Power suppliers told to tackle energy stolen to grow cannabis

Suzie Neuwirth
UK ENERGY regulator Ofgem yesterday proposed new rules for power suppliers to tackle electricity theft, which it says costs consumers at least £200m per year.

The industry watchdog said that around 25,000 cases of electricity theft are detected each year, a third of which is used to power cannabis farms. Companies will face a fine if they do not comply with the new proposals, which include setting up a national theft risk assessment service to help them target premises where they suspect electricity is being stolen.

Other plans include a new industry code of practice governing theft investigations and working more closely with the Home Office and local police forces.

British Gas estimates that electricity theft costs consumers £200m per year, £7 per household.