Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:1999
Policy Type:Voluntary Approaches>Negotiated Agreements (Public-private sector), Information and Education>Information provision, Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Grants and subsidies, Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Feed-in tariffs/premiums, Policy Support>Strategic planning, Regulatory Instruments, Regulatory Instruments>Codes and standards
Policy Target:Multi-Sectoral Policy
Agency:Federal Council

The Federal Energy Law was adopted by the Parliament in July 1998 and entered into force on 1 January 1999. It was superseded by a completely revised Energy Act that entered into force on 1 January 2018.

The superseded Energy Act replaced the Decree on Energy Use of 1991, which expired at the end of 1998. The superseded Energy Act envisaged measures to reduce energy consumption in the following areas: Regulations stating the energy consumption of installations, vehicles and equipment, and about reducing their consumption.

Cantonal legislation in the building sector (heat insulation, individual metering, and billing of heating and hot water). 

Financial incentives for the efficient use of energy, renewable sources of energy and waste heat and promotion measures (information, advice, education, training, research, pilot installations, demonstration installations). 

Guidelines and regulations to ensure the economic and environmentally friendly supply of energy (responsibility of the energy industry for the supply of energy, the use of waste heat in power stations which run on fossil fuels, regulations for independent power producers). 

The legislation also continued the system of feed-in tariffs for energy from renewable sources, which was commenced under the Federal Energy Decree of 1991.

Electricity companies were obliged to buy electricity from new renewable energy sources and small hydropower produced by private companies at a fixed rate of CHF 0.15 in the annual average.

The interested reader is referred to the original legal texts to become aware of periodic updates on the law and the corresponding ordinances.


The latest amendment to the Energy Act entered into force on 1 January 2014. The amendment was initiated by a Parliamentary Initiative (Number 12.400). For further information refer to Feed-in tariffs for RES and investment aid for small PV.

Related policies:Feed-in Tariffs for RES and Investment Aid for Small PV
This record is superseded by:Electricity Supply Act , Switzerland Energy Act of 30 September 2016

Last modified: Thu, 19 Jul 2018 19:46:12 CEST