Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Environmentalists win partial victory

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Tough struggle for Swiss green electricity

Environmentalists win partial victory

The Council of States wants to massively expand renewable energies by 2050 in order to secure the power supply. A majority wants to achieve this without clear cuts in environmental law.


Renewable energies – including hydropower – are to be massively expanded.

On Thursday, the Council of States set the course for the energy transition. The goal: Hydropower, wind and solar energy should be promoted more and faster. There are to be new binding expansion targets for the years 2035 to 2050.

The Council of States goes well beyond the Federal Council’s proposals: the target values ​​for hydropower are 37.9 terawatt hours by 2035 and 39.2 terawatt hours by 2050. The other renewables are to deliver 35 terawatt hours by 2035 and 45 terawatt hours by 2050.

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