Energy / Electricity: the COM and the State sign two agreements

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The partnership between the State and the Collectivity makes it possible in particular to maintain the equalization balance so that the price of electricity in Saint-Martin remains aligned with that of the whole of France.

Since 2012, the COM has been responsible for Energy, but until now, it is the National Energy Code, frozen in April 2012, which applied. The State and the COM signed two conventions Thursday, July 8 at the Hôtel de la Collectivité to move from theory to practice.

The framework agreement on State / COM energy and the agreement for the creation of the MDE committee thus make it possible to clarify the local regulatory context in terms of Energy, and to formalize an Energy Code for Saint-Martin. The COM, with the support of ADEME which will finance the recruitment of two tanksElderly of mission, will thus be able to engage in the development of a Multiannual Energy Programming (PPE) by the end of next year.

The importance of this partnership lies above all in maintaining the equalization balance so that users of Saint-Martin continue to benefit from the same rates as those in France. "The cost of producing electricity in Saint-Martin is four times higher than those observed in mainland France" recalled the president of the COM. The equalization mechanism ensures the homogeneity of electricity tariffs throughout the national territory and covers additional production costs, by deducting from the bill of all French customers, a Contribution to the Public Service of Electricity (CSPE). The secretary general of the prefecture, Mikaël Doré, who represented the prefect Serge Gouteyron for this signature, specified that this equalization represented 55 million euros per year for the State: "Saint-Martin is an integral part of France c ' This is why national solidarity will continue, in a context that will have to change ”.

The framework agreement will allow the Collectivity to benefit from new national funding to develop the share of renewable energies (currently very low) and to set up systems to control energy demand and storage. For the director of ADEME, reducing and limiting energy consumption is essential. “For equal comfort, the best KW / h is the one that we do not consume” he stressed.

The Framework Agreement, the signature of which was unanimously approved by elected officials at the Territorial Council of May 20, 2021, is concluded for a period of seven years, i.e. until 2028, and is renewable.

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