Energy Act (EnA, Switzerland, 2016)

In May 2017, a referendum approved the Swiss New Energy Act, which is part of the Energy Strategy 2050 programme.

Art. 1 Purpose

The purpose of this Act is to contribute to an adequate, diversified, secure, economical and environmentally sound energy supply.

Its purpose is to

a. to ensure an economical and environmentally friendly supply and distribution of energy;

b. to ensure the economical and efficient use of energy;

c. to allow the transition to an energy supply based on increased use of renewable energies, in particular indigenous renewable energies.

Art. 2 Indicative values for the development of electricity from renewable energies

With regard to the average indigenous production of electricity from renewable energy sources, excluding hydropower, development should be targeted to reach at least 4400 GWh in 2020 and at least 11 400 GWh in 2035.

With regard to the average indigenous production of electricity from hydropower, a development target of at least 37 400 GWh should be set for 2035. For pumped storage power plants, only production from natural flows is included in these indicative values.

The Federal Council may set additional intermediate guide values, globally or for specific technologies.

Art. 3 Indicative consumption values

With regard to average energy consumption per person per year, a reduction of 16 % from the 2000 level should be targeted by 2020 and 43 % by 2035.

With regard to average electricity consumption per person per year, a reduction of 3% from the 2000 level should be targeted by 2020 and 13% by 2035.