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Laws to be drafted to stop further electricity price rises in Sark

The rise was branded ‘neither fair nor reasonable’ by the Electricity Price Control Commissioner and there have been concerns that previous threats to shut off the power could be followed through. Credit: ITV Channel TV

The government of Sark, the Chief Pleas, has voted unanimously to draft new legislation to help prevent rises in the cost of electricity.

The proposed licensing law would help provide a reliable supply and protect the community from further price increases.

It comes after Sark Electricity Ltd increased their price per unit from 66p to 85p. Before the rise, Sark already had the highest cost of electricity in the world.

The rise was branded ‘neither fair nor reasonable’ by the Electricity Price Control Commissioner and there have been concerns that previous threats to shut off the power could be followed through.

Conseiller Sam La Trobe-Bateman said the island could not be held to ransom by ‘mad men with big switches'.

Conseiller Sam La Trobe-Bateman said the island could not be held to ransom by ‘mad men with big switches'. Credit: ITV Channel TV

If they don't like the prices the commissioner sets they can shut it off as they did in November and potentially again in December. They can shut their doors and it devastates us.

Electricity isn't just a necessity it's a need for medicine and pumping water. If there is no electricity within 6 to 8 hours there will be a loss of life so it is a key part and licensing enables the continuity of electricity.

– Conseiller Sam La Trobe-Bateman, Chair of Policy and Finance

Once drafted, the law has to go to public consultation before being approved.

It can then take up to a year for it to be sent to the Privy Council for Royal Assent, but islanders hope the process can be fast-tracked.