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Stealing Power: It’s Illegal Unless the Government Does It

Daily Duh: February 11, 2022

Energy transmission and distribution: Power theft in India | Nature Energy
Some­thing tells me these aren’t the first guys to do this.

Hijack­ing pow­er is real­ly easy and real­ly dan­ger­ous: Get some wire; attach a hook to one end; climb up a pole and drop the hook on a live pow­er line.

If you sur­vive, con­grats! Now you have elec­tric­i­ty and you don’t have to wor­ry about pay­ing for it!

(You do need to wor­ry about you or a loved one get­ting killed by an improp­er­ly ground­ed appli­ance, elec­tri­cal fires, explod­ing trans­form­ers or oth­er cat­a­stro­phes, but still.)

Long sto­ry short, pow­er theft in devel­op­ing coun­tries is a huge prob­lem, which is why Britain’s Nation­al Grid just launched a pilot pro­gram to steal pow­er from elec­tric cars.

No real­ly.

If your elec­tric car’s plugged in in your garage, Nation­al Grid can stop charg­ing it and instead drain it to boost the grid when sup­plies are low.

Why are they both­er­ing with a tri­al pro­gram? They need to see if it will work, of course, but do they think their cus­tomers are going to enjoy dis­cov­er­ing Nation­al Grid siphoned their car dry when it’s time to go to work?

LESA's 'Good Morning Team' to check power theft in Lucknow - Hindustan Times
There’s got­ta be two, maybe three pay­ing cus­tomers buried in there.

 

 

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