The Future of Swiss Hydropower - A Review on Drivers and Uncertainties

50 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2015

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Michael Barry

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland

Patrick Baur

University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur

Ludovic Gaudard

University of Geneva; Imperial College London

Gianluca Giuliani

University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur

Werner Hediger

University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur

Franco Romerio

University of Geneva - GSEM and ISE

Moritz Schillinger

University of Basel - Center for Economic Science

René Schumann

HES-SO Valais / Wallis

Guillaume Voegeli

University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur

Hannes Weigt

WWZ, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät der Universität Basel

Date Written: September 22, 2015

Abstract

Swiss Hydropower (HP) is currently facing a wide range of challenges that have initiated a debate about future prospects and its role within the envisioned energy transition. Building on this debate, this paper provides an overview of the status and prospects of Swiss HP by identifying and evaluating the different drivers and uncertainties that Swiss HP faces. Based on a review and the perceptions held by some of the main Swiss HP stakeholders the two main topics that need to be addressed are the market driven impacts and the political, legal and social aspects. While the market dynamics cannot directly be influenced by Swiss companies or authorities, the regulatory framework can and needs to be adjusted. However, this requires a comprehensive stakeholder process and is at least a medium-term process.

Keywords: Switzerland, energy transition, hydro power, climate change, electricity market

JEL Classification: L94

Suggested Citation

Barry, Michael and Baur, Patrick and Gaudard, Ludovic and Giuliani, Gianluca and Hediger, Werner and Romerio, Franco and Schillinger, Moritz and Schumann, René and Voegeli, Guillaume and Weigt, Hannes, The Future of Swiss Hydropower - A Review on Drivers and Uncertainties (September 22, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2663879 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2663879

Michael Barry

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland ( email )

Rue de la Jeunesse 1
Switzerland

Patrick Baur

University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur ( email )

Pulvermühlestrasse 57
Chur, 7004
Switzerland

Ludovic Gaudard

University of Geneva ( email )

102 Bd Carl-Vogt
Genève, CH - 1205
Switzerland

Imperial College London ( email )

South Kensington Campus
Exhibition Road
London, Greater London SW7 2AZ
United Kingdom

Gianluca Giuliani

University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur ( email )

Pulvermühlestrasse 57
Chur, 7004
Switzerland

Werner Hediger

University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur ( email )

Pulvermühlestrasse 57
Chur, 7004
Switzerland

Franco Romerio

University of Geneva - GSEM and ISE ( email )

Geneva, CH - 1205
Switzerland

HOME PAGE: http://www.unige.ch/environnement/ecopo/welcome.html

Moritz Schillinger

University of Basel - Center for Economic Science ( email )

Basel, 4051
Switzerland

René Schumann

HES-SO Valais / Wallis ( email )

Rue de Technopole 3
Sierre, 3960
Switzerland

Guillaume Voegeli

University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur ( email )

Pulvermühlestrasse 57
Chur, 7004
Switzerland

Hannes Weigt (Contact Author)

WWZ, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät der Universität Basel ( email )

Basel, 4051
Switzerland

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