BPA Responds to Copper Wire Theft

KENT, Wash. – Bonneville Power Administration is reacting to the rise in copper wire theft, by removing their copper wire. BPA met with media and engineers at their Covington Substation in Kent, WA yesterday to show damages incurred from the latest break-in. Engineers said they plan to replace solid copper wire, used to ground equipment, with copper-coated steel wire that is more difficult to cut and virtually worthless compared to solid copper. BPA Officials said in the past six months they have seen nine substation break-ins, costing the company over $30,000 in damages.