YANGON, the commercial capital of Myanmar, had 64 cases of stolen electricity this year, causing the government to lose revenue for over 200,000 units of energy, according to a news release issued by the Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation.
Theft of electricity can be the illicit use of electricity in residential houses and businesses, which illegally obtain electricity from the government’s power distribution system in various ways. Those businesses, which operate their firms through a residential meter, will have to pay a fine calculated on average monthly billing if found guilty of power theft.
According to the investigators, the cases of electricity theft were mostly found in Yangon, Bago and Ayeyawady regions.
Yangon, as the largest commercial city in Myanmar, consumed around 1,200 megawatts of electricity this summer, which is half of the total electricity consumption nationwide. The city’s electricity demands increase by around 15 per cent yearly. The region is home to 29 industrial zones and over 6,000 small-and-middle-sized enterprises, all of which account for the higher energy demand in the region compared to other regions.—200