EPP: towards greener energy in Saint-Martin…

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This Tuesday, October 4, 2022, the State and the Collectivity of Saint-Martin signed the declaration of intent for the implementation of the Multiannual Energy Program (PPE) for a better realization of the energy transition on the territory. of Saint Martin.

The appointment had been set at the office of the prefecture for this solemn moment regarding the energy future of the island. Vincent Berton, Delegate Prefect of the Northern Islands, and Bernadette Davis, 2rd vice-president of the Collectivity of Saint-Martin and president of the Living Environment Delegation and of the Economic Affairs Commission were surrounded by Émilie Nahon, director of the sustainable and resilient development project for Saint-Martin within the prefecture, Pierre Fontaine, Advisor to the Director General of the Directorate General for Energy and Climate (DGEC), Christophe Avognon, Director at EDF Archipel Guadeloupe and Laurent Guillaume in charge of the Environment, Water and Energy Departments at the Community. Following the meeting of the steering committee of the Multiannual Energy Program (PPE) made up of State services, the Collectivity of Saint-Martin, representatives of EDF services and the Agence De l' Environment and Energy Management (ADEME), the Saint-Martin energy greening machine has been started. Saint-Martin as an island territory is considered a non-interconnected zone (ZNI). As such, Saint-Martin operates on the principle of national solidarity via tariff equalization which allows ZNI consumers to benefit from the regulated tariffs applicable in mainland France, by paying 25% of energy production, the total costs of which are higher than those of the other side of the ocean. This situation causes additional costs for the network manager and exclusive supplier (EDF). The Saint-Martin electricity system is particular and vulnerable with 95% of energy of carbon origin coming from the thermal power station located in Galisbay and managed by EDF. The lack of connection with other territories and the ecological impact of such energy production require progress, according to the Prefect, with a real effort towards energy and ecological transition. This initiative aims to achieve 25% green energy production within 8 years by developing renewable energies (photovoltaic, wind, biofuel, solid or liquid biomass, etc.) and by limiting energy consumption (ecological bulb, insulation , etc). The Multiannual Energy Program is a founding document whose purpose is to specify the objectives and challenges of energy policy for each territory, to determine the guidelines for the development of electrical systems, to identify the risks and difficulties associated with their implementation and guide the work of public actors. The declaration of intent for the implementation of the PPE signed between the State and the Collectivity is a first step towards greener energy. By the next steering committee, which is scheduled for December 2022, a general energy code will be drafted using a simplified drafting procedure by a technical committee and submitted to the territorial council. _VX

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