Swissgrid is responsible for the project planning and implementation of the transmission lines. The period from the start of a project through to commissioning is currently 15 years on average. In reality, the processes can take up to 30 years. Objections and federal court rulings in a late phase frequently cause a project to be delayed by years.
Politicians, the industry, the state and Swissgrid have recognised that project planning and the approval and legal proceedings must be sped up. The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (BFE) has therefore devised measures as part of the «Grid strategy» to accelerate the planning and approval process, including the legal bodies.
Security of supply has top priority for Swissgrid. It is important that public authorities specify a framework which enables security of supply to be guaranteed. This includes processes that last a maximum of 5-8 years. Swissgrid recommends retaining the maximum duration of the approval processes as defined by law.
BFE and Swissgrid have undertaken to cooperate efficiently so that the aim of fast processing can be achieved.