News & Events
Revenue Protection on BBC's The One Show - 16th May 2016
Tonight, the British Gas Revenue Protection team will be featuring as the headline story on the BBC One Show by giving an insight on energy theft which costs our industry more than £400 Million every year.
The One Show film crew joined the UKRPA Member in Liverpool, where Revenue Protection Officers spent two days getting a first-hand glimpse of what happens when criminals are found stealing gas and abstracting electricity through rogue supplies installed at street level.
Mark Andrews, the British Gas head of the RPU, will talk about the cost to honest customers and how UKRPA Members are doing everything they can to stay one step ahead of the perpetrators.
You'll be able to catch the programme on BBC iPlayer after Monday's broadcast.
New Member: ABM Utility Solutions
The UKRPA is delighted to welcome its eighteenth member organisation.
ABM Utility Solutions joins the growing numbers of companies signed up to the UKRPA, demonstrating their commitment to detecting, investigating and preventing the illegal abstraction of electricity and gas.
Company Director Martin Mackie said: "With our vast experience in investigating energy theft, combined with our ongoing present day knowledge of customers behaviour and the constant changing techniques used to not only steal energy but avoid detection, we aim to further support and add value to the UKRPA’s work in delivering change whilst addressing the various industry challenges".
UKRPA Members: Outsourced Services
Some Distribution Businesses are withdrawing their commercial revenue protection services, meaning that those requiring such services may struggle to find alternative providers. In an effort to help such organisations find alternative provisions, the UKRPA has listed below the names and contact details of the UKRPA members that are able to offer revenue protection services on a commercial basis.
Western Power Distribution
SSE Metering Limited Revenue Services
Electricity North West
ABM Utility Solutions
Please note that, there may be other organisations that are not UKRPA members and who may also be in a position to offer revenue protection services.
UKRPA Newsletter Edition 12
A new bumper edition of the UKRPA Newsletter has now been published.
With information about the new UKRPA Strategy, and more on the UKRPA Conference, the newsletter is a great read.
Response to BBC Article on Merseyside Prosecution Rates
The UKRPA has published its response to the recent BBC News article on the high level of prosecutions for electricity theft in the Merseyside area.
Please download the press release here.
Book Your UKRPA Conference Place Now
The UKRPA National Conference is returning on 29th - 30th June 2016 at Woodside Conference Centre, Kenilworth.
In 2014, the Conference attracted a capacity audience from across the utilities industry.
Early booking is strongly advised! Download your booking form.
Topics at this year’s event will include:
• Smart metering and the impacts on data security
• How are smart meters designed to help prevent meter tampering?
• TRAS – the first three months, and the forward looking plan
• Criminal trends and behaviour
• International case studies
• The benefits of private prosecutions
Download Latest UKRPA Newsletter
The UKRPA newsletter was published in January 2016. Download the latest version here.
Published: UKRPA Constitution v2.2
Proposed amendments to the UKRPA's Constitution were approved at a General meeting held Friday, 22nd January. The approved Constitution is now live and can be downloaded here.
Sentencing Council Publishes Guideline for Electricity Theft Offences
The Sentencing Council has published a revised guideline for judges and magistrates on the sentencing of theft offences. The guideline, which has been issued following a public consultation, will come into effect on 1st February 2016.
For the first time, the guideline now includes specific advice for judges and magistrates passing sentence for illegal abstraction of electricity. Energy Theft affects all energy consumers’ bills – in that sense we are all victims of the crimes that take place. The UKRPA was pleased to participate within the consultation process, and welcome the publication. The inclusion of specific guidelines for electricity theft is a positive move, and reflects the serious impact that it can have on both livelihoods and communities.
However, the UKRPA is disappointed that theft of gas does not receive the same attention despite also being a crime under Section 1 of the Theft Act 1968. The impacts of the theft of gas can be devastating; an explosion caused by tampering with the gas supply can cause damage to entire streets and poses a serious threat to life and property.
In the coming months, as a central part of its published strategy, the UKRPA will be examining steps that will improve successful prosecutions, including how best to work with the Police, Crown Prosecution Service, and the Sentencing Council.
We look forward to working with the Sentencing Council, Judges and Magistrates, to ensure that, sentences when passed, reflect the seriousness of the individual crimes being committed.
Download the full press release here.