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.