CVEC purchases more than $54 million in wholesale energy annually. Of that, we lose about 6-7 percent of the energy on the distribution lines between CVEC substations and the members’ meters. National utility data tells us that 3-4 percent of that is attributable to “line loss” where energy dissipates due to heating or inefficiencies along the 4500 miles of distribution line.
That leaves a possible 2-3 percent of the $54 million of wholesale energy purchased annually being lost due to current diversion, where members have found a way to bypass or to defeat the meter on their home or business. While CVEC is constantly working to reduce the amount of line loss, the Co-op is activating an enhanced Loss Prevention Program to reduce the amount of energy that is lost due to theft. The program will help CVEC identify the location on the distribution system where a member has bypassed the meter to avoid paying for energy.
There are three important reasons to reduce current diversion.
While this is a difficult subject, CVEC is committed to reducing energy theft as a matter of safety and fairness between members. Your Co-op thanks you in advance for your assistance in reducing the cost of energy for all members. Help us where you can and advise your friends and neighbors that current diversion is unfair at best, illegal, and can be deadly.
If you suspect power theft, please click the icon to the left and submit the online form. It can be sent anonymously to CVEC.
CVEC has a number of ways to detect current diversion. One of the low-tech methods is for CVEC to inspect meter seals. CVEC service people attach a small wire ring that has a plastic lock to the meter base and CVEC employees are the only ones authorized to break the seal. Please alert CVEC if your meter seal is broken so that we can replace it. According to CVEC’s Terms and Conditions, anyone cutting the seal to enter the meter base is guilty of meter tampering.