It was the PACER (Programme d'Action Energies Renouvelables) impulse programme initiated by the former Federal Office of Economic Affairs (now State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, SECO) that set out to shift the focus to small hydropower. PACER was initiated in 1990 and concluded in 1996. By providing detailed information and decision-making bases for owners of water rights, municipalities, cantonal authorities, engineers and entrepreneurs, it drew attention to the well-developed technology of hydropower and extended it to areas in which it was little used at that time.
One of the important accomplishments of PACER was its preparation of a series of publications that are now regarded as authoritative reference works on hydropower in Switzerland.
DIANE 10 promoted small hydropower plants, primarily on the demand side. For this purpose it studied potentials and analysed obstacles to small hydropower, and identified possible solutions. Thanks to systematic media activity, the degree of public acceptance of small hydropower plants was greatly increased. DIANE also offered information and advisory services, and created a variety of tools. The results were put into practice at conferences and in the form of a series of publications.
After the DIANE programme had been concluded, the SFOE continued its promotion efforts within the scope of the Small Hydropower programme.