Positions

Swissgrid maintains active and transparent dialogue with stakeholders from the world of politics. The focus is on issues such as challenges in the European context, security of supply and the energy reform, as well as local grid expansion. The combination of the lack of an electricity agreement, the considerable expansion of renewable energies with volatile production and sluggish grid expansion presents a challenge for the operation of the transmission grid. Open, constructive dialogue with every element of society is crucial if such challenges are to be overcome.

For this reason, Swissgrid holds regular discussions with representatives of the worlds of politics and administration at national, cantonal and communal levels.

Your contact

Andrea Mäder

Head of Public Affairs
info@swissgrid.ch


Position papers

22.3321 Motion by Jürg Grossen, Green Liberal Party

Grid stability at low cost through integration of medium and small participants in the balancing energy market

Swissgrid position paper (in German)


20.4275 Motion by the SVP group

Guaranteeing the security of the electricity supply by means of technical agreements with neighbouring countries

Swissgrid position paper (in German)


20.4190 Interpellation by NR Martina Munz, SP

Do conflicts of interest endanger grid stability in Switzerland?

Swissgrid position paper (in German)


Consultation on the basics of the electricity grid planning 2030/2040 (Scenario framework Switzerland)

Swissgrid position paper (in German)


We will be happy to provide you with position papers on completed motions if required.

Factsheets


Statements on consultation drafts

Statement on the establishment of a hydropower reserve

Against the backdrop of the current geopolitical situation, the lack of an electricity agreement with the EU and the slow approval procedures for the construction of production plants and grid infrastructure, the hydropower reserve is a comprehensible, necessary and feasible measure to ensure security of supply. The Federal Council plans to transfer operational management to the national grid company. Swissgrid accepts this additional, responsible task and will work closely with the authorities and the industry in the interests of security of supply.

In the medium and long term, further measures are needed to effectively counteract shortages of electricity. Swissgrid has developed solutions in association with the authorities and the industry. They include building additional domestic production capacity, accelerating procedures for the necessary expansion of production plants and grid infrastructure, and an electricity agreement with the EU.

Swissgrid is addressing the following points in the consultation process:

  • The Federal Council plans to introduce the hydropower reserve by ordinance so that it will be available as early as next winter. Swissgrid is asking the legislator to create supplementary statutory bases as quickly as possible.
  • The preparation, provision and use of the hydropower reserve will result in costs. According to the draft ordinance, the reserve charges and any remuneration due to the power plant operators for its use will be financed via the Swissgrid tariffs, which will increase accordingly. Swissgrid sees a need to optimise the legal basis for the allowability of costs.
  • Swissgrid also believes that it is necessary to optimise the specifications, agreements and processes for the development and operational management of the hydropower reserve and to reduce the financial risks.
  • Additional contractual agreements with balance groups and power plant operators are required, for the conclusion of which there is only little time available.

Swissgrid acknowledges the Federal Council’s confidence and will do everything in its power to fulfil this demanding mandate in the interests of security of supply. For the hydropower reserve to succeed, it is essential that all players in the Swiss electricity system continue to work together constructively to carry out this task successfully in the short term.


Key concerns for Swissgrid regarding the consolidation legislation

The consolidation legislation is a step in the right direction. But the measures contained in the consolidation legislation may not be enough, particularly in light of the looming constraints on import capacity. The planning for appropriate reserves must commence swiftly to be able to bridge future shortages in emergencies. Swissgrid believes that further adjustment and clarification is required.

The key issues for Swissgrid are the energy reserves, the data exchange as well as the storage technologies.


Energy reserve: Swissgrid believes that considerable deficiencies exist in the energy reserve, both in relation to the basic concept as well as in the technical configuration. Merely storing or moving energy during the winter months does not help to increase the security of supply. This simply shifts the time of energy shortages but does not necessarily prevent them from occurring. To effectively counteract an energy shortage, more energy would have to be fed into the system. Furthermore, the energy reserve does not create an incentive to increase electricity generation in Switzerland. For the reserve to be accessed if an incident occurs, the energy as well as the power needs to be appropriately contracted. As a result, Swissgrid is calling for both energy and power to be reserved.


Data exchange: The availability, quality and transparency of data is becoming increasingly important for secure grid operation, particularly in light of the market liberalisation and within the scope of the expansion of the new renewable energies. Swissgrid therefore welcomes the provisions on data exchange in principle. However, the wording «proper electricity supply» is a vague legal term. To create the necessary legal certainty, Article 17bter of the Federal Electricity Supply Act (StromVG) needs to be supplemented or adapted to provide greater clarity. The companies in the electricity industry must be required to disclose all data and information to one another that are necessary to fulfil their statutory tasks under StromVG.


Storage technologies: Swissgrid is calling for the equal treatment of storage technologies and therefore the exemption of all storage technologies without end consumers (i.e. pure stores) from the grid utilisation charge. This is an important prerequisite for the development of a liquid market for flexibilities. Besides pumped storage power plants, this would allow other storage technologies, such as batteries, to offer balancing power for grid operation. This would expand the supply of balancing power, which would have a positive impact on the price level, availability and security of supply, particularly in strained situations that tend to occur in winter.


Statement on the Parliamentary initiative «Subordination of the strategic infrastructures of the energy industry under the Lex Koller»

Statement on the parliamentary initiative «Subordination of the strategic infrastructures of the energy industry to the Lex Koller». The parliamentary initiative would like to subject the strategic infrastructures of the energy industry - namely the hydropower plants, the electricity grids and the gas grids - to the Federal Act on the Acquisition of Real Estate by Persons Abroad.

As the national grid company, Swissgrid constantly ensures the non-discriminatory, reliable and efficient operation of the transmission grid. Swissgrid accordingly shares the concern to protect the Swiss electricity grid and the secure supply of electricity. However, we do not consider the present approach of the parliamentary initiative to be suitable for this purpose. Swissgrid is of the opinion that the existing regulations and ownership structures already take full account of the concerns of the parliamentary initiative. Swissgrid rejects the planned revision.


Further statements


  • | Media release

    Statement in response to the Energy Act (EnG): The legal framework must also support the integration of renewable energies into the overall system.

    By revising the Energy Act (EnG), the Federal Council is looking to create more incentives for expanding domestic renewable energies, while also ensuring the long-term security of supply. For this to succeed, the legal framework must also support the integration of renewable energies into the overall system. This requires measures such as consistent optimisation and acceleration of the approval processes for grid projects, innovative solutions for load management, an electricity agreement with the EU, as well as better data exchange.

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  • | Media release

    Statement in response to the Electricity Supply Act (StromVG): Swissgrid welcomes the political debate on security of supply

    Prompted by the revision of the Federal Electricity Supply Act (StromVG), the ongoing debate on security of supply in Switzerland is urgently needed. However, Swissgrid questions the recently proposed solution regarding the storage reserve and, in terms of its specific organisation, sees a considerable need to clarify the competences and responsibilities of the individual players. The targeted market liberalisation will have a positive effect on the transmission grid.

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