At the heart of Europe, Switzerland is a vital cross-border hub. Around eleven percent of Europe's electricity flows through Switzerland. While this represents a major challenge and responsibility, Switzerland benefits in many ways from this role.
Secure supply of energy
As a transit country, Switzerland is well integrated into the European grid: Its ability to import and export means that Switzerland always has sufficient electricity. Switzerland is an importer of electricity in the two winter quarters. Imports compensate for the reduced levels of electricity production caused by low water levels in the Swiss reservoirs.
Efficient electricity supply
These electricity flows would not be possible without the standards and international cooperations devised jointly with transmission system operators in neighbouring countries, which help to make the supply of energy efficient and secure. Working together in European bodies ensures that Swiss expertise in cross-border regulation is passed on, while at the same time Switzerland is able to acquire knowledge and information early on about developments in Europe. This knowledge helps to ensure that Switzerland's energy supply is secure and efficient.
Creating value from electricity trading
Electricity exports depend on cooperation with neighbouring markets and function as a result of technical standards and common market rules. Switzerland has the task of temporarily storing energy, using its pumped storage power plants. This energy can then be sold when demand is high.