The Future of Swiss Hydropower: Realities, Options and Open Questions

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Michael Barry

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland

Regina Betz

Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Sandro Fuchs

Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Ludovic Gaudard

University of Geneva; Imperial College London

Thomas Geissmann

Massachusetts Institute of Technology; ETH Zürich - CER-ETH - Center of Economic Research at ETH Zurich

Gianluca Giuliani

University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur

Werner Hediger

University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur

Marc Herter

University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur

Mirjam Kosch

ETH Zürich

Franco Romerio

University of Geneva - GSEM and ISE

Moritz Schillinger

University of Basel - Center for Economic Science

Lutz Schlange

University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur

Christoph Schuler

Zurich University of Applied Sciences

René Schumann

HES-SO Valais / Wallis

Guillaume Voegeli

University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur

Hannes Weigt

WWZ, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät der Universität Basel

Date Written: March 29, 2019

Abstract

The NRP70 project ‘The Future of Swiss Hydropower: An Integrated Economic Assessment of Chances, Threats and Solutions’ (HP Future) addresses the challenges Swiss Hydropower faces in the changing electricity market environment. In particular it aims to answer four main research questions:

1. What are short-term operational options for Swiss HP to cope with the volatile market situation?

2. What are long-term investment options for Swiss HP and how can uncertainty be accounted?

3. What are the regional impacts from a comprehensive sustainability perspective?

4. What are the effects of different water fee reform options?

The project started in fall 2014 and lasted until December 2018. This final report provides a summary on the main findings and recommendations for decision makers.

Keywords: Switzerland, hydropower, investments, energy policy

JEL Classification: L94

Suggested Citation

Barry, Michael and Betz, Regina and Fuchs, Sandro and Gaudard, Ludovic and Geissmann, Thomas and Giuliani, Gianluca and Hediger, Werner and Herter, Marc and Kosch, Mirjam and Romerio, Franco and Schillinger, Moritz and Schlange, Lutz and Schuler, Christoph and Schumann, René and Voegeli, Guillaume and Weigt, Hannes, The Future of Swiss Hydropower: Realities, Options and Open Questions (March 29, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3406711 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3406711

Michael Barry

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland ( email )

Rue de la Jeunesse 1
Switzerland

Regina Betz

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ( email )

Centre for Energy and the Environment (CEE)
Bahnhofplatz 12
Winterthur, CH 8401
Switzerland

Sandro Fuchs

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ( email )

Institut fuer Angewandte Medienwissenschaft
Zur Kesselschmiede 35
Winterthur, CH 8401
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

Thomas Geissmann

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( email )

77 Massachusetts Avenue
50 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
United States

ETH Zürich - CER-ETH - Center of Economic Research at ETH Zurich ( email )

Zürichbergstrasse 18
Zurich, 8092
Switzerland

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

Marc Herter

University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur ( email )

Pulvermühlestrasse 57
Chur, 7004
Switzerland

Mirjam Kosch

ETH Zürich ( email )

Zürichbergstrasse 18
8092 Zurich, CH-1015
Switzerland

Franco Romerio

University of Geneva - GSEM and ISE ( email )

Geneva, CH - 1205
Switzerland

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Moritz Schillinger

University of Basel - Center for Economic Science ( email )

Basel, 4051
Switzerland

Lutz Schlange

University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur ( email )

Pulvermühlestrasse 57
Chur, 7004
Switzerland

Christoph Schuler

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ( email )

Institut fuer Angewandte Medienwissenschaft
Zur Kesselschmiede 35
Winterthur, CH 8401
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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