Endesa hunts down electricity fraud in Malaga

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Endesa hunts down electricity fraud in Malaga
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Endesa hunts down electricity fraud in Spain’s Malaga.

So far this year more than 160 cases of electricity fraud have been detected in Malaga. Endesa is working hard to stamp out this problem. The majority of the illegal connections to the grid were due to illegal marijuana plantations.

Endesa in conjunction with the authorities has carried out nearly 250 actions to prevent energy theft. Over the last two years, the number of inspections has been increasing. Endesa is cracking down on people illegally connecting to the grid without a contract.

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The company is using new technology to help detect fraud. It is using artificial intelligence which has revolutionised the detection of energy theft. Last year the company discovered energy was being stolen during one out of every two inspections carried out in the province of Malaga. In 2020 a staggering 184 frauds were discovered by only 269 inspections.

Fraud is getting more complicated. Traditional methods involve double connections and bridges. The company is now seeing more innovative measures including printed circuit boards being added to metres. The company recently commented: “We are detecting a large number of frauds with a precision that would have been difficult to imagine just a few years ago.”

Electricity fraud affects society as a whole. The cost of stolen electricity has to be incurred somewhere and this increasingly falls on consumers. The dodgy and illegal connections also pose a fire risk in many cases.



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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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