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Guernsey Electricity Company History

From 1898 to present day, we take you through the years of Guernsey Electricity.


1898

Mr F E Gripper obtained the original concession to build and operate an electricity generating and distribution system in Guernsey, on behalf of Edmondson's Electricity Corporation of London.

1900

Cables being laid in the Bordage cicra 1900

1900

1900

Cable being laid on the Grange circa 1900

1900

1900

Staff Photo taken in 1900.

1900

1900

St Sampson Harbour circa 1900

1900

1900

Cables being laid in Le Pollet, St Peter Port in 1900.

1900

20th February 1900

The first units were generated for distribution to a limited number of consumers in Guernsey.

1st May 1900

The first complaint about emissions from the Les Amballes power station was recorded.

26th July 1900

The Bailiff officially opened the power station at Les Amballes.

1901

Street lighting was introduced into the High Street in St Peter Port, and for the first time, the market was lit with electricity.

1902

Connections were made to Castle Cornet and the Castel Hospital over the next 2 years.

1902

Staff Photo taken in 1902

1902

February 1902

The States Electric Lighting Committee applied to the Royal Court for permission to build a power station in St Sampson's.

28th February 1903

Plans to build a power station in St Sampson were approved.

2nd December 1903

The Vale Power Station being built in 1903.

2nd December 1903

1904

The Vale Power Station in 1904.

1904

March 1907

The States gave permission for low voltage overhead lines. By the end of the year lines had already been erected in the Salt Pans and Bordeaux areas.

1907

The Guernsey Electric Light & Power Company Registration Certificate from 1907.

1907

April 1907

Staff Picture taken in April 1907.

20th July 1907

The Guernsey Electric Light and Power Company acquired the concession from Edmundsons Electricity Corporation.

20th September 1910

The Guernsey Electric Light and Power Company opened a new showroom in the Commercial Arcade.

1911

The Electric Light And Power Shop in 1911

1911

14th August 1913

The Guernsey Electric Light and Power Company new offices and showroom were officially opened at the recently purchased premises at 25 High Street.

1919

Staff Picture taken in 1919.

1919

1921

The Yacht Hotel (now Boots) circa 1921.

1921

1926

The Guernsey Electric Light and Power Company turned their attention to smaller types of generating and decided to buy two Diesel engines.

1930

Aerial View of St Peter Port Harbour circa 1930

1930

1932

The States Electricity Board was appointed and the nominated its first members.

1933

Cables being laid in the St Peter Port High Street in 1933.

1933

1933

St Peter Port High Street Cabling in 1933.

1933

1st July 1933

The States of Guernsey terminated the concession with the Edmundsons Electricity Corporation, acquired the undertaking and delivered it to the States Electricity Board to administer in trust.

1935

Royal Silver Jubilee Lights on St Julian's Avenue 1935

1935

1935

Royal Silver Jubilee Town Church Lights in 1935

1935

1936

Lighting Installed at St Peter Port Garage in 1936

1936

March 1940

The Board of Administration arranged for the installation of lights around St Sampson's Harbour.

28th June 1940

The Luftwaffe bombed a number of tomato-laden lorries in St Peter Port harbour, which they had mistakenly identified as military vehicles. The result was more than thirty deaths and a similar number of serious injuries. Two days later on Sunday June 30th the German forces landed in Guernsey.

1st August 1940

The German Commandant ordered that heating water by electricity for baths was forbidden, as was the use of electric lifts. Electric fires and radiators were specifically banned.

February 1941

The Star newspaper recorded what it believed was the first case of a person being charged in the magistrate's court, with interfering with the States Electricity Board's power lines and apparatus.

19th June 1944

Three aircraft dropped bombs on St Peter Port harbour. A heavy calibre bomb fell on the inner harbour, causing considerable damage to the shopping centre, including the Board's offices at 25 High Street.

May 1945

A few days after it was announced the war was over rationing of electricity came to an end.

July 1947

Negotiations were started with the Jamonneau Trust Estate for the purchase of the disused German power station site in the Bouet.

1950

Cliff Tickners and the GE Delivery Van circa 1950

1950

1951

The Electricity Board tent at the first Saumarez Park show in 1951

1951

1956

A high voltage cable being installed outside the Vale Power Station in 1956

1956

8th June 1957

A fire swept through the contracting section's buildings at the Bouet, destroying almost all of the contents, stores, tools and equipment, and two motor vehicles.

