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Association "Law 1901" of Saint-Genès-Champanelle, 63 , France

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History of the arrival of electricity
in Saint-Genès-Champanelle

We found at the departmental records of Puy-de-Dôme, an endorsement to the contract of concession of electric distribution of power which was signed between Jean TOURY, mayor of our commune in 1936 and the Hydro-electric Company of Auvergne on December 24, 1936.

This document, very long and precise in its drafting, teaches us that the initial concession has been signed on July 11, 1925 between the company and the town hall, Jean TOURY being already at the time mayor.
A law of July 16, 1936 authorized the municipalities to revise the contrats of concession in order to improve the tariffs of the time.

It is thus from 1925 that electricity started to be proposed to the inhabitants of the commune; let us point out the characteristic of the village of Theix which profited from this favour 5 years before the others, thanks to the construction of the electry factory by prisoners of war of 14-18 for the benefit of the lord of the time who had liberally granted to each one of its employees the right to use one bulb in their home.

Fresh water as for it, started to arive to Champanellois only afterwards 1960, that being due certainly, with water the abundant resource of the commune.

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Extract of the Register of Deliberations ofthe town council of December 23, 1936
follow-up of the endorsement in the schedule of conditions of concession with the Company
Hydro-electric of Auvergne dated on December 24, 1936
follow-up of the appendix to the first endorsement in the above mentionned schedule of conditions.

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Extract of the deliberations of the town council
of Saint-Genès-Champanelle on March 29, 1925

The mayor read out schedule of conditions deposited by the Company Hydro-electric of Auvergne for the concession of the public distribution of energy electric for all the users in the commune.
The Council after having taken knowledge of the various articles, decides unanimously to accept it.
pprove also the convention of concession of the electric distribution of power with the commune.

uthorize the mayor to signe the treaty of concession and to stop agreement with the dealer the model of floating policies.

ray the Prefect to agree to approve the present deliberation.

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