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Ensuring future flows of electricity

Swiss electricity supplies are characterised by reliability, cost-effectiveness and environmental compatibility. Based on the two pillars of hydro power and nuclear energy, they are largely CO2-free.

2050 energy strategy

Following the reactor accidents in Fukushima, the Federal Council and parliament decided on a phased withdrawal from nuclear power. This means that a substitute must be found in the medium term for 40% of the electricity produced in Switzerland. The Federal Council’s 2050 energy strategy plans to replace half the volume formerly provided by nuclear power by measures to reduce consumption, and half by increasing electricity production from renewable energies (hydro power, solar and wind power), fossil-fired production (gas-fired power plants and heat-power cogeneration plants) as well as through imports.

The fundamental shift in the electricity supply system towards decentralised, intermittent production is to be achieved by means of strict regulations, an extension of the feed-in tariffs system, and in a second stage through an energy incentive tax or tax reform. The first set of legislation is being debated by parliament. It is expected to enter into force in 2016/17, depending on the way in which the people’s decision is factored in.

50% reduction in total energy consumption by 2050

The Federal Council’s energy strategy also sets high climate policy targets following the withdrawal from nuclear power. For example, a 50% reduction in energy consumption per capita by 2050, a 90% reduction in the consumption of heating oil and petrol, and a 75% reduction in CO2 emissions. These targets are all the more ambitious given that largely CO2-free nuclear power will no longer be available, and could necessitate an increase in fossil-fired electricity production and render imports of electricity – including electricity from fossil fuels - unavoidable.

Our position

Alpiq takes the view that the new energy policy cannot be implemented nor can energy security be guaranteed well into the future without the essential criteria of electricity market liberalisation, a slim electricity accord with the EU, and framework conditions that ensure long-term legal and investment security. These points are still unresolved and must be clarified. Alpiq is prepared to take full corporate responsibility and make an important contribution towards a sustainable energy future, in a bid to ensure a reliable future supply of electricity. Through our know-how and experience, and thanks to our existing and planned power plants and our strong position in the energy efficiency field, we are well placed to do this.