On 4 September 2013, the Federal Council submitted an initial package of measures to parliament aimed at securing the country's energy supply sustainably over the long term.
Essentially, the Federal Council's new strategy focuses on the consistent exploitation of the existing energy efficiency potentials and on the balanced use of the potentials of hydropower and new renewable energy sources.
The National Council and Council of States approved the package of measures on 8 December 2014 and 23 September 2015 respectively. Currently the two Councils are in the process of resolving their differences over the measures before they both vote again on the entire bill.
Parliament has already responded to the demand for an expansion of renewable energy sources with the legislative amendment that came into force at the start of 2014 (pa.Iv. 12.400). A plan of action benefiting energy-related research has also been agreed. In addition, the Federal Council has had a separate bill drafted on the further development of the electricity network.
In a second phase of Energy Strategy 2050, the Federal Council ultimately wants to replace the existing promotion system with an incentive mechanism.
The fundamental elements in the energy strategy are set out on the DETEC website. Further information can be obtained by using the following links.