The Federal Electricity Supply Act, which was adopted by Parliament in 2007, envisaged a liberalisation of the market in two stages: in the first five years (2009 to 2013), end users with an annual consumption of more than 100,000 kWh, were able to opt for free market access. Then after five years, households and other small-scale consumers would also have been able to choose their electricity supplier, but this second stage has not been implemented to date.
The aim behind the ongoing revision of the Federal Electricity Supply Act is to bring about the full liberalisation of the electricity market. At the same time, the intention is to adapt the Federal Energy Act. Here, the aim is to implement measures to support the liberalisation of the market by providing more attractive incentives for investing in domestic renewable energy, and thus to strengthen Switzerland’s supply security. The Federal Council has entrusted the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) with the task of preparing a catalogue of potential measures by 2020.