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In order to achieve its objectives, the SFOE has a workforce of around 270 employees, who are responsible for the following main areas of activity:

  • Preparation and implementation of a coherent energy policy, and preparation and enforcement of the necessary legislation and programmes.
  • Promotion of research and development in the area of economical and efficient energy use and the use of renewable forms of energy.
  • Dealing with issues relating to the energy industry and energy technology.
  • Processing and granting of licences in the area of nuclear energy.
  • Licensing of electrical systems for which the Federal Inspectorate for Heavy Current Installations is not responsible.
  • Licensing of pipeline systems.
  • Appropriate utilisation of hydropower and its regulation on bodies of water bordering neighbouring countries.
  • Technical and operational safety of dams and reservoirs, as well as pipeline systems in Switzerland.

In 2018, the SFOE comprises six divisions, plus an International Energy Affairs and a Cleantech section.

Energy Economy Division
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Division
Legal Services, Hydropower and Disposal Division
Supervision and Safety Division
Business Management and Organisation Division
Media and Political Affairs Division
International Energy Affairs Section
Cleantech Section
Last update: 01.01.2018

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