• Power shortages vs. power system failures

    Power shortage and power system failure are two terms that are often confused. But they do not mean the same thing. In the event of a power system failure, there is enough energy in the system in principle. However, a chain of unfortunate circumstances leads to a power failure. In a power shortage, on the other hand, production capacity is insufficient to meet demand.
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  • A hot topic

    In Switzerland, a heat wave has no significant impact on the management of the extra-high-voltage grid.
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  • Soil remediation in the Uri valley floor to benefit agriculture and the environment

    Soil remediation in the Uri valley floor to benefit agriculture and the environment

    Cows now graze on lush, green grass in meadows where pylons once stood. Before the areas in the Uri valley floor were approved for normal use, Swissgrid carried out extensive soil remediation at the former pylon sites.
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  • Extra-high voltage grid

    «It was clear to me early on that I wanted to devote myself to the technical field»

    In this interview, Asja Derviškadić, Grid Studies Engineer at Swissgrid, tells us how she contributes to Switzerland's security of supply in her role and how she experiences working at Swissgrid as an engineer.
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  • Every kilowatt hour of renewable energy counts

    Electricity generation is undergoing fundamental change. Switzerland is in a good position with regard to renewable energies. However, faster expansion of production and storage capacities is needed. An interview with Michael Frank, Director of the Swiss Electricity Industry Association (VSE), about electricity generation now and in the future.
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  • Soil is a precious resource

    At the «Gäbihübel» it is easy to see the effects of the underground laying of a section of a 380 kV extra-high-voltage line on the landscape and environment as well as the challenges presented with regard to construction, operation and maintenance
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  • In the future, we will need less energy but more electricity.

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  • For a secure supply of energy in the Upper Valais

    Swissgrid is modernising the extra-high-voltage grid in the Upper Valais for future operation at a voltage of 380 kilovolts.
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  • Birds move to the extra-high-voltage grid

    Nesting boxes for jackdaw colonies have been installed on pylons of the Swiss extra-high-voltage grid in Weinfelden and in the Saint-Triphon region. In other parts of Switzerland, too, electricity pylons provide a home for endangered bird species.
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  • A business model like no other

    While Swissgrid is a public limited company, its business model is completely different to those of other companies.
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