Nayu Kim

There’s a huge, often unseen infrastructure that lies between a source of energy and where it’s used — a pipeline or a set of wires or a trucking route. In some countries, that’s a big problem: It gives thieves a lot of opportunity to strike.

In India, they’re going after electricity.

In India, about a quarter of all power generated is either stolen or lost in transmission, five times the figure for China. Still more is given away to farmers, while the rest is sold to consumers for a loss, pushing state electricity companies toward bankruptcy and resulting in the rolling blackouts that afflict almost the entire nation every day and undermine its economic prospects. …