[ Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications ]
Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard was received today by President Ilham Alijew during an official visit to Azerbaijan. Discussions focussed on the specific implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the two states in 2007 in the field of energy.
The Federal Council intends to continue to safeguard Switzerland's high level of energy security although without nuclear energy in the medium term. That was the decision taken at its special meeting today. Existing nuclear power plants should be decommissioned at the end of their operational lifespan and not be replaced by new nuclear power plants.
Electricity consumption in Switzerland increased by 4% in 2010 to 59.8 billion kilowatt hours (kWh). Domestic power plants generated 66.3 billion kWh, or 0.4% less electricity than in 2009. With imports at 66.8 billion kWh and exports of 66.3 billion kWh, an excess of imports in electricity was recorded in 2010, as in the years 2005 and 2006.
Walter Steinmann, Director of the Federal Office of Energy, will head a 25-member Swiss delegation that will participate in the International World Future Energy Summit 2011 from 17-20 January 2011 in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates).