PPE 2016-2023: The energy transition is underway in Corsica

Gilles Simeoni, President of Corsica’s Executive Council, convened a meeting on 4 February to discuss joint initiatives under the multi-year energy programme (PPE), Corsica’s new future energy roadmap. The meeting was attended by Bernard Mahiou, Managing Director of the Capenergies cluster, Jean-Christophe Angelini, Executive Council member, President of the Corsican economic development agency and Vice-President of Capenergies, Fabienne Giovannini, Executive Council member and President of the Corsican sustainable development, planning and urban development agency, and Josépha Giacometti, Executive Council member with responsibility for culture, higher education and research. Jean-Christophe Angelini, recently appointed as Vice-President of Capenergies, used this day-long event dedicated to the energy transition in Corsica to remind colleagues that Corsica and the Capenergies cluster have a shared vision of this roadmap, with similar views on operational scale-up, synergy and pooled initiatives. The PPE roadmap was adopted in late 2015, with an investment budget of €3.112 billion and plans to create 5,000 new jobs between 2016 and 2023.

An ambitious energy programme

The PPR roadmap is a central pillar of Corsica’s energy transition, setting out its energy policy objectives, identifying the key challenges and risks in this area, and providing guidance for public stakeholders. The PPE will guarantee:

  • fuel supply security and lower primary fossil energy consumption in the transport sector
  • electricity supply security
  • greater energy efficiency and lower electricity consumption
  • support for renewables.

If the programme is fully implemented, it will amount to investment of around €3.1 billion between 2016 and 2023.

Corsica is the first region not connected to the main French grid to produce a PPE.

The PPE at a glance

The aim, between 2016 and 2023, is to build on the existing situation (in 2015) as follows:

➪ ➪ Launch a vast building renovation plan, costing €960 million and involving 3,000 homes per year.

➪ ➪ Launch a vast renewables plan at a cost of €472 million::

    • Renewable electricity production: €310 million
    • Renewable thermal, wood and solar (in particular): €162 million

Increase installed electrical power from guaranteed renewable sources (excluding major hydroelectric power plants) by 148%

Increase installed electrical power from intermittent renewable sources by 38%

➪ Invest €1.475 billion in infrastructure and networks: Replace the Vaziu power plant with a 250 MW combined-cycle gas plant running on light fuel oil pending the arrival of gas, install the Cyrénée gas pipeline network, and build natural gas supply infrastructure

➪ Invest €205 million in sustainable transport and mobility

Corsica: a hub of innovation

Implementation of this new roadmap will build on Corsica’s outstanding innovation potential and involve experimental use of new technologies.

For building renovation – a key component of the PPE, which sets out plans to renovate 3,000 homes each year – Corsica has already undertaken innovative projects such as the Mediterranean Education and Accommodation Centre in Ajaccio. The project, spearheaded by the Southern Corsica Regional Chamber of Trades and Crafts and accredited by Capenergies in 2011, involves the restructuring of a building to create 44 new social homes for young people on apprenticeship training schemes and to create a new extension specifically for renewable energy education. The new centre will be an exemplary low-consumption building, designed as a teaching resource for renewables educators. The ORELI (Tools for the Energy Renovation of Individual Homes) project is another example of Corsican innovation. It involves plans to renovate 200 homes, to foster a new mass deployment strategy, and to develop operational tools for the building renovation sector.

 

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The day of meetings with Corsica’s new Executive Council members ended with a tour of the MYRTE and PAGLIA ORBA technology platforms, which combine solar power with storage units and smart grids. Bernard Mahiou marked the occasion by recalling that implementing these innovative new technologies, and meeting the targets set in the new energy roadmap, will require changes to existing electricity grids. Corsica’s energy practices are changing and it is now harder to bridge the gap between supply and demand, chiefly because of the addition of intermittent renewables, where production does not track consumption patterns. This means that Corsica needs new, smart grids, akin to the technologies deployed in the PACA Region’s FLEXGRID programme (which could be replicated in Corsica).