65% increase in the controls carried out by DEDDIE for electricity thefts, the first 5 months of 2024 were noted.

More specifically, in the first five months of 2024, compared to the average for the corresponding time period last year, but also in 2022, the checks of possible rheumatism carried out amount to 13,000 against 8,000, registering an increase of 65%.

The identified electricity thefts, for which the relevant debt was charged and the letter was sent to the debtor, are increased by 50%, as they amount to 6,000 against 4,000 in the corresponding time period in 2023 and 2022.

At the same time it is observed improvement in collection rates debts from rheumatism as from the beginning of the year until today, DEDDIE has collected about 8.5 million euros from rheumatism cases of recent years, while the corresponding amount last year and the year before was 6.5 million euros, on average term.

Based on the current pace of work, it is expected that by the end of the year over 30,000 rheumatism checks will have been carried out nationwide, while collections are expected to exceed €20 million.

As the Administrator points out, the big customers are also in the target in the low, but also in the medium voltage, as well as with the use of appropriate tools for the analysis of measurement data from multiple sources of information, such as for example from the Telemetry Center, cases of suspected rheumatism are now emerging every day.

Indicatively, it is stated that from 400 targeted checks on large customers (supply No. 5-6-7 and medium voltage) in a period of 10 days, there were 35 electric shocks which are estimated to correspond to a lost energy of 4,800 MWh. This action is equivalent to 700 confirmations of electricity theft in low voltage supplies.

The amount that the users of these benefits will be asked to pay is estimated to exceed 1.3 million euros.