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Agreement reached to keep electricity running in Sark

An agreement has been reached between Chief Pleas and Sark Electricity.

An agreement has been reached at the eleventh hour between Chief Pleas and Sark Electricity to keep the power on and avoid any disconnection.

The two parties initially failed to reach a deal during a meeting on Wednesday evening and the power was set to be cut off at midnight tonight.

Sark Electricity had been in dispute with Chief Pleas for a number of months after the government forced the company to drop its price 14 pence to 52p per unit recommended by an independent price regulator.

The agreement reached last night now states the price of electricity will go back up to 66p per unit to allow the company to sell supplies without losing money.

Sark's government now has three months to buy Sark Electricity.

To avoid any similar difficulties in the future, the committee and the company have approved a three month process to allow them to agree the Fair Market Value of the company to enable Chief Pleas to purchase the company. This process will be completed by the end of February.

– Joint statement from Sark Electricity and Chief Pleas

Customers will not have to pay the difference between 66p and the 52p that Sark Electricity has been charging for the last three months.

Islanders were preparing for the switch off which would have left them without a clean water supply, heating or light.

The government had contingency plans in place, last week bringing over generators which were set to reconnect the vital parts of the island.

Guernsey's Chief Minister says the situation will continue to be monitored.

With the reputation of the Bailiwick at stake, whilst Guernsey was well prepared to assist if needed it is clearly in everyone’s interests, particularly Sark’s residents, that an agreement has been reached which averts a shutdown of the island’s power station.

I would like to thank the very many people behind the scenes from Guernsey and Sark who have worked exceptionally hard and well together, particularly in the last few weeks. We will continue to monitor the situation closely to mitigate the risk of the situation re-emerging.

– Deputy Gavin St Pier, Guernsey's Chief Minister

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