IID launches energy theft campaign

IID launches energy theft campaign

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IMPERIAL COUNTY, CA- Over 250 incidents of energy theft have been reported in Imperial County in the last year.

Today, the Imperial Irrigation District launched a campaign to draw attention to the issue. 

The district is asking the public to report any suspicious activities regarding energy theft. 

Energy theft includes anything from residents tapping into their neighbor's energy source, to illegally adjusting the meter. 

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the International Utilities Revenue Protection Association, energy theft causes a loss of 2 to 4 percent in annual sales for utilities. While that may not seem like a lot, it equals up to 6 billion dollars a year. 

The losses cause rates to increase, something that, not only residents want to avoid, but the district as well. 

"We're very concerned about the rates and sensitive to our rate payers here in the valley", says IID Communications Specialist, Robert Schettler. "Anything we can do to keep those rates low like they are is good for all of us. If we could stop some of that energy theft, we'll save some money." 

The Imperial Irrigation District urges residents that if energy theft is suspected, to please contact the district or local law enforcement immediately.

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