Electric Power Generating Opportunities in Switzerland

An Expert's View about Energy Efficiency in Switzerland

Posted on: 22 Sep 2010

The Swiss energy program has become a major driving force behind innovation in Switzerland's economy. There are a number of opportunities for UK companies to win this market.

Sector briefing Electric Power Generating Opportunities in Switzerland Why Switzerland? The Swiss government is committed to a sustainable energy supply from a mix of sources. The SwissEnergy programme has become a major driving force behind innovation in Switzerland's economy. One of the top priorities of Switzerland?s energy policy is to increase the proportion of electricity produced from renewable energy by 10% of the country?s present-day electricity consumption, by 2030. However, nuclear energy still is an indispensable part of the Swiss electricity mix. In anticipation of potential power shortages ?The SwissEnergy programme due to the decommissioning of the existing has become a major driving nuclear power plants, the building of new nuclear power plants is seen as necessary. force behind innovation in Three applications have been submitted and Switzerland's economy ? are currently considered by the authorities. A Swiss public vote on the issue is expected to take place in 2013. Find general information on the Swiss market conditions on UKTI?s website. The Doing Business Guide for Switzerland gives an overview of Switzerland?s economy, business culture, potential opportunities and an introduction to other relevant issue. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Electric Power Generating opportunities in Switzerland Mrs Marie Gow, Project Manager Trade Opportunities Tel: +41 (0)22 918 24 78, Marie.Gow@fco.gov.uk British Consulate-General 40% of the power produced in Switzerland is Avenue Louis Casaï 58 generated from five nuclear power plants, and P.O. Box 6, CH-1216 Cointrin (Geneva) the other 57% is generated by renewable sources, with hydropower by far the biggest Key methods of doing business contributor. Newer forms of renewable energy such as waste incineration, biogas or Business is rarely done through agents but via solar energy currently contribute around 3% direct procurement. A further key method for towards Switzerland?s electricity production UK firms to enter the Swiss market is through with an increasing share to be expected. Swiss public procurement. Tenders are Fo commonly publicised in the Swiss Official llowing the rising electricity demand, proposals have been submi Gazette of Commerce (www.shab.chtted to the Swiss ). Government to gain Publication in official EU publications is not planning permission for 3 new Nuclear Power Plants required of Swiss based firms, but Switzerland of 1600MW each. The planning perm is committed to the WTO agreement, which ission process is expected to take up many procurement processes adhere to. to 4 years. In addition, Switzerland is considering establishing new thermal and Even though Switzerland is not a member combined plants to prevent a possible state, the European Union is by far the shortage of power in the foreseeable future. most important trading partner of There are a number of opportunities for UK Switzerland. However, while Switzerland companies to win stakes shares close contractual ties with the EU, the in all aspects of power production, as Switzerland?s country has its own established standards and power companies are continually seeking equipment to stream- regulations, which are not necessarily, but more often than not, valid within the EU. line and upgrade operations. Demand is expected to grow for power management Switzerland encompasses three main systems (IT), switching and distribution languages (German, French, Italian) and even equipment. The promotion of renewable energy though English is widely spoken it is important includes the procurement of relevant to have any documentation available in at least technology and equipment from abroad ? an one of the official national languages. aspect which may be of interest to UK manufac In general, quality and technical criteria turers. are more important than price in bid Further opportunities include: decisions. If you wish to establish a long-term ? Consulting and engineering services relationship with Swiss customers you should ? Management systems and emergency control be prepared to satisfy the demands and ? Equipment for power plants (generators, requirements, provide evidence of flexibility turbines) and a high level of service, and express ? Complete turnkey power generating plants commitment to the market. It is essential that (gas, nuclear, hydro) products are supplied on schedule and in ? Small compact plants for decentralized accordance with the contracted details. power generation Ongoing communication and feedback between ? Plant design supplier and customer is another important ? Waste management aspect. If you have any questions on the opportunities Aid-funded business above, contact the UKTI contacts named in this If you believe your product or service might report. Business opportunities aimed also be relevant to the Geneva-based United specifically at UK companies are added daily to Nations and International Red Cross UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our organisations or to the Rome based food and staff overseas in British Embassies, High agriculture organisations, please contact our Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors specialist Aid Funded Business team: and in over 100 markets. Mrs Eleanor Baha, Vice-Consul (Trade and You can be alerted to business opportunities on Development); Tel: +41 (0)22 918 24 21 a regular basis by registering on the UKTI Eleanor.Baha@fco.gov.uk website. Find out more on UKTI?s business opportunities service on the UKTI website UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Electric Power Generating opportunities in Switzerland Major events and activities Events in Switzerland Climate Cent Foundation URL: www.klimarappen.ch Powertage Swiss Energy Days URL: www.powertage.ch Time: 1-3 June 2010 Magazine: Ineltec Technology fair for building and Swiss Energy Newsletter infrastructure URL: www.energieschweiz.ch URL: www.ineltec.ch Time: 13-16 September 2011 Find full details of all events in this Useful websites: country and sector on the UKTI website. New export events are added daily to the site Legislation: and you can register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) including information on the SwissEnergy programme URL: www.bfe.admin.ch UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Federal Commission for Nuclear Safety NSC Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend URL: http://www.bfe.admin.ch/kns/ trade shows overseas. Find out more about Federal Electricity Supply Act UKTI support for attendance at overseas URL: www.uvek.admin.ch events Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate URL: www.ensi.ch Operators: Swiss Transmission Grid URL: www.swissgrid.ch ALPIQ (former ATEL and EOS) URL: www.alpiq.com BKW FMB Energie AG URL: www.bkw.ch CKW Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke URL: www.ckw.ch EGL Elektrizitäts-Gesellschaft Laufenburg AG URL: www.egl.ch EWZ Elektrizitätswerk der Stadt Zürich URL: www.ewz.ch NOK Nordostschweizerische Kraftwerke URL: www.nok.ch Federations: Swiss Electricity Federation URL: www.strom.ch Schweizerischer Wasserwirtschaftsverband URL: www.swv.ch Swiss Gaz and Water Industry Association URL: www.svgw.ch UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Electric Power Generating opportunities in Switzerland UKTI contacts Peter Mueller-McDougall Trade & Investment Attaché British Embassy Switzerland Tel: +41 (0)31 359 7728 Email: peter.mueller@fco.gov.uk www.ukti.gov.uk Regula Hofer Senior Project Manager Trade & Investment British Embassy Switzerland Tel: +41 (0) 31 359 7742 Email: regula.hofer@fco.gov.uk www.ukti.gov.uk UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Electric Power Generating opportunities in Switzerland Next steps - How UKTI can help ? Arranging appointments British companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in the Swiss market are advised to you to meet contacts and promote your undertake as much market research and company in the Chinese market planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in Switzerland with its wide local knowledge and This work is available via our Overseas Market experience, can provide a range of services to Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable British-based companies wishing to grow their service which assists British-based companies business in global markets. wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information To find out more about commissioning this ? Validated lists of agents/distributors work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Key market players or potential specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website customers in the Chinese market to find contact details for your local UKTI ? Establishment of interest of such office. contacts in working with you Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Electric Power Generating opportunities in Switzerland
Posted: 22 September 2010