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 contacts

Andrea Mäder

Head of Public Affairs

Salome Just
Salome Just

Public Affairs Manager

Position papers

23.3327 Postulate by Emmanuel Amoos, Social Democratic Party

Construction of a 200-kilometre-long direct current line in microtunnels between Bickigen BE and Pallanzeno IT

Swissgrid position paper (in German)

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)


Statements on consultation drafts

Statement on the implementation of the Federal Act on a Secure Electricity Supply from Renewable Energy Sources at ordinance level and further amendments to the relevant ordinances

On 29 September 2023, the Swiss Parliament amended legislation including the Energy Act and the Electricity Supply Act in particular as part of the «Federal Act on a Secure Electricity Supply from Renewable Energy Sources» (known as the «Consolidation Legislation» or the «Electricity Act»). The Federal Council initiated the consultation on the implementing ordinances on 21 February 2024. A total of six ordinances will be revised, including the Electricity Supply Ordinance (ESO), the Winter Reserve Ordinance (WResO) and the Ordinance on the Organisation to ensure National Economic Supply in the Electricity Sector (ESOO).

From Swissgrid’s point of view, the bill represents an important basis for achieving the federal government’s climate and energy targets. The main principles of the Electricity Supply Act passed by the federal government in 2007 have proved their worth. However, it now needs to evolve due to developments in recent years, including the expansion of renewable energies and the resulting increase in fluctuations in the electricity fed into the grid, as well as the advance of digitalisation and the associated opportunities. The bill takes this into account, for example in the new provisions on data interchange, the creation of a central data platform (data hub) and the use of flexibilities.

Important parts of the draft ordinances still need to be revised. In its statement, Swissgrid emphasises the following points in particular:

  • The ESO contains a clarifying provision (Art. 13a) on the new provision in the Electricity Supply Act concerning the measures to be taken in the event of a threat to secure transmission system operation. However, this clarification will not be sufficient to resolve the major uncertainties that are likely to arise from the new legal provision with regard to cost allocation. Swissgrid is therefore requesting further clarifications. If Swissgrid were to bear unlimited costs, this could create false incentives that would be contrary to the purpose of the provision – ensuring secure grid operation. All the parties involved (distribution system operators, generators of electricity, storage system operators, etc.) are responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the overall system.
  • A further provision in the ESO tasks Swissgrid with operational processing in connection with the lump-sum compensation of the costs for the enhancement of the grid and of connection lines in the distribution system. In its statement, Swissgrid points out that, from a regulatory and organisational perspective, Pronovo would be better suited to perform part of this task. Pronovo has experience with comparable processes as well as some of the necessary data and data systems. This would avoid duplications.
  • According to the revised ESOO, the costs incurred by electricity industry players as a result of measures under the National Economic Supply Act are to be passed on via the transmission system tariffs in the future. In its statement, Swissgrid notes that the legislator has not yet stipulated how these costs are to be reported to end consumers, and asks for this to be done as part of the «power reserve» tariff.

Swissgrid also indicates that, notwithstanding the bill, further measures are required to guarantee Switzerland’s security of supply in the long term. The necessary steps include accelerating the approval process, concluding an electricity agreement with the EU, and clarifying the responsibilities of the balance groups.

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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