Family members should also save now

Companies and industry feel betrayed by the Federal Council’s emergency plan. Energy-intensive industries have been demanding for weeks that private homes must also cut spending in the event of power shortages.

In fact, the Federal Council deals above all with the budget. In the first phase, the state government plans nothing more than calls for austerity. If this does not have the desired effect, large customers, ie industry, will have to reduce their consumption by 20%. About 30,000 companies will be affected in Switzerland.

The FDP pair see the need for action

Alexander Keberle of the business umbrella organization EconomySuisse calls for “companies which make a significant contribution to security of supply or which have suffered substantial losses due to quotas to be better taken into account”.

National Councilor Susan Vincenz-Stoffcher (55) and States Councilor Damien Mueller (37) now want to take this into account. The FDP pair are currently working on a political initiative that would force the Federal Council to take further measures to protect the economy.

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Change should also be rewarded

Families who reduce their gas consumption “by a certain percentage” will receive a bonus or a tax reduction. If the gas consumption increases, at best, a supplement will have to be paid. “This encourages families who do not voluntarily limit their energy consumption today to do so”, explains Damien Muller.

Those who do not use gas at all can also benefit from the speed suggested by the manufacturers, for example by switching to heat pumps or wood heating. “Landlords would be obligated to pass on gas supplier information and any bonuses to tenants,” Muller says.

auctions for measures

For businesses, the FDP pair brings discount auctions into play. Mueller: “It would be a huge advantage if the state could figure out who could get away with using gas without making big losses. This minimizes the economic loss. In concrete terms, this means that the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) will organize an auction for gas-saving measures.

In this case, the contract would be awarded to the company with the lowest gas price per kilowatt hour. “It is conceivable to have different auction volumes for large and small companies. The cost is billed to the end customer as a surcharge per kilowatt hour of gas supply,” says Muller.

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Renewable energies should also be encouraged

Liberals are also eyeing renewable energy: instead of relying on one-off investment contributions like the Federal Council, the electricity industry, like Mueller and Vincenge-Stoffetcher, is looking for variable market premiums – for solar systems, for example.

“The variable market premium compensates for the difference between the market price of electricity and the higher amount specified in the tender, so that the network operator receives a stable minimum tariff for the electricity produced” , explains Muller.

The main difference with previous feed-in tariffs is that the tariff is not set by the state but by the auctioneers.

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