also said that the government is ready for round-the-clock power supply even to villages, provided the transmission losses are reduced to less than 25%. The minister said transmission wires would be concealed in PVC pipes to curb power theft in villages. The state government would spend R500 crore on this project. The government has also set up eight special police stations to check power thefts in the state.
Yadav said the power utilities are suffering losses to the tune of R28,000 crore, 50% of which would be borne by the state government and the rest would be met through long-term loans.

About the power supply in Gurgaon, Yadav admitted that in January, the electricity consumption was around 150 lakh units per day, which was likely to be increased to 200 lakh units per day during summer.

Earlier, Essar Group, a multi-billion dollar steel-to-power conglomerate, has proposed to set up its own power distribution network for power supply in Gurgaon.SOURCE-THE HINDUSTAN TIMES

 

CESU begins cash reward scheme to check power theft

Faced with high commercial and technical loss of about 47 per cent, power theft being the major reason, the Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU) has announced a cash reward scheme for whistle-blowers.

Those giving information on power theft will be rewarded with cash while the name of the whistle-blower will be kept secret. The cash reward will be given to the informer only after realisation of penalty from the defaulting consumer. “5 per cent of the realised amount (excluding the energy charges) will be given to informer while an equal amount will be distributed among the employees of CESU,” Chief Executive Officer of the utility Sudarsan Nayak told this paper.

Of the amount to be distributed among the CESU employees, 3 per cent will be given to members of the raiding party and 1 per cent each to officials concerned.

The main objective of the scheme is to create an awareness among the public on power theft and its negative impact on the consumers and the company as well. Checking power theft will not be possible without active support of the public and the field staff of the company, Nayak said. Each complaint will be given a unique number and put under a tracking system of the designated officers.

The designated officer, based on the information received, will ask either central meter reading and testing (MRT) team at different divisions or divisional engineer or central vigilance officer (CVO) or police stations to conduct raid in those places.

Based on the squad report, the assessing officer will raise the penal bill against the consumers involved in power pilferage, with a copy to the designated officer.

The names of the whistle-blowers will not be in public domain and will not be divulged under the RTI Act on the grounds of business secrecy, the CESU CEO said.

A consolidated amount of `500 per arrest will be given to the officer-in-charge of the police station of the CESU area to encourage action against power pilferage.

On an average, CESU is incurring a loss of `750 cr per annum due to commercial and technical loss.

SOURCE-INDIAN EXPRESS

No power problem this summer: Haryana government

CHANDIGARH: The Haryana governmenttoday said people would not face problems regarding electricity supply this summer as all the power plants in the state were functioning properly. 

At present, the demand for power in the state is around 9,345 MW and power utilities were meeting this demand, state's Power Minister Ajay Singh Yadav said in a release. 

He said that state would get 1,424 MW electricity from Adani Power (Gujarat) as per an agreement signed with it. 

Moreover, all the power plants of Yamunagar, Jhajjar, Khedar are running successfully. 

He said the government is ready to supply round the clock power supply even to the villages, provided the line losses are reduced to less than 25 per cent. 

The state government has set up eight special police stations to check power theft in the state. 

To curb power theft, PVC pipes will be installed in villages for which the state government has earmarked fund of Rs 500 crore. 

"This experiment was done in two villages of district Hisar where the line loses were about 60 per cent. There it proved successful and the line losses were reduced drastically," he added. 

Meanwhile, Yadav said Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will be Chief Guest at theCongress rally at Meerpur in district Rewari on April 25. 

The Chief Minister will inaugurate and lay foundation stone of a number of projects near the rally site on that day. 

Gujarat government may merge 4 power distribution companies

GUJARAT,INDIA.Eight years after the Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB) was un-bundled into separate holding, generation, transmission and distribution companies, the state government is now thinking of merging the four power distribution companies into one entity. 

In 2005, the GEB was un-bundled into separate entities under the Electricity Act of 2003, as part of the restructuring of the electricity sector to improve efficiency in management and delivery of services to consumers.

The exercise led to the creation of Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL), which is the holding company; Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) for generation business; and Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Limited (GETCO) for electricity transmission.

