Swissgrid responds to legislative revisions


The Swiss Federal Electricity Supply Act is the most important legal basis for the operations of TSCNET shareholder Swissgrid, the Swiss transmission system operator (TSO). The Swiss Federal Office of Energy began revising this legislative act a few years ago in order to bring it into harmony with the national “Energy Strategy 2050”. Since October 2018, a corresponding consultation procedure on the planned revision of the Electricity Supply Act has been underway. The consultation ends today.

The current revision particularly aims at the full liberalisation of the electricity market and the introduction of a storage reserve. It has stimulated an ongoing debate in Switzerland on the security of supply, which is both necessary and explicitly welcomed by Swissgrid. The TSO also considers that the complete liberalisation of the electricity market will lead to new providers and more innovation, thus having a positive impact on the transmission system and the economy as a whole. In this context, however, it has to be emphasised that liberalisation also places higher demands on efficiency and data quality for the entire electricity sector. Because of this, the availability of timely and reliable data will be crucial for forecasting and monitoring.

With regard to the introduction of a storage reserve, Swissgrid takes a critical stance and generally questions the necessity of a strategic reserve. Reserving existing energy without adding more to the system will not increase supply security. In addition, there are still many open questions about the concrete technical design, but also about the roles and responsibilities in the electricity industry. Swissgrid has the task of operating the grid reliably and efficiently, while the entire electricity industry is responsible for the power supply. Through the activation of a storage reserve, the TSO would indirectly become the last-instance supplier, a role that Swissgrid rejects.

Swissgrid responds to the revision of the Swiss Federal Electricity Supply Act

> See Swissgrid media release (html)
> Open Swissgrid’s answer to the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, in German (pdf, 7.83MB)

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Plan to invest


In the newsletter “Energy in Europe” published today, Dominique Ristori, Director General for Energy of the European Commission, offers a very positive summary of the Commision’s plans for the new year. “This plan will kick-start further investment in the energy sector – an essential part of our growth agenda,” Ristori wrote.

> See EC newsletter “Energy in Europe” (html)

> See EC 2015 Work Programme (html)

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Green light for NordLink


TenneT, the Dutch-German TSO today announced that the Norwegian Energy Ministry has given the green light for the undersea cable between Norway and Germany. TenneT welcomes the signal “as an extremely positive step forward” for the important energy transition project. Start-up of the HVDC line is planned to start by the end of 2018.

> See TenneT press release


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Juncker sets his sights on “Energy Union”


The European Parliament selected Jean-Claude Juncker as the new president of the European Commission, succeeding Jose Manuel Barroso. Juncker now declared that he wants to “reform and reorganise Europe’s energy policy in a new European Energy Union” with pooled resources and combined infrastructures. Moreover he wants “Europe’s Energy Union to become the world number one in renewable energies”.

> See Jean-Claude Juncker’s “Priorities”
> Open Jean-Claude Juncker’s “Political Guidelines” (pdf)

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