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The European electricity market as we know it today only came into being in 1998, when a new law, the Electricity Supply Act, was passed with the aim to liberalise the market, and the state monopolies were broken. Since then, electricity customers have been able to choose which supplier they want to buy electricity from. At the same time, the market underwent a process of ‘unbundling’ in which ownership of the transmission grids was separated from the producers and suppliers.
"The preparations are going according to plan," says Beat Imboden, Managing Director of Energie Electrique du Simplon, EES, and Gondosolar project manager, in an interview. The project sponsor hopes that the canton of Valais will submit a formal proposal to the federal government in autumn 2022 to include Gondosolar in the cantonal structure plan. Imboden: "This would be another milestone."
The #prixalpiq 2022 was awarded to two sustainable water management projects at the Foire du Valais in Martigny. The “Regionale Wasserversorgung Südrampe” (Regional Water Supply of the Southern Ramp) project, supported by the municipalities of Visp, Naters, Brig-Glis and Lalden, won this second edition thanks to its innovative intercommunal system of governance securing the regional supply of drinking water. The jury also awarded a “Winner of hearts” prize to the project “La Conquête de l'eau” (The Conquest for Water) by the municipality of Ayent, a film about the value and importance of water resources and its preservation. The winning project received CHF 40,000 and the “Winner of hearts” project received CHF 10,000.
In consideration of the risk of electricity shortages in Switzerland during the 2022-2023 winter season, Alpiq has made a rapid analysis of the measures it would be able to implement in the short term to help secure the country’s electricity supply. The energy stocks could for example be increased by postponing maintenance work.