Dakshin Gujarat Vij Company Limited (DGVCL), Madhya Gujarat Vij Company Limited (MGVCL), Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Limited (UGVCL), and Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Limited (PGVCL) were formed for distributing power in the south, central, north and Saurashtra regions of the state, respectively.

However, just eight years down the line, the government is now contemplating merging back the four distribution companies. 

“The proposal to merge the discoms is under consideration. No decision has been taken yet,” DJ Pandian, principal secretary, energy & petrochemicals department, told dna.

A source said that the entity proposed to be formed by merging the four distribution companies is likely to be named Gujarat Vij Vitran Nigam Limited (GVVNL).

A senior official of one of the distribution companies said that individual discoms are facing issues such as load management and maintaining uniform tariff. The discoms do not have enough negotiating power and face problems in fulfilling financial obligations. There is a feeling that all this can be avoided by forming a single company.

“There are also operational issues in implementation of availability-based tariff (ABT), which has financial implications when one discom is under-drawing power and another is over-drawing. In the case of a single discom, demand can be met in an optimal manner,” the official said.

Tax implication is another key reason behind the proposal.

“There will be huge tax liabilities as transactions between GUVNL and discoms can now be covered under the ambit of specified domestic transaction under Transfer Pricing Regulation scenario. Part of this can be avoided in the case of a single company,” said an official.

The GUVNL has proposed keeping intact the existing organizational structure after re-bundling of the discoms.

“The entity formed by re-bundling the discoms can be headed by an MD. The discoms can work under a single board as zonal offices. The heads of zonal offices will be MDs or CEOs of the respective existing discom,” explained a senior GUVNL official.

There was strong opposition from GEB employees when the proposal to un-bundle the board was mooted by the government back then. However, employees are believed to be in favour of the latest move.

A senior official said that un-bundling of GEB was primarily aimed at reducing its mounting losses, curbing rampant power theft and providing functional autonomy. It was also felt that the move would help in inculcating greater competitiveness among the companies, he said.

The purpose has more or less been achieved as the four distribution companies are among the best in the country. The Gujarat discoms were the only ones in the country to have received the top rating of A+ in an exercise commissioned by the power ministry.

An industry observer said that the purpose of carving out separate discoms had been partly achieved, but operating efficiency has come down due to increased employee burden at the corporate level.

“Previously, a few people were managing affairs at the state-level. Now, four different companies, each of them having their own administrative staff, are doing it,” he said.SOURCE-DNA

DVC seeks World Bank loan for revamp

RANCHI:INDIA The Damodar Valley Corporation(DVC) is contemplating functioning as a distribution company for low tension (LT) domestic consumers in its command area following a request from the Jharkhand government provided it has the leeway of adopting corrective measures in the existing distribution mechanism. 

While the DVC has shown eagerness to take up the new job, it has rejected the distribution model of the Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) after identifying a large number of shortfalls that lead to very high transmission and distribution (T&D) losses. 

DVC chairman S N Sen said the distribution infrastructure of the JSEB was worn out and taking up LT power supply to domestic consumers in its command area would be a loss-making proposition for the corporation. "T&D losses of the JSEB are as high as 36% whereas the Jharkhand State Electricity Regulatory Commission has allowed only 18% T&D losses as admissible while deciding on the tariff petition," Sen told TOI adding that the DVC was not ready to suffer losses of such huge quantum. 

To introduce correction to the system, the DVC has proposed changes at two stages. It wants to introduce pre-paid cards for consumers using which power can be consumed as long as balance is left in the card. 

For BPL families, the DVC has proposed the government to recharge their cards instead of transferring the onus on the distribution company so that BPL families can enjoy power facility to a value as provided by the government. It has also plans to bring HT connection to a locality through overhead wires to feed a power grid which in turn will supply LT power to the consumers through underground cables. 

"The chances of hooking and theft will be considerably reduced in this model because once the power is converted to domestically usable LT supply, the cables will no longer remain over ground to be tampered with," Sen said. 

