When ever I see a story like this I remember my high school chemistry teacher, Mr. Hull, telling us that gold is, in fact, a better conductor of electricity than copper. He went on to say that gold wasn’t used because it’s expensive and everyone, including himself, would be climbing the utility poles to cut down the wires to sell. Now copper is becoming too valuable and the Hull theory of power line thievery is being played out in real life.
Copper thieves looking to make a quick buck have done an estimated $12,000 damage in the past month to electrical equipment owned by City Water, Light and Power.I wonder if Mr. Hull is responsible for some of CWLP’s woes.
The thieves are stealing copper from grounding equipment on utility poles and from within substations, then selling it as scrap. The metal has been removed from more than 120 pieces of equipment during the last 30 days, causing some utility poles to catch fire and creating some power outages.