The growing amount of decentralised power generation and a rise in total energy efficiency in Switzerland are leading to numerous new challenges for the power grid.
Smart grids will help to meet these challenges. Information and communication technologies are being used to create integrated data and electricity networks with pioneering functionalities. For example, intelligent control systems can regulate fluctuating electricity generation from renewable energies and electricity consumption. Smart grids ensure that systems and grids operate safely, efficiently and reliably and help to reduce the need to expand the power grid.
Intelligent measuring systems – smart meters – installed on the premises of end-users are a component of smart grids. They are one element in increasing energy efficiency and also help to save electricity. They also support the power grid's new functionalities. Installing smart meters with end-users is an integral part of the 2050 Energy Strategy.
The SFOE is working hard on the future of the power grid. It has already carried out an impact assessment on the introduction of smart grids. It is drawing up both a smart grid strategy and a smart grid roadmap for Switzerland. In addition the SFOE will outline a schedule and the available options for developing the power grid in Switzerland, and establish when and where action needs to be taken.