Territories in focus
Since its inception, Capenergies has sought to address the energy challenges facing islands and remote areas.
Island energy systems (including French Overseas Territories and Departments and Corsica) are “small isolated systems” that are wholly or partially disconnected from a mainland grid. The electricity consumed on each of these “energy islands” must be produced locally (all for French Overseas Territories and Departments, and most for Corsica). This isolation means that production costs are higher than on the mainland, and electricity cost prices are considerably higher than the guaranteed feed-in tariffs.
The cost per MWh stands at an average of €220-€240 (varying by region), and the production cost is reflected in the price charged to consumers, which stands at a little over €50 per MWh.
The additional production costs are offset by the contribution to public electricity services (CSPE). The CSPE fund, established by law, is paid for through contributions from all electricity consumers in France. These territories are the ideal place to experiment with innovative new solutions in energy efficiency, renewable energy production and smart grids.
The cluster’s activities focus on four main areas of innovation:
- Development of low-carbon energy production solutions (photovoltaic, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal, biomass, etc.).
- Energy efficiency.
- Deployment of energy storage solutions to mitigate intermittent renewable energy feed-in.
- Innovative projects that harness the potential of marine energy in these territories.
These territories have their own unique features and enjoy strong political backing, making them key assets for other regions of France and Europe.
Capenergies deploys this strategy not just in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region, but also in Corsica, the Principality of Monaco, and overseas territories such as Guadeloupe and Reunion.
Territories in focus
Corsica: The Collectivity of Corsica, a founding member of the cluster, is resolutely focused on the energy transition. It has mandated the Corsican Economic Development Agency as Capenergies’ contact to support the deployment of innovative solutions around energy efficiency and renewable energies on the territory.
Principality of Monaco: Monaco has a determined, innovative policy to meet climate challenges and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions via an Energy and Climate Plan. This plan addresses two issues: safeguarding energy supply with a view to reducing energy consumption and encouraging local renewable energy production, and tackling climate change by limiting the impact of greenhouse gas-emitting activities through regulation, incentive measures and government leadership.”
The Principality of Monaco and Capenergies signed a partnership agreement covering these energy themes in 2010.
Guadeloupe: The Synergîle became a member in 2007
Reunion: The Temergie cluster became a member in 2008