Switzerland to Develop Monitoring System in Case of a Power Crunch

The Swiss government is preparing for the possibility of a severe electricity shortage and is setting up a gas sector crisis intervention group and a monitoring system for early detection.

The government first drew up plans in April for a potential gas shortage following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent Western sanctions. The government says the measures range from asking the public to reduce consumption to possible power rationing in case of a shortage.

It has commissioned the nation’s grid operator Swissgrid to develop and operate a monitoring system to observe developments in electricity supply. The system is expected to go live by the end of this year.

The country’s Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research said in a statement that the monitoring system would provide information on the current supply and market situation in Switzerland and analyses on self-supply. The statement added that the system is particularly intended to show how long the country could secure electricity supply without imports.

Switzerland’s gas industry association, VSG, is also tasked with establishing a crisis intervention organization.

While the Federal Council has been looking for other alternatives over concerns about the association’s independence and loose regulation on the gas market, it went forward with VSG. The task of creating the organization will be limited to one year.

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