Craighead Electric utilizes a large amount of metals in constructing and maintaining the infrastructure that delivers electricity to your homes and businesses. As a result, we are often targets of metal theft. Over the years, Cooperative employees have seen a wide array of theft and have dealt with the expense of correcting the system integrity caused by thieves.
Cooperative substations and power lines are often located in remote areas and are the targets of theft. Substations convert high-voltage energy from transmission lines to lower voltage electricity to supply homes and businesses. Substation equipment is exposed to high voltage energy with some components energized at more than 100,000 volts. Only trained, well-equipped professionals should enter a substation or attempt to make contact with a power line. Anyone else entering a substation facility or making contact with any component of a distribution power line subjects himself to many potential
dangers, including death.
In the electric utility industry, metal theft often results in power outages and unnecessary expense to restore the damaged power distribution infrastructure. Your local electric cooperative is a not-for-profit business and you, as a member, ultimately bear the cost to replace the stolen metals.
We are dedicated to delivering electricity safely and reliably to our members. The infrastructure required to meet this goal involves thousands of miles of power lines and multiple substations. If the integrity of a substation or a stretch of power lines is violated, thousands of households and businesses could experience a loss of electric service.
New scrap metal laws have been very helpful, but your assistance is still needed to help your local electric cooperative maintain the integrity of the electricity delivery infrastructure.