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New Member - Spark Energy

The UKRPA continues to grow in strength, welcoming Spark Energy as a new Associate Member. 

The UKRPA has become the ‘go to’ place for revenue protection matters, making good use of its relationships with government, Ofgem, police, fire, and a wide range of key stakeholders. Spark Energy, an energy supply company, becomes the 16th member of the Association, enhancing the UKRPA’s ability to represent an ever broader spectrum of industry wide concerns and perspectives.  

In welcoming Spark Energy, Tony Thornton, UKRPA Chairman, said: “We are delighted to welcome Spark Energy as a member of the Association. Spark Energy’s commitment to the UKRPA reflects their commendable position towards proactively detecting and preventing energy theft. We are hopeful that many more organisations will follow suit”.

Following a successful year, the Association will be looking to continue increasing its visibility and influence in 2015 in its endeavour to help detect and prevent utility theft. Visit the UKRPA website for more information.

Chris Gauld, Chief Executive Officer of Spark Energy said, “It’s really important for us to offer all of our customers a great deal and great service. We don’t think it’s right that some people choose to avoid paying for their energy and our UKRPA membership will go some way to ensuring that all customers are fairly treated and are able access the cheapest possible prices on the market”. 

 

Black Market Britain

Channel 5 Catch Meter Tamperer at Work

The UKRPA recently came together with the team behind Channel 5's Black Market Britain to produce a special 'Undercover Benefits Cheat' edition of their programme.

The episode aired on 6th November 2014, and includes the filming of an electricity meter tamper in progress, in a property set up for a sting operation.

The episode also included other criminal stings, including shoplifting, illegal immigration and bank note forgery.

You can view the episode online at http://www.channel5.com/shows/black-market-britain-undercover-sting 

Channel 5 has also included UKRPA contact details as 'helpful information' to viewers on its website.

Fraud Contact List Updated

The UKRPA Contact List for suspected fraud has been updated, including updates to existing contact details and new contacts for two smaller supply companies.

The updated list can be found on the 'Who to Contact' page.

Alternatively, fraud reports can be sent directly and anonymously to the UKRPA via the Report Energy Fraud.

UKRPA Seminar

UKRPA Seminar - Introduction to the Revenue Protection Industry

25th November, Gemserv

The UK Revenue Protection Association (UKRPA) will be hosting its latest seminar on Tuesday 25th November 2014 (09:30 – 16:00).

Expert industry speakers will provide attendees with a thorough introduction to the Revenue Protection industry, including an overview of current and future legislation, tips on how to identify meter tampers, a look at the interaction between the industry and the emergency services, and the challenges faced during the course of prosecution.

  INTRODUCTION TO THE UKRPA

  REVENUE PROTECTION: REGULATING MARKET PARTICIPANTS

  A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A SUPPLIER REVENUE PROTECTION UNIT

  TWELVE WAYS TO SPOT A METER TAMPER

 WORKING TOGETHER WITH THE EMERGENCY SERVICES

  TAKING ACTION TO PROSECUTE

  OPPORTUNITIES FOR QUESTION AND ANSWERS

The intended audience for this seminar includes: small suppliers, distribution networks, those new to the revenue protection industry, social housing associations, private landlords, local councils, and all those who wish to learn more about issues affecting revenue protection activities.

This event will provide attendees with the opportunity to get up to speed with the fundamentals of the industry, as well as the chance to network with a variety of industry participants.

Nominated attendees and any relevant invoicing information should be returned via the booking form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 14th November 2014.

For venue information, visit the Gemserv website.

 

Costs for the Day – UKRPA Members

UKRPA Members will be entitled to one free place. All additional places will be charged at £200 + VAT per person.

 

Costs for the Day – Non-Members

Places for non-UKRPA Members will be charged at £300 + VAT per person.

 

Terms and Conditions

In the event of cancellation of your booking:

 

No later than 31st October 2014: full refund 

No later than 7th November 2014: 50% refund

After 14th November 2014: no refund available

 

Any attendee booked on the seminar (including via a free place) who fails to attend without prior notice will be liable to pay the full non-members rate.

 

Utilita Accedes as a UKRPA Member

The UKRPA welcomes Utilita as the fifteen member of the Association.

In welcoming Utilita, Tony Thornton, UKRPA Chairman, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Utilita as a member of the Association. It is pleasing when organisations such as Utilita believes in the value of co-operation, and shared industry experience and intelligence that can take place under the auspices of the UKRPA. I have no doubt that other organisations will wish to follow in the footsteps of Utilita.”

Jim Garrett, Operations Director for Utilita, added:

“We pride ourselves on striving to continuously improve the services we offer for our customers. It is right that we take steps to help ensure a safe supply environment for all.

“Given there is an estimated £400m of energy theft taking place, it is wrong for our law abiding customers to have to meet the costs attributed to energy theft. We have chosen to join the UKRPA as a demonstration of our commitment to these values and I look forward to Utilita being an active member of the Association.”

Please see the UKRPA Press Release for further information.

UKRPA Responds to Ofgem Next-Day Switching Consultation

The UKRPA has today submitted its response to Ofgem's consultation Moving to Reliable Next-Day Switching.

The UKRPA cautions that "the challenges of dealing with energy theft within even greater time constraints may exasperate the ability for energy companies to be able to deal with energy theft situations".

The full UKRPA response can be found here.

Ofgem Guidance on Suppliers' Rights in Case of Theft

Ofgem has published an open letter with guidance on suppliers' rights and obligations in the case of gas or electricity theft.

The letter includes clarification for suppliers with regard to:

  • Disconnection and meter removal
  • Discontinuing supply and interation with the duty to supply
  • Marketing gas / electricity to domestic customers.

The open letter can be found here.

UKRPA Response to Sentencing Council Consultation

The UKRPA has submitted its response to the Sentencing Council consultation on Sentencing Guidelines for Theft Offences.

The response can be found here.

UKRPA Response to Ofgem's "Tackling Electricity Theft - The Way Forward"

The UKRPA welcomed the opportunity to respond to Ofgem's Decision Document "Tackling Electricity Theft - The Way Forward". The UKRPA was delighted to note that the positive work carried out by the Association was recognised in the Ofgem document.

This response follows on from the UKRPA’s response to Ofgem’s consultation in August last year. The UKRPA welcome any opportunities to discuss further any areas of interest related to this response.

The full UKRPA Response can be found here.

UKRPA Newsletter Issue 05

The UKRPA newsletter has now been published. Click below to access the latest issue.

UKRPA Newsletter Issue 05


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