The annual report of Manx Utilities shows the authority recorded a surplus of £20,833,000 for the year ended March 2021.

Its annual report is due to be go before Tynwald in January and does not take into account the costs it has faced throughout this year as energy prices spiralled.

Former chairman Tim Baker (who has since been replaced by Onchan MHK Rob Callister), said in his statement 2020/21 had been a year ‘dominated by external events and the need to continue to deliver essential utility services sustainably despite these challenges’.

Mr Baker added: ‘During this time Manx Utilities’ team has continued to ensure key services have been delivered to customers, who have had to adapt to the changing circumstances. This has included altering maintenance programmes quickly to ensure generating and treatment plants and their supporting networks remained available to protect utility services supply resilience.

‘In addition to planned activities, we have continued to respond to faults, using appropriate protective measures throughout lockdown periods. During this time we have also supported the Government’s pandemic response actions, including assisting the DoI’s construction of an oxygen generating facility at Noble’s Hospital.’

He also outlined work MU did around climate change and flood mitigation, as well as the roll out of the electric vehicle charging network.

Sewage

As well as addressing these issues, Mr Baker added: ‘The completion of the regional sewage treatment strategy to stop the continuous discharge of raw sewage to sea around the island remains a key priority. During the year planning applications for treatment solutions in Garff and Peel were separately unsuccessful. Since this time we have increased engagement with the local communities in these areas and are confident this will result in new proposals being successful in the near future.’

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