Wind energy, Switzerland
Switzerland produces around 67,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity annually. Around 60 percent of this amount of power comes from renewable sources of energy , and the largest part of it, around 56 percent, is hydro power. Solar energy, biomass, wind power and other renewable sources of energy produce an additional small percentage (four percent), but are gaining significance year by year.
Funding of wind power
In 2012, a total of around 85 GWh of electricity was produced by 30 wind farms in Switzerland. The federal government actively promotes the use of wind power. The potential is enormous and the objective of the new energy law is correspondingly high. By 2020, wind energy power plants are to produce around 600 GWh of electricity per year, and by 2050 it should be 4,000 GWh.
Subsidies for wind energy can be obtained in Switzerland. The cost-covering feed-in remuneration (KEV) also applies to wind energy and new systems that are put into operation can be registered with the national power grid company, Swissgrid.
How much electricity is produced by each source of energy in Switzerland? What are the challenges for the energy transition? The federal agency for energy (BFE) has comprehensive information.
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Electricity production, Switzerland
By 2020, wind energy power plants are to produce around 600 GWh per year, and by 2050 it is to be 4,000 GWh.
Around 60 percent of the electricity produced in Switzerland comes from renewable sources of energy, and the largest part of it, around 56 percent, is hydro power.
Wind energy has been used since antiquity in order to make energy from the environment available for technical applications.