The Federal Government has developed a comprehensive strategy for grid development as part of the Energy Strategy 2050. The Electricity Grid Strategy optimises the urgently needed renovation of the grid in order to maintain security of supply in the long term.
Swissgrid supports the approaches of the Electricity Grid Strategy, which seeks to optimise the permitting procedure, clarify roles and responsibilities, and thus lead to more legal certainty. From the point of view of the national grid company, important topics are addressed. These notably are the national importance of the grid, planning security, the eligibility of costs as well as transparent communication and the timely involvement of stakeholders including affected authorities, associations and NGOs. Swissgrid welcomes the clarification of roles and responsibilities in the grid development process. A scenario framework will in future form the binding basis for grid planning in Switzerland. Another positive aspect is the time limit of two years each for the drawing up of the sectoral planning and the planning approval procedure. The sectoral plan will be further enhanced, in particular by including the decision on the technology (overhead lines or cabling). This will result in greater investment and planning security.