Tariffs

The Electricity Supply Act (StromVG) and Electricity Supply Ordinance (StromVV) define Swissgrid's mission and the general conditions for its business activities. Every year Swissgrid calculates the grid usage and system service tariffs for its services – the operation, maintenance and expansion of the transmission grid.

The distribution of costs by Swissgrid takes place according to usage. Where this is not possible, the costs are passed on to the distribution system operators and the end consumers at the respective grid level on the basis of meter data for services and energy and corresponding tariffs and billing rates.

Swissgrid operates in a regulated market under the supervision of the regulatory authority Swiss Federal Electricity Commission (ElCom). The ElCom serves as «price monitor» in the electricity sector and checks the tariffs billed by Swissgrid.

Tariffs and remunreation rates for the transmission grid

  20191 20192 20183
Grid usage
Working tariff [cents/kWh] 0.18 0.19 0.23
Power tariff [CHF/MW] 28,800 31,100 38,200
Fixed basic tariff per weighted exit point [CHF/AP p.a.] 269,400 288,000 365,300
General ancillary services (AS)
General AS tariff for grid operators and end consumers connected to the transmission system [cents/kWh] 0.16 0.24 0.32
General AS tariff for Merchant Line operators (SR4 734.713.3) [cents/kWh] 0.02 0.02 0.03
Individual ancillary services
Individual AS tariff for active energy losses for distribution system operators and end consumers connected to the transmission system and for Merchant Line operators (SR4 734.713.3) [cents/kWh] 0.25 0.14 0.08
Individual AS tariff for reactive energy for active participants non-compliant with requirements (dis-tribution system operators and power plants in the transmission system, since 1st January 2011) [cents/kvarh] 1.13 0.42 1.51
Individual AS tariff for reactive energy for semi-active participants5 (distribution system operators in the transmission system, since 1st January 2010) [cents/kvarh] 1.13 0.42 1.51
Remuneration rate for active participants for reactive energy supplied according to requirements (distribution system operators and power plants in the transmission system) [cents/kvarh] 0.30 0.30 0.30
Remuneration rate for behaviour of semi-active participants beneficial to the system (distribution grid operators on the transmission grid since 1st January 2020) [cents/kvarh] 0.15
Balance group management
Balance group registration fee [EUR] 6,250 6,250 6,250

Net tariffs, excl. VAT

The tariffs and rates are given in Swiss francs, unless another currency has been given.

Swissgrid sets the tariffs for grid usage in accordance with the legal and regulatory requirements. Swissgrid is entitled to adjust the tariffs within the framework of the legal and regulatory requirements. Swissgrid generally notifies grid users about tariffs in writing three months at the latest prior to the legally prescribed date of publication for grid operators.

1 In accordance with calculation Swissgrid Tariffs 2020 – Status: 22 March 2019
2 In accordance with calculation Swissgrid Tariffs 2019 – Status: 23 March 2018
3 In accordance with calculation Swissgrid Tariffs 2018 – Status: 29 March 2017
4 Systematic collection of the Federal Law
5 Up to and including 2019 passive participants


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