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Green Light After Referendum: Switzerland Relies on The Expansion of Domestic Renewable Energies

Bern, Switzerland - On June 9, 2024, the Swiss voted on the expansion of renewable energies in Switzerland. The “Federal Act on a Secure Electricity Supply with Renewable Energies” was approved by 68.72% of Swiss voters.

The expansion of hydroelectric, wind and solar power plants in Switzerland is to be rapidly advanced in order to improve security of supply and become less dependent on foreign electricity. Opponents wanted to overturn the law via a referendum, but the Swiss rejected this with a two-thirds majority, thus confirming the proposed legislation.

Shortages can occur in Switzerland in winter if not enough electricity can be imported. The new law primarily creates the basis for the expansion of domestic renewable energies.

Photovoltaic systems are to be installed primarily on roofs and facades. For wind turbines and large solar parks of national interest, it is planned to make it easier to obtain permits if they are planned in suitable areas.

In addition to the wind and solar projects, Switzerland wants to realize 16 hydropower projects, either through higher or new dams. Switzerland wants to be climate-neutral by 2050.

Source: IWR Online, 11 Jun 2024