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As the path of Hurricane Michael becomes more certain, Clay Electric is anticipating most of the damage to be in the Lake City and Gainesville district service areas. Clay... Continue Reading ›

The 2018 hurricane season begins June 1, and while forecasting agencies have predicted an above-average level of hurricane activity this year, it only takes one storm to cause... Continue Reading ›

Clay Electric Cooperative continues to monitor the storms in the western Caribbean as they are becoming better defined and will likely become a subtropical or tropical depression... Continue Reading ›

Clay Electric has recently seen a rise in reports of scam calls and misleading offers. The cooperative once again reminds its residential and commercial members that it does not... Continue Reading ›

On Apr. 9, 2018, Clay Electric honored the dedicated men who often work in challenging conditions to keep the lights on. The co-op proudly recognizes all electric linemen for... Continue Reading ›

A forecast team from Colorado State University has predicted a slightly above-average level of activity in the Atlantic basin this hurricane season. Phil Klotzbach and Michael... Continue Reading ›

Power Theft

Power Theft

Power theft, also known as current diversion, is illegal and very dangerous.

Under Section 812.14 of the Florida Statutes, someone convicted of power theft can be fined $1,000 or up to three times the cost of the electricity stolen. They can also face up to a year in prison.

Attempting to steal electricity by tampering with a meter or equipment can get someone killed. It also creates a dangerous safety hazard for the public and Clay Electric employees.

The theft of electricity also affects all of the co-op's members. When someone steals electricity, they're really stealing from their neighbors and other co-op members.

Power thieves can typically afford to pay their electric bills, they just want to see if they can get away with it. Most are caught, and some of these thieves are seriously injured or killed by electrical contact accidents. If you suspect someone is stealing electricity, please call your nearest Clay Electric district office and report this illegal activity. It's not necessary to identify yourself when making a report. Thanks!

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