Energy Strategy 2050: The ES2050 aims at further boosting renewable energies in order to reach the following indicative electricity generation targets: 4400 GWh (excluding hydro) by 2020, 11400 GWh (excluding hydro) by 2035; 37400 GWh average yearly hydro production by 2035. The main levers are a - time-limited – funding increase (by increasing the grid surcharge cap for electricity) and increased CO2 levy proceeds (which are partly allocated - with cantonal co-funding - for heating from renewable sources in buildings).
Keeping overall renewable funding under control has been an important policy goal since the introduction of a feed-in tariff in 2009 (and also in earlier policies). This has been achieved by capping the grid surcharge (albeit increasing it in successive steps from 0.45 cent/kWh in 2012 to 0.6 cent in 2014, 1.1 cent in 2015, 1.3 cent in 2016, 1.5 cent in 2017).
A new element of the ES2050 are sunset clauses for the different measures: end 2022 for the hydropower market premium and new commitment of feed-in premiums, end 2025 for the Building Refurbishment Programme (and its renewable heating component), end 2030 for investment aid.