Nontechnical Loss Detection for Metered Customers in Alexandria Electricity Distribution Company Using Support Vector Machine

A. Hatem Tameem Alfarra, B. Amani Attia, C. S. M. El Safty




Non-technical losses (NTL) during transmission and distribution (T&D) of electrical energy is a major problem faced by utility companies which is very difficult to fight and detect. For that, more of power utilities spend thousands dollar for research centres to find efficient methods for detecting and controlling abnormalities. Electricity theft and billing irregularities forms the main portion of NTL. With the introduction of smart meter, the frequency of reporting energy consumption data to the utility company has been increased. Incoming and outgoing energy could be monitored and analyzed. Electricity theft is a complex problem with many parameters to be evaluated before implementing any measures to detect and control that. These parameters include some issues like social, economic, regional, managerial, infrastructural, and corruption.
In recent years, several data mining and research studies on fraud detection and prediction techniques have been carried out in the electricity distribution sector. Support vector machine (SVM) technique has dominated the research for classifying data and detecting fraudulent electricity customers. SVM technique has good ability in data mining and data classification. The paper objective is to analyze the metered energy consumption data recorded and predict the pattern or the form of daily user’s energy consumption, then using SVM to classify the data whether normal or theft. The suggested technique is then tested using real data from Alexandria Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC). The proposed technique was able to distinguish between healthy and theft cases.

Published in: Renewable Energy & Power Quality Journal (RE&PQJ, Nº. 16)
Pages: 468-474 Date of Publication: 2018/04/20
ISSN: 2172-038X Date of Current Version:2018/03/23
REF: 353-18 Issue Date: April 2018
DOI:10.24084/repqj16.353 Publisher: EA4EPQ

Authors and affiliations

A. Hatem Tameem Alfarra1, B. Amani Attia2, C. S. M. El Safty1
1. Electrical Engineering & Control Department. Arab Academy for Sience Technology and Maritime Traspotation AASTMT. Campus of Alexandria – (Egypt)
2 Alexandria Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC). (Egypt)

Key words

Electricity theft, NTL, Smart meter, SVM


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