The DVC has estimated capital investment of around Rs 3,000 crore for which it has asked for state help. 
SOURCE-THE TIMES OF INDIA

Power Theft; Allahabad cops get UPPCL sop

YMBIOSIS No police station in the division has power meters, but pay ‘fixed’ amount yearly

ALLAHABAD: India  As many as 124 police stations and nearly 300 police outposts in four districts of Allahabad division — Allahabad, Pratapgarh, Fatehpur and Kaushambi — are without electricity meters. And the old meters installed in the remaining ones are defunct.

And when it comes to recovering power dues from the police department, the cashstrapped Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) develops cold feet, fearing losing the police’s support in operations against power theft.

The power authorities look the other way when it comes to the police because the latter often come to their rescue when mobs agitate against power cuts.

UPPCL’s Allahabad division chief engineer (distribution) AK Verma, however, said, “It is a fact that police stations and outposts in our division do not have electricity meters. It is between us. They pay us whenever they have funds. Hence there is no need for electricity meters in their police stations.”

He said the police department was an essential part of the corportion’s functioning and a fixed amount was charged from it every year.

Source.The Hindustan Times

James Grundvig: Detecting Power Theft by Sensors and the Cloud: Awesense Smart System for the Grid

 couple of realities have hit the electrical industry hard. First, the megastorm Hurricane Sandy hammered coastal towns and cities, such as New York and Boston, exposing the vulnerabilities of their aging infrastructure, from passive, dumb grid and fragile power lines, to transformers and power stations. Couple the degradation of power distribution with a nor’easter a month later, and Boston announced that it’s looking into burying its electrical lines underground to harden them against future storms.

The second issue, one that deals with the transformation of how power is generated and distributed has reduced energy cost to a point that it has finally put pressure on the low margin industry. In a report conducted by the Edison Electrical Institute (EEI): The cost of power generation from solar PV, wind, geothermal, micro-hydro, and fuel cells running on natural gas has been dropping dramatically.

The falling prices of distributed generation are impacting an industry that “directly threatens its centralized utility model.” In other words, investor-owned utilities, which “serve about 70% of the U.S. population,” are facing their first major challenge since Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison duked it out over AC or DC power more than a century ago.

An industry that’s regulated only to supply juice to its customers and regions–not to upgrade its aging systems–is facing a crisis. That’s what happens when the utilities have deferred maintenance for decades, squeezing the last watts of power out of each soon-to-fail grid system. If those were the utilities only problems the power producers might find its way through the ROI and new technology squeeze.

But add to those serious threats the “silent crime” of power theft, an annual multi-billion write-off to the utilities, and the challenges become that much more acute and symptomatic of an industry not adapting to changing times.

One Vancouver startup Awesense, founded by its CEO Mischa Steiner-Jovic in 2009, has built and now rolled out an end-to-end solution to identify power theft and loss.

Awesense, Covert and Effective
In speaking with CEO Mischa Steiner-Jovic via a telephone interview, he stated, “Our mission is to help utility companies with energy loss in their grid and distribution of the grid, while improve the most inefficient systems for customers of all sizes. We have developed both the sensors to detect energy loss, as well as mobile-cloud software. We started with one utility company in British Columbia to work on the system, tailor it, iron out the bugs, and built it up to a commercial offering before we went to other utilities with a beta version a year and a half ago.”

One of Awesense’s value-ads–’Find Power Theft’–is “part of two camps of energy losses,” Steiner-Jovic began to explain. “The first are technical losses, due to failing and degrading infrastructure, the non-peak performance of aging equipment. But then there are the non-technical losses. They include unpaid bills, ghost customers, poor accounting, power theft bypass that goes around the meters. And if meters can’t measure, then they can’t report, or charge customers.”

From the EEI study, it stated: The cheapest watt is the one you don’t have to generate, and the most expensive watt (for fossil-fueled power) is the one that has to be generated at peak times.

So having customers, from homeowners to businesses and industries bypass paying energy bills fits the criteria of the “cheapest watt.” CEO Steiner-Jovic added, “The quickest (and cheapest) ROI for utilities is to find energy loss to solve the non-technical losses.”

Yes, there’s a need to upgrade and harden equipment and power lines. But preventing power theft will “create a lot of savings,” Awesense CEO said.

