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TACS Energy Competence Center: Detection Methods in Smart Meters for Electricity Thefts: A Survey

 
   
   
For accommodating rapidly increasing power demands, power systems are transitioning from analog systems to systems with increasing digital control and communications. Although this modernization brings many far-reaching benefits, the hardware and software newly incorporated into the power systems also incur many vulnerabilities. By taking advantage of these vulnerabilities, adversaries can launch various cyber/physical attacks to tamper with electricity meter readings, i.e., to steal electricity. It is reported that total worldwide annual economic losses caused by electricity theft reached up to almost one hundred billion dollars in recent years. With methods to tamper with meter readings becoming more versatile, secret, and flexible, electricity theft tends to get even more serious in modernized power systems. For preventing adversaries from stealing electricity, researchers have done a lot of works. Although some related surveys on these works exist, they are not updated or just discuss electricity theft in a specific region. This survey aims to gain a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the electricity theft issue. After investigating how adversaries tamper with meter readings, we systematically survey all existing detection methods up to date, which is classified into machine learning- and measurement mismatch-based methods. Adverse effects and political and socioeconomic factors of electricity theft are also provided. This survey can help relevant researchers to shape future research directions, especially in the area of developing new effective electricity theft detection methods.

Detection Methods in Smart Meters for Electricity Thefts: A Survey

Nowadays, people around the world are witnessing more and more power outages whose frequency and duration rise constantly. This implies that antiquated electric power systems, which were built over one century ago, are having more difficulties in accommodating our rapidly increasing power demands. Thus, many countries, such as the USA, Japan, and China, are currently making every effort to upgrade their existing power systems. For example, at the supply side of power systems, we not only use traditional energy sources, such as coal or hydro, to generate electricity in large and centralized power plants that are usually located far away from customers’ premises, but also apply renewable and environment-friendly energy resources, such as solar and wind near electricity-consumption locations. On the other hand, various new types of loads, such as electric vehicles and heat pumps, are connected to power systems at the demand side.

 

   

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TACS is a leading top consultancy in the field of information, communication and energy technologies (ICET).

The heart of our consulting spectrum comprises strategic, organizational, and technology-intensive tasks that arise from the use of new information, communication and energy technologies. 
 
The major emphasis in our work is found in innovative consulting and implementation solutions which result from the use of modern information, communication and energy technologies.

 

 
   
   
   

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