Co-op members gathered at three trustee district meetings this month to select candidates for the co-op’s Board of Trustees in Districts 1, 8 and 9. Incumbents Carl Hagglund (... Continue Reading ›

Members of the co-op will gather at three trustee district meetings this month for the purpose of selecting candidates for the co-op’s board of trustees. Districts 1, 8 and 9 are... Continue Reading ›

Due to rising fuel costs to generate power and overall increases in expenses, Clay Electric Cooperative will implement an increase in its rates, beginning with December billing... Continue Reading ›

Clay Electric personnel continues efforts Wednesday evening, July 7, to restore service to members who were impacted by Tropical Storm Elsa. As of 8 p.m., 1,836 members remained... Continue Reading ›

Clay Electric Cooperative is grieving for a lost friend and co-worker. Lineworker William “Ziggy” Ziegenfelder, 56, passed away while working in the co-op's Gainesville service... Continue Reading ›

Vehicles from our fleet are currently up for auction online and more will be available in the coming weeks. Three auctions will take place; two will feature small fleet vehicles... 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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