How Awesense’s End-to-End Solution Works
Awesense began its journey by studying utilities’ historical data to identify the problem of energy loss and confirm power theft and inefficiencies in the transmission lines. But to develop better energy audits, Awesense had to design more than a cloud-based software. It had to get its hands on the actual data. And for power distribution there is only one place that happens: in the field.

So the company designed an oversize clothespin-like device called the “SenseNET Monitor” 
that clips onto a power line from the ground. With a portable device and two minutes, Awesense can identify gaps in and problems with power distribution. “We do it by cordoning off sections of the grid. And then figuring what are the devices used to send power and what are they billing? The difference between the two tells the story of power theft or loss,” Steiner-Jovic said.

“How big is the problem of power theft?” I asked.

“Sixteen billion a year in the United States and over $200 billion worldwide annually. In the U.S., the loss is a range between 8-12 percent. That tells us we know there’s a problem. In Brazil it’s 30 percent, which is a significant problem,” he said. “Now when you go to India or Pakistan, power loss is on the order of thirty, forty, fifty percent. Then you have a socioeconomic problem with large areas and pockets where people are siphoning off a great amount of energy.”

With security being of paramount concern for its customers and covertness to secretly identify the “silent crime” perpetrators, the clamp-sensor name SenseNET Monitor was a good fit and ties in nicely with the company’s SenseNET end-to-end solution.

In asking about when SenseNET would be deployed after a major storm with down lines and disrupted or blacked-out power, Steiner-Jovic said, “Awesense’s system is used several days after a major storm for energy analysis. The utility companies know what to do. It begins with the linemen’s job to restore the system, get the power flowing again. Once that is achieved, SenseNET can be used for energy flow comparing the energy balancing after a storm with historical levels prior to an event.”

Power Theft as Safety Hazard
Perhaps another unknown issue about power theft is the safety issues it proposes for the utility workers and people in general. Mr. Steiner-Jovic voiced his concern about when people bypass power lines and meters they do it in a haphazard way that puts workers lives at risk. “The line layouts change or when one becomes de-energized it’s a problem and a danger. Redirecting power with live lines can also become a fire hazard. Fire is a significant problem using high voltage loads in areas of low voltage. That puts first responders in harm’s way. And at times, it can overload the system,” he said.

The Awesense CEO went on to explain that the SenseNET Monitor was developed in concert with the certified electrical journeymen. “We wanted the field team to be directly involved with the design of the SenseNET Monitor, so that when they start to use it in the field they know exactly how to use it.” Call that a flat learning curve with most of the training done by Awesense to focus on ‘best practices.’

In telling the Awesense story, Mischa Steiner-Jovic sees the competition as stiff for the manufacturing of grid-line sensors and heavy enough for cloud software to analyze the field data of power distribution. But he hasn’t seen a truly end-to-end solution, a company like Awesense that develops the hardware in the sensor SenseNET Monitor and the software with the field mobile capabilities in one company.

With commercial customers on six of the seven continents of the world, Awesense appears to be leading the charge of delivery ROI to its customers by means of recouping the “cheapest watt” of power.

Man arrested for power theft; fined R1.6 lakh

Happy, a resident of Barapind village in Phillaur, was caught stealing powerwhen a raid was conducted at his residence. Sources said that he had been indulging in the practice for long. PSPCL has imposed a penalty of Rs 1.68,185 on the accused, who has been arrested under Powercom Act 2002, sources added.Source-The Hindustan Tmes

: NAB gives final warning to clear dues by April 19

Chairman NAB summoned representatives of ministries of Water and Power, Finance, Petroleum, FBR, NEPRA, Planning Commission, SSGCL and SNGPL during which numerous issues came to light, says a press release issued here on Wednesday. 

Despite clear instructions by the interim government that the priority of supply of gas would start with the general public, followed by efficient power producing companies and lastly "Captive power generators," govt instructions in this regards are being flouted and violated. Captive power generators units are provided gas at subsidised rates so that they can provide electricity to industries. However, some of the captive power generators are still being provided gas at subsidised rates, but are selling electricity back to the govt at full rates, this is an instance of corruption, which is not possible without connivance of government functionaries. 

Another related issue that came to light is the fact that govt instructions clearly stated that priority of provision of subsidised gas to Independent Power Producers (IPPs) would go to those which are efficient power producers having more than 50 percent efficiency. Again, in violation of these instructions, subsidised gas is still being provided to inefficient IPPs. 

