Federal Council at the electricity congress
Rösti does not rule out support for nuclear power plants
With regard to Swiss electricity production, Federal Councilor Albert Rösti relies on “technology openness”. And also promised the nuclear power plant operators subsidies. But he didn’t want to promise anything.
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The Swiss nuclear power plants should run for a total of 60 years – if they are safe. Built in 1984, the Leibstadt nuclear power plant is the youngest and most powerful nuclear power plant in Switzerland. (archive image)
It was his first appearance as Energy Minister in front of a home audience: Federal Councilor Albert Rösti (55) spoke about the topic of energy supply. For him, this also includes nuclear power plants for the time being. It is important to him that existing nuclear power plants “can run” for a total of 60 years and are not shut down “unnecessarily early”. In the case of the youngest nuclear power plant in Leibstadt, this would mean that it would continue to supply electricity until 2043.
But the operators need money for this, because they have to retrofit the plants. If necessary, Rösti also wants to help them with subsidies: The Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) is already examining the extent to which support is possible, said Rösti. The Federal Council had already issued this order before Rösti was elected.
Rosti asks for patience
When asked whether he envisaged a paradigm shift in the energy department, Rösti answered cautiously: “Wait a bit.” He would like to say more about this “in a few months”. He is now concentrating on pushing ahead with the expansion of domestic electricity production, because: “We are too dependent on imports, especially on electricity imports.” In this context, Rösti referred to the planned expansion of solar and hydropower. (SDA/sf)