1960

Guernsey From The Air circa 1960.

1960

The Albany, South Esplanade before the Albany was built circa 1960.

1960

1962

The St Peter Port Seafront in 1962.

1962

Circa 1963

Islanders boarding a plane at Guernsey Airport.

1970

Castle Cornet floodlit at night circa 1970

1970

Circa 1970

The Royal Hotel, St Peter Port circa 1970.

Circa 1970

1970

View along the Town Seafront circa 1970.

1970

21st May 1970

The Lieutenant Governor, Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Mills, officially opened the engine hall, now known as “B Station”.

1971

Aerial Photo of the Powerstation in 1971

1971

1977

Town Shop in 1977

1977

1979

The view from the States offices looking towards the Weighbridge in 1979.

1979

1980

Electricity House Front Entrance in 1980.

1980

1980

The Vale Power Station circa 1980.

1980

1981

The Jersey Electricity Company proceeded with the installation of an undersea power cable to EdF.

November 1985

Gardline Surveys Ltd. was awarded a contract to carry out a hydrographic survey of a route for a submarine cable between Guernsey and France.

1993

The Super Economy 12 tariff was brought into use for domestic and non-domestic customers.

29th July 1993

The Board decided to adopt with immediate effect, the title "Guernsey Electricity" (GE) as its trade name.

29th July 1993

September 1996

The States of Guernsey approved the construction of an undersea power link with Jersey and France.

29th July 1998

The Channel Islands Electricity Grid Company Limited (CIEG) was formed to construct and operate a cable link for the importation of electricity from France into Jersey and Guernsey.

29th July 1998

January 1999

Underground cable from Havelet Bay to Barker's Quarry was started to be laid.

1999

Dial Before You Dig was set up to try and prevent third party contractors from damaging Guernsey Electricity cables.

15th June 2000

Guernsey cable link being installed in the slipway at Havelet bay in 2000.

15th June 2000

15th June 2000

Guernsey's cable link being installed in the slipway at Havelet bay in 2000.

15th June 2000

November 2000

Guernsey Electricity took its first units of electricity from the European Grid through the undersea cable.

1st February 2002

Guernsey Electricity became a commercialised States Trading Company operating under the Electricity (Guernsey) Law 2001.

November 2010

10th anniversary of Channel Islands Electricity Grid.

November 2010

April 2012

Guernsey Electricity’s undersea cable to Jersey failed.

June 2012

One of Jersey Electricity’s undersea cable to France failed and was deemed irreparable.

July 2012

The section of the undersea cable that failed being repaired in July 2012.

July 2012

July 2012

The faulty section of the undersea cable from Guernsey to Jersey.

July 2012

September 2012

Guernsey Electricity’s new generator 2D was delivered to Guernsey. The engine was the single largest item to ever be delivered into the island.

26th September 2012

2D arrived by ship at St Sampson Harbour. It was the single largest item to ever be offloaded in the island.

26th September 2012

26th September 2012

The new generator known as 2D being manoeuvred into D Station.

26th September 2012

November 2012

Planning permission granted for undersea cable Normandie 3.

January 2013

Guernsey Electricity signs a new 10 year deal with EDF for 30% of imported electricity to come from hydroelectricity.

April 2014

The Cable Enterprise, a 7,000-tonne power cable-laying vessel, starts work off the coast of France to lay the new undersea cable known as Normandie 3.

April 2014

April 2014

Burying Normandie 3 on Normandy Beach.

April 2014

20th May 2014

The CIEG hosted the Atlantic Cable Maintenance & Repair Agreement 2014 conference in Guernsey.

20th May 2014

January/February 2015

We successfully completed a preventative repair on our undersea cable to Jersey.

January/February 2015

31st March 2016

The first 1,200m of the EDF1 cable is removed before the installation of Normandie 1.

31st March 2016

26th May 2016

We signed a contract with Finnish energy company Wartsila to deliver and install a second medium-speed diesel engine, to be known as 3D.

26th May 2016

10th August 2016

Work started to lay our new subsea power cable, Normandie 1, which will provide electricity to Guernsey via Jersey.

10th August 2016

6th October 2016

Engine 3D was safely delivered to the Vale Power Station after being offloaded at Abraham's Bosom.

6th October 2016

January 2017

Our new £40m subsea power cable, Normandie 1, was switched on ahead of schedule supplying Guernsey with electricity via Jersey.

January 2017