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Meter ownership
The theft of gas or electricity or interference with a meter often causes damage to the meter itself. The supplier of the gas or electricity and the owner of the meter may not be the same company. Nearly all gas meters are owned by National Grid in its role as the main public gas transporter and electricity meters are owned by the privatised electricity suppliers in their role as distributors of electricity. If you are disconnected for theft or tampering, it will normally be one of these companies that actually carries out the disconnection even if you have a contract with a different supplier for the actual supply of gas or electricity.