Wind energy potential in Switzerland

The development of wind energy in Switzerland was the subject of a report released in June 2017 by the Federal Office for Regional Development (Bundesamt für Raumentwicklung ARE). 4.3 TWh/a (7% of current total of 66 TWh) by 2050 is the guideline target by the federal government.

A June 2017 Swiss government report (Federal Office for Regional Development, Bundesamt für Raumentwicklung ARE) estimates that wind power generation can be increased to 4.3 TWh/year (7% of current national total power consumption) by 2050, which would entail the modest construction of 400-600 turbines of the 2.5-3.5 MW class. The availability of suitable wind and land resources for wind energy varies greatly, from over a TWh (billion kWh) p.a. in the Cantons of Bern and Vaud, but most cantons are classed as providing very low or negligible wind potential. The cantons retain the right to decide for themselves how and to what extent they can develop renewable energies of all types.

Wind Energy in Switzerland

Total Generation /GWh p.a.Cantons
570 – 1170 BE; VD
260 – 640FR; GR
130 – 400NE; SG; VS
40 – 180AR; GE; JU; LU; SZ; SO; TG; ZH
0 – 60AG; AI; BL; BS; GL; NW; OW; SH; TI; UR; ZG

Source: Federal Office for Regional Development (Bundesamt für Raumentwicklung ARE)

BE Bern; VD Vaud; FR Friburg; GR Grisons; NE Neuchâtel; SG St. Gallen; VS Valais; AR Appenzell Ausserrhoden; GE Geneva; JU Jura; LU Luzern; SZ Schwyz; SO Solothurn; TG Thurgau; ZH Zürich; AG Aargau; AI Appenzell Innerrhoden; BL Basel-Landschaft; BS Basel-Stadt; GL Glarus; NW Nidwalden; OW Obwalden; SH Schaffhausen; TI Ticino; UR Uri; ZG Zug