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Swiss Grid-Storage Capacities

Private households in Switzerland are increasingly investing in their own electricity production facilities to cover their own electricity needs. Excessively produced electricity is fed into the grid against payment at a subsidised rate since renewable energy, such as solar, is still not at grid parity.

Private households in Switzerland are increasingly investing in their own electricity production facilities to cover their own electricity needs. Excessively produced electricity is fed into the grid against payment at a subsidised rate since renewable energy, such as solar, is still not at grid parity.

Switzerland consumed 63.7 TWh of electricity in 2016. It makes a profit of around 1bn Swiss francs from trade: e.g. in 2011, it imported 83 TWh and exported 81 TWh.

Switzerland's electricity consumption over the past years has been very stable, and even fell a little between 2015 and 2016.

Swiss electricity statistics 2016

  • Total consumption = 58.24 TWh
  • Almost unchanged between 2015 and 2016

  • Domestic production = 58.7 TWh
  • After deduction of electricity consumed by storage pumps

  • Import surplus = 3.9 TWh
  • For the first time ever a negative foreign trade balance of 145 million Swiss francs was recorded over the entire calendar year.

  • Domestic consumption = 62.6 TWh
  • 58.3 TWh used by consumers, 4.4 TWh losses in transmission and distribution. A decrease of 0.01% (7 GWh) over 2015.

  • Average consumption per capita = 6.994 MWh
  • Data source: bfe.admin.ch (Swiss Federal Office of Energy SFOE)

    Electricity production fell by 6.6% to 61.6 TWh in 2016 (2015:66.0 TWh). After deducting the consumption of storage pumps of 2.9 TWh, the net generation is 58.7 TWh.