Representative of NEPRA also pointed that, while NEPRA is responsible for fixing the tariff rates, ministries issue the notification of tariffs, which is frequently delayed, resulting in losses to the IPPs as well as to the public at large. In addition, representative of NEPRA held the view that, in some instances, line losses and loss due to theft of electricity ranged between 50 to 80 percent of the power being produced. NEPRA will provide details of these instances to NAB shortly. 

In addition, in order to favour large land holders, electricity is being provided for tube wells at the flat rate of Rs 8 per unit, resulting in enormous loss to the exchequer and to the suffering of the general public, which is criminal, revealing that no single organ of the state was responsible for the mess that has been created in the power sector; nor is there any integrated energy management policy. 

In view of this appalling state of affairs, Chairman NAB has issued the following instructions: 

a) Government orders/instructions must be followed strictly in letter and spirit. 

b) Gas will be provided in accordance with laid down priorities with the highest priority going to the public at large followed by efficient power producers. 

c) An inquiry will be conducted by NAB to decide whether the decision to provide electricity to tube wells at a flat rate had a criminal aspect or not. 

d) The final date of clearing overdue electricity bills is April 19. All defaulters, including govt organisations must clear their dues or face criminal proceedings. 

e) Chairman NAB held the view that re-appropriation of amount by ministries/organisations was unnecessary for clearance of electricity dues and instructed all govt organisations to clear their dues forthwith. 

f) Regulators were instructed to ensure that they perform their assigned role in accordance with the law; failing which NAB will proceed against individuals and/ or organisations. 

g) Henceforth NAB will monitor the function of the entire power sector, including SSGCL and SNGPL, to ensure relief of provision of gas to the public at large, as well as maximum efficient power generation, also intended to bring relief to the public at large. 

This is the final warning to all individual, government institutions, government functionaries and, if not heeded, criminal proceedings will be initiated by NAB against all violators. Meantime, NAB will look into the role of regulators and government functionaries to decide whether to initiate criminal proceedings against them.-PR 
 


SOURCE-BUSINESS RECORDER

Rising cost of power tariffs in UP, result of political game

Rising cost of power tariffs in UP, result of political game

 

 
 
Lucknow: Apart from the heat this summer, power cuts are the main reason that makes us all fume. In Uttar Pradesh, the situation turns more tragic as the Power Corporation is indulged in scams (read here) and the rest of bitterness is added by the pilfering of electricity. Wickedness of which, is faced by the citizen who are sincere in paying the cost, even though they know that it is unfair. The surprising reality that arrives in the state is that most of the power theft is carried out in cities from where hail the major players of politics.

The startling revelation comes after a handful cities were prearranged a 24 hour power supply. On the average, the state of Uttar Pradesh extracts revenue of only 37 percent and the rest is received as a jolt to the State Power Corporation. The condition of a revenue generation gets even poorer when we approach single significant districts that are the indigenously linked to the influential names in the political parties of the state. In some case, the loss in revenue beats as much as 75 percent.

One can compare the Aggregate Technical and Commercial Loss (AT & C Loss) of India to countries like Japan and Singapore where it stands at mere 4-5 percent but in India, the figures stand way high. AT & C Loss happens when the cost of electricity billing is not received. Experts say that the key reason to this occurrence is pilfering of electricity only.

The maximum losses have been incurred from the cities like Kannauj, Etawah, Farrukhabad, Sambhal, Urai, Bheemnagar, Shamli, Jhansi, Lalitpur, Mirzapur, Saharanpur, Ferozabad, Rampur, Mainpuri, Hathras, Ghazipur, Baraeli. For example, Akhilesh Yadav's wife is from Kannauj, Etawah is the home district for Shivpal Yadav, Cabinet Minister Azam Khan hails from Rampur, Mulayam Singh from Mainpuri, Om Prakash Singh from Ghazipur, Ram Gopal Yadav's son from Ferozabad.

