Electricity Theft and Power Quality in Nigeria

Electricity Theft and Power Quality in Nigeria
Authors : Olaleye Gbolahan Olaoluwa
Publication Date: 14-07-2017


Author(s):  Olaleye Gbolahan Olaoluwa

Published in:   International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology

License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Website: www.ijert.org

Volume/Issue:   Volume. 6 - Issue. 06 , June - 2017

e-ISSN:   2278-0181


There are two component of losses in power system (technical and non technical). The technical losses consist of losses from the transmission line, losses from transformer, measurement systems, etc. There are other losses that are outside the control of the utility provider comprising of electricity theft, non settlement of bills by customers, error in accounting and record keeping. Electricity theft is difficult to estimate. The regulatory instrument (Electricity Theft and Other Related Offences Regulations) was formulated by Nigeria Electricity Regulation Council in 2013 to deter electricity theft, and the destruction of electricity supply infrastructure but this has not have any effect on the rate of electricity theft and electricity vandalism in Nigeria. Electricity theft can be in the form of fraud (meter tampering), stealing (illegal connections), billing irregularities, and unpaid bills. The importance of the eradication of electricity theft cannot be over-estimated especially given our power generation and transmission deficit and the need to attract significant capital investments in order to improve availability, access and service delivery in the industry. The theft of electricity poses significant dangers to all concerned. It can damage equipment and cause power outages, and it costs everyone who is paying for the power they use. This paper discusses the effect, consequences and measures to control electricity theft to improve power quality.


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