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The EU is now also part of the current period

It no longer hums usual evenly in the Swiss power lines. 382 change of network operator Swissgrid had to intervene last year in order to keep the voltage – a

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The EU is now also part of the current period

It no longer hums usual evenly in the Swiss power lines. 382 change of network operator Swissgrid had to intervene last year in order to keep the voltage – a negative record. In 2011, only two interventions were necessary.

For consumers, will increase the current account: The charges for the system services. Swissgrid has to pay for each procedure, ensure that power plants to feed either more or less electricity into the grid. Around 100 million francs in costs this year.

In the future, the stabilization of the power grid could be more expensive. "By the end of 2019, the exclusion from the lucrative balancing power market is at risk," said Federal councillor Simonetta Sommaruga in the Parliament session. Behind the so far overlooked statement is the fear that the EU excludes the Switzerland of a new trading platform, on of the twelve EU countries are part of the control energy act.

Their goal is that the prices are falling. The project called Terre is one of five such markets, and will go in the middle of December in 2019. Switzerland was one of the driving forces behind it.

Now everything is political

in the Meantime, Sand is falling into the transmission. Because of the Federal Council has not yet decided on the institutional agreements, builds the EU Commission pressure. All of the innovations in the relations have to be approved since January by the Cabinet of President Jean-Claude Juncker .

Previously it was almost only discussed three consequences of this: the recognition of the Swiss stock exchange law, which applies on a provisional basis until June 2019, the disadvantages for the medical technology industry by 2020, if the EU stuck to the agreement on the barriers to trade, and the exclusion of research from the Horizon programme.

the Deadline to be added to the current. Jörg Spicker, Swissgrid is responsible among other things for relations with Europe, says: "Informally, it has let us in Brussels know that the EU Commission is on a clear decision of the Federal Council the framework agreement and, thereafter, a bilateral electricity agreement to wait." The EU threatens so, in honor of Swissgrid and the Swiss electricity producers access to Terre in mid-December.

A spokeswoman for the EU Commission with a "partial participation" of Switzerland "could be possible", if otherwise the security of the system in the Region would be endangered. A full integration in the electricity market was "unfortunately not possible", as long as no agreement that the same rules apply.

The uncertainty in the balancing energy market concern, the responsible of Swissgrid. "The project is important to us, we have also made appropriate investments," says Spicker. "We have hedged for the case of an exclusion financially." What are the effects on the current economy, is unclear.

A " no " from Brussels would mean more expenses in order to keep the power grid stable. "The problems will increase," says Spicker. For January and February of this year, Swissgrid had to negotiate an agreement that restricted discharge of the Swiss network, the electricity trade between France and Germany. The parties have already communicated clearly that this is not going to be in the next Winter.

"The creeping exclusion of Switzerland from the European electricity market is accelerating."Jörg Spicker, Swissgrid

The Swiss electricity grid operator advertises for a rapid conclusion of the current agreement, for which the institutional agreement is a condition. "The sooner, the better," says Spicker. "The creeping exclusion of Switzerland from the European electricity market is accelerating." In 2015, the EU called for a new electricity trading exchange, which countries are linked to the markets of the EU close. Switzerland has no access to what they cost, according to estimates, around 130 million Swiss francs a year.

by 2020, will expand the exchange to more countries in the EU, which are expected to rise further losses, according to the Association of the Swiss energy supplier to 300 million Swiss francs. Be a Lobbyist Dominique Martin asks a question of an industry-sheet, to assess the scope of the contract is positive. Due to the delay, additional costs would be incurred here, while in the EU, efficiency gains would be retracted. To speculate, Switzerland get later on better Alternatives would be "quite adventurous".


a Similar situation will follow as it sounds at Swissgrid. "The institutional agreement is a Central issue for Switzerland," says Spicker. "If the current agreement is not reached, there will be consequences for Switzerland, which we are starting to capture up until now." Before the Blackouts, Swissgrid will only warn you cryptic. "Our plans for security of supply based on the conclusion of the current agreement," says Spicker. "Without an agreement we have to align ourselves strategically new." Swissgrid CEO Yves Zumwald spoke sarcastically of the "Reduit Suisse".

Such statements should be startling other politicians, hopes the Zürcher Nationalrat Martin Bäumle . They would have wiped out alerts to the current market so far. "The importance of a current agreement for Switzerland is still underestimated", said the green-liberal. However, he warns Brussels against Switzerland at the balancing energy market, formally: "The EU Commission must consider well, whether you decide technical issues by political means. That would be an own goal." The Swiss network is connected to over 40 points with the European, and flow by flow, irrespective of state borders where there is the least resistance. Bäumle: "A Blackout would meet the Switzerland and the EU."

The Lucerne FDP councillor Damian Müller, however, warns, in Brussels, frustration, and conflict with Switzerland could not take "the", if it can be done with the institutional contract forward. "More and more areas come to the fore, in which we are affected as closely with Europe connected country directly, if we find the EU is not a solution," says Müller.

On the opposite side gives SVP- Energy policy Hansjörg Knecht a, a current agreement would be useful. "But only if it is negotiated between partners at eye level," says the Aargauer the national Council. Currently, it would fall under the institutional agreement, the have no Chance. "The EU sets the wheels in motion to get us to agree to stuff. So we need to generate counter-pressure," says Knecht. The Federal Council should develop a catalogue of defensive measures, for example, EU-trucks no longer drive through. However, he was convinced that it would come to this, says servant. Rather, will is currently working hard to negotiate deals. "Both of them have an interest in the regulated bilateral relations," says Knecht. "I assume that we will find appropriate partners for a solution."


Created: 28.03.2019, at 22:19

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