Switzerland's final energy consumption rose in 2012 by 3.7% to 882,280 terajoules (TJ) compared to 2011. The main reason for the increase was the colder weather. Positive developments in the economy also contributed to greater demand as did the continu-ing increase in the population.
[ General Secretariat of the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications; General Secretariat DETEC ]
Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard has signed two agreements in Beijing which will lead to closer cooperation between Switzerland and China in the fields of transport and forestry. The Head of the Federal Department for the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications DETEC also met State Councillor Yang Jiechi and other ministers in the Chinese government.
In 2012, end electricity consumption in Switzerland rose by 0.6% to 59.0 billion kilowatt hours (kWh); domestic consumption (including losses occurring in transmission and distribution) was 63.4 billion kWh. Production at Switzerland's power plants rose by 8.2% to 68.0 billion kWh, or 65.6 billion kWh after deduction of electricity consumed by storage pumps. Overall this resulted in an electricity export surplus of 2.2 billion kWh compared to an import surplus of 2.6 billion kWh in 2011.
Walter Steinmann, Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, will visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Azerbaijan from 13-17 January 2013. In Abu Dhabi (UAE), he will represent Switzerland at the third session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and participate in the international World Future Energy Summit 2013 together with a delegation from Swiss cleantech and energy research companies. Subsequently, Director Steinmann will travel to Baku (Azerbaijan) to scheduled discussions with decision-makers from politics and the economy. The Federal Council has conferred the title of Secretary of State on Walter Steinmann for the duration of the trip.