Clearly, these handful cities have registered skyscraping losses to the state power generation but the state conversely tries to pull out the loss by imposing higher tariffs on the consumers, thereby, expanding complexities in their private funds. The ministers and officials from the power department double-cross the innocent consumers who fall prey to the corrupt deeds and wrong doings, happening in the state power corporation.

The power department detests taking action in these cities as the ministers belong to the ruling party; eventually, citizens end up paying the rising costs of electricity, halfheartedly.source-parda pash

LHC seeks ministry’s report on power theft, outages

LAHORE, April 15: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Monday directed the ministry of water and power to submit a report on the steps taken to control electricity theft and loadshedding.

Earlier, ministry’s joint secretary Zargham Shah appeared in the court and stated that shortage of water in dams and gas were the main reasons of recent increase in power loadshedding.

The judge was hearing a petition questioning “discriminatory and unannounced electricity loadshedding in Punjab”. Wapda’s counsel told the court that Kot Addu power plant was not functional due to unavailability of gas.

The petitioner’s counsel pointed out that the decision of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) on withdrawal of 300MW electricity from the KESC and supply it to the national grid had not been implemented so far.

Shah told the court that the Sindh High Court had issued a stay order against the decision.

The chief justice adjourned the hearing till April 19 and directed the ministry to apprise the court of the steps taken to control electricity theft and loadshedding.

Petitioner Azhar Siddique submitted to the court that currently cities were facing power loadshedding of more than 16 hours and it was even severer in rural areas of the province.

NOTICE: The Lahore High Court Complaint Cell on Monday took notice of the alleged rape of a teenage girl for eight months and directed the district and sessions judge of Lahore to submit a detailed report on the progress of police into the case.

Shamim, mother of the 14-year-old victim, got a case registered with the Liaquatabad Police Station and alleged that her daughter went to her uncle Rana Saleem, who took her to an unknown place and raped her for eight months.

The complaint cell directed the district and sessions judge to submit his report on the case within a week.SOURCE-DAWN.COM

Power privatisation: Staff threaten indefinite strike

LUCKNOW:INDIA In what could come as a big worry for the Samajwadi Party government during the peak of summers, power employees have threatened to go on indefinite work boycott from May 13 in protest of state government decision to privatise power distribution in four cities. May 13 happens to be the date when consultant to study the feasibility of the privatisation of distribution of electricity in Kanpur, Meerut, Ghaziabad and Varanasi will be finalised by the state government. On Monday, power employees held demonstrations in various district headquarters and offices against the move.

Shailendra Dubey convener of Vidyut Karamchari Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti said employees of various corporations of energy department will go on indefinite work boycott if the state government did not cancel the bid inviting applications from technical consultants. He said though employees of generation and transmission have been kept away from the agitation in the first phase, the situation would take a turn for the worse if the decision was not reversed.

The samiti said in a statement that the policy of privatisation served no other purpose but of privatising profits and nationalising losses. The samiti claimed the average revenue recovery in the state has been at Rs 2.35 per unit, while the line losses have been at 37.35%. But, in case of various divisions of Ghaziabad the revenue recovery has been between Rs 4.38 and Rs 4.54 per unit, while the line losses have been between 13.20% and 16.65%.Other cities where privatisation is proposed too have been performing relatively well. Meerut, for example, has a revenue recovery rate of 3.13 per unit. The city registers line losses of 35.42%. Kanpur too has an average revenue recovery of Rs 3.30 per unit, while its line losses hover around 32%.Cities selected for privatisation, the samiti claimed, have higher revenue recovery. This only suggests that privatisation of power distribution in these cities is being done with the purpose of giving leverage to private houses who will earn profits.source-times of india

Detecting Power Theft by Sensors and the Cloud: Awesense Smart System for the Grid

A couple of realities have hit the electrical industry hard. First, the megastorm Hurricane Sandy hammered coastal towns and cities, such as New York and Boston, exposing the vulnerabilities of their aging infrastructure, from passive, dumb grid and fragile power lines, to transformers and power stations. Couple the degradation of power distribution with a nor'easter a month later, and Boston announced that it's looking into burying its electrical lines underground to harden them against future storms.

The second issue, one that deals with the transformation of how power is generated and distributed has reduced energy cost to a point that it has finally put pressure on the low margin industry. In a report conducted by the Edison Electrical Institute (EEI): The cost of power generation from solar PV, wind, geothermal, micro-hydro, and fuel cells running on natural gas has been dropping dramatically.

