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18 May 2020
A consultation on the revised Electricity Supply Act has shown that a majority of people support a full market opening, but that more incentives for investment in domestic renewable energies and planning security are desired. The amendments envisaged by the Federal Council will enable Switzerland to:
The amendments to the law also serve to achieve Switzerland's climate targets.
The aim of the revised Electricity Supply Act is to adapt the regulatory framework in accordance with both the Swiss Energy Strategy 2050 and the European electricity market. The integration of renewable energy into the electricity market will be improved by, among other things, strengthening the country's decentralised electricity production. Further, any solar energy produced in surplus can be sold in the end consumer's neighbourhood. Consumer protection will be improved by increasing the transparency of advertising offers. For example, the Federal Council can require electricity suppliers to provide certain information on the origin of electricity.
The revised Electricity Supply Act focuses on the following areas, among others:
The Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications has submitted a consultation draft on the revision of the Energy Act on behalf of the Federal Council. Among other things, the draft intends to strengthen competition in the solar sector and focus on domestic hydropower supply security. One-off governmental subsidies for large photovoltaic systems will be replaced by contributions based on tenders (auctions). Under this new regime, the contract will be awarded to the producer which generates solar energy at the lowest cost. In terms of subsidies, important hydropower plants (eg, those with a large additional annual production or substantial storage expansion or which make an important contribution to winter production) can be prioritised.
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