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Copper Theft Continues to Impact Coops

Ongoing international demand for copper could result in another rise in copper prices, followed by a rise in copper theft, according to Maurice Martin, a program manager at NRECA's Cooperative Research Network.  Coops like Missouri-based N.W. Electric Po
March 4, 2013

Ongoing international demand for copper could result in another rise in copper prices, followed by a rise in copper theft, according to Maurice Martin, a program manager at NRECA's Cooperative Research Network.  Coops like Missouri-based N.W. Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. have tried multiple ways to thwart copper theft.  For example, Northwest long ago switched to tin-coated copper.  The coop is now moving to copper-clad products and is putting up signs in substations alerting would-be thieves that the material has no scrap value.  In addition, 48 states have metal theft laws.  To read more on the tactics to reduce copper theft, click here.

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