The falling prices of distributed generation are impacting an industry that "directly threatens its centralized utility model." In other words, investor-owned utilities, which "serve about 70% of the U.S. population," are facing their first major challenge since Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison duked it out over AC or DC power more than a century ago.

An industry that's regulated only to supply juice to its customers and regions--not to upgrade its aging systems--is facing a crisis. That's what happens when the utilities have deferred maintenance for decades, squeezing the last watts of power out of each soon-to-fail grid system. If those were the utilities only problems the power producers might find its way through the ROI and new technology squeeze.

But add to those serious threats the "silent crime" of power theft, an annual multi-billion write-off to the utilities, and the challenges become that much more acute and symptomatic of an industry not adapting to changing times.

One Vancouver startup Awesense, founded by its CEO Mischa Steiner-Jovic in 2009, has built and now rolled out an end-to-end solution to identify power theft and loss.

Awesense, Covert and Effective
In speaking with CEO Mischa Steiner-Jovic via a telephone interview, he stated, "Our mission is to help utility companies with energy loss in their grid and distribution of the grid, while improve the most inefficient systems for customers of all sizes. We have developed both the sensors to detect energy loss, as well as mobile-cloud software. We started with one utility company in British Columbia to work on the system, tailor it, iron out the bugs, and built it up to a commercial offering before we went to other utilities with a beta version a year and a half ago."

One of Awesense's value-ads--'Find Power Theft'--is "part of two camps of energy losses," Steiner-Jovic began to explain. "The first are technical losses, due to failing and degrading infrastructure, the non-peak performance of aging equipment. But then there are the non-technical losses. They include unpaid bills, ghost customers, poor accounting, power theft bypass that goes around the meters. And if meters can't measure, then they can't report, or charge customers."

From the EEI study, it stated: The cheapest watt is the one you don't have to generate, and the most expensive watt (for fossil-fueled power) is the one that has to be generated at peak times.

So having customers, from homeowners to businesses and industries bypass paying energy bills fits the criteria of the "cheapest watt." CEO Steiner-Jovic added, "The quickest (and cheapest) ROI for utilities is to find energy loss to solve the non-technical losses."

Yes, there's a need to upgrade and harden equipment and power lines. But preventing power theft will "create a lot of savings," Awesense CEO said.

How Awesense's End-to-End Solution Works
Awesense began its journey by studying utilities' historical data to identify the problem of energy loss and confirm power theft and inefficiencies in the transmission lines. But to develop better energy audits, Awesense had to design more than a cloud-based software. It had to get its hands on the actual data. And for power distribution there is only one place that happens: in the field.

So the company designed an oversize clothespin-like device called the "SenseNET Monitor" 
that clips onto a power line from the ground. With a portable device and two minutes, Awesense can identify gaps in and problems with power distribution. "We do it by cordoning off sections of the grid. And then figuring what are the devices used to send power and what are they billing? The difference between the two tells the story of power theft or loss," Steiner-Jovic said.

"How big is the problem of power theft?" I asked.

"Sixteen billion a year in the United States and over $200 billion worldwide annually. In the U.S., the loss is a range between 8-12 percent. That tells us we know there's a problem. In Brazil it's 30 percent, which is a significant problem," he said. "Now when you go to India or Pakistan, power loss is on the order of thirty, forty, fifty percent. Then you have a socioeconomic problem with large areas and pockets where people are siphoning off a great amount of energy."

With security being of paramount concern for its customers and covertness to secretly identify the "silent crime" perpetrators, the clamp-sensor name SenseNET Monitor was a good fit and ties in nicely with the company's SenseNET end-to-end solution.

In asking about when SenseNET would be deployed after a major storm with down lines and disrupted or blacked-out power, Steiner-Jovic said, "Awesense's system is used several days after a major storm for energy analysis. The utility companies know what to do. It begins with the linemen's job to restore the system, get the power flowing again. Once that is achieved, SenseNET can be used for energy flow comparing the energy balancing after a storm with historical levels prior to an event."

