North American revenue protection people cringe when they hear the energy theft estimates from other parts of the world. I often hear figures of 39% or higher when South America, Africa, Russia and many other countries are mentioned. There are several factors that contribute to these numbers, such as society, geography, economy, and age and type of equipment.

IURPA (the International Utilities Revenue Protection Association) was formed to help revenue protection departments and people educate their employees and optimise their operations world-wide. Our annual conferences attempt to achieve this through training, advice, networking and communications. We’ve done a pretty good job in North America, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, but have had problems beyond these areas.

Making contact

One of our biggest problems has been communications. How could we locate those individuals who we know are in need of our assistance when we don’t know where they are, and they don’t even know we exist?

The Internet comes to the rescue! As more and more utilities and their employees world-wide are hooking up to the Internet, more and more people involved in revenue protection are finding out about IURPA through the IURPA website http://iurpa.org/. The website provides conference information for IURPA and its affiliated regional groups. In addition, e-mail contacts, a bulletin board, files available for download, a suggestion page and many other features can be found there. If you haven’t done so yet, please stop by and visit. If you’ve already visited, stop by again and see what’s new.

At the time of this writing, we have over 360 people on our distribution list worldwide. If you aren’t on the e-mail list, you’re missing out on all the conference announcements and IURPA updates. You are also missing out on sending, and responding to, questions and help requests for and from revenue protection people. The e-mail feature alone has been an incalculable aid to the group.