Electricity consumption in Switzerland declined by 2.1% in 2009 to 57.5 billion kilowatt hours (kWh). Domestic power plants generated 66.5 billion kWh, or 0.7% less electricity than in 2008. An export surplus of 2.2 billion kWh was achieved in comparison with 2008 with imports of 52.0 billion kWh and exports of 54.2 billion kWh.
Walter Steinmann, Director of the Federal Office of Energy, travels to Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) for a three-day working visit on January 16, 2010. He will participate in the international World Future Energy Summit 2010 where he represents Switzerland at a round-table discussion attended by energy ministers.