An operation launched by EDP Distribuição last week detected a "major fraud" in a business group, the company announced today.
The company detected a total of eight irregular situations, explaining that "adulterations of the connections to the metering equipment were found, which allowed the illegal appropriation of hundreds of thousands of kilowatt-hours of electricity".
The company explains that this inspection action was carried out by five teams and was carried out "simultaneously in several facilities of the same business group", with the operation being launched after "a fraud situation was confirmed in one of them".
EDP Distribuição explains that “in recent years, there has been a growth in these illegal practices in the business segment which, despite representing less than 1% of customers in Portugal, contributes 40% of the total energy consumed in fraud (value average contribution from 2017 to the present) ”.
Annually, the company conducts about “600 thousand operations of installation of intelligent metering equipment and about 40 thousand specific inspections to identify situations of illicit appropriation of energy”.
EDP Distribuição will change its name to E-Redes until January 31, 2021, imposed by the Energy Services Regulatory Entity (ERSE), which will lead the EDP group company to change its name and image.