Power Theft as Safety Hazard
Perhaps another unknown issue about power theft is the safety issues it proposes for the utility workers and people in general. Mr. Steiner-Jovic voiced his concern about when people bypass power lines and meters they do it in a haphazard way that puts workers lives at risk. "The line layouts change or when one becomes de-energized it's a problem and a danger. Redirecting power with live lines can also become a fire hazard. Fire is a significant problem using high voltage loads in areas of low voltage. That puts first responders in harm's way. And at times, it can overload the system," he said.

The Awesense CEO went on to explain that the SenseNET Monitor was developed in concert with the certified electrical journeymen. "We wanted the field team to be directly involved with the design of the SenseNET Monitor, so that when they start to use it in the field they know exactly how to use it." Call that a flat learning curve with most of the training done by Awesense to focus on 'best practices.'

In telling the Awesense story, Mischa Steiner-Jovic sees the competition as stiff for the manufacturing of grid-line sensors and heavy enough for cloud software to analyze the field data of power distribution. But he hasn't seen a truly end-to-end solution, a company like Awesense that develops the hardware in the sensor SenseNET Monitor and the software with the field mobile capabilities in one company.

With commercial customers on six of the seven continents of the world, Awesense appears to be leading the charge of delivery ROI to its customers by means of recouping the "cheapest watt" of power.

 
 

COURTESY-

POWER THEFT IN MADHYA PRADESH

Congress party’s Parivartan Yatra resumed from tribal-dominated Mandla district on Monday. It’s the second leg of the Parivartan Yatra undertaken by state Congress chief Kantilal Bhuria and leader of the Opposition in the state assembly Ajay Singh with the objective of exposing the alleged failures of the BJP regime in Madhya Pradesh.

In the first phase of the yatra, the two leaders had covered the districts of Sidhi and Singrauli.

Addressing public meetings at Jamthar and Dindori, Bhuria said that on one hand, the BJP government was unable to supply power in rural areas and farmers were being sent to jail on charges of power theft and on the other hand, the Union government had allocated Rs 5,000 crore to the state government in the past couple of years to provide power in rural areas but its impact is nowhere to be seen.

Referring to BJP’s tribal leader Phaggan Singh Kulaste, Bhuria said he had gone to jail in ‘note for vote’ scam and he was a nobody in the BJP. He added the BJP leaders might recite Ram’s name but they have no qualms in committing crimes and atrocities on people, particularly people of the weaker sections.

Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Ajay Singh said Uma Bharti, who led the BJP to power in 2003, was thrown out of the party and she is now an MLA from Uttar Pradesh. Chief minister had assured that Nainpur block would be made a district five years ago but it has not been done till now.

source-the hindustan times

Power woes: Distribution losses continue unabated

LUCKNOW: Summers are here and so is shortage of power. Adding to the problem are distribution losses, which continue to be very high.

Around 30% of the total electricity supplied to consumers gets lost in the distribution chain because of unavoidable technical reasons to some extent but mostly because of theft due to consumer-staff connivance. Curiously, there has not been any dip in the loss over the years, with discoms projecting the same reduction trajectory for years.

In the latest tariff revision proposal submitted to the UP Electricity Regulatory Commission ( UPERC), the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) projected distribution losses to be around 30% in 2011-12, 27% in 2012-13 and 25% in 2013-14. The same trajectory was projected in the tariff proposal for 200809 as well when the corporation had informed the regulator that its distribution losses were expected to be 28% in 2008 and 24% in 2009. “The amount of distribution losses that the UPPCL has now projected for 2011-12 are even higher than what it had projected for 2008 around six-seven years ago,” pointed out an official in the UPERC.

“The UPPCL is projecting the same loss reduction plan every year. This only shows there has been no serious attempt on the discoms’ part to control powertheft and reduce distribution losses,” he added.

UP Rajya Upbhokta Parishad president Awadhesh Kumar Verma claimed the UPPCL could tackle power crunch to some extent by effectively controlling powertheft and distribution losses.

“Ideally, distribution losses should not be more than 15% and any loss beyond that is nothing but power theft,” he said.

Meanwhile, the entire state continued to reel under massive power cuts on Sunday as well though daytime demand for