Swiss officials have drafted emergency proposals that restrict power usage if things get bad this winter. More than half, or 60 percent of the country’s energy comes from hydropowered means, but in the winter months productions slows and the country relies on imports. At the very minimum, buildings will only be able to be heated to 20 degrees Celsius.
According to rumours, Switzerland may prohibit the usage of electric vehicles this winter as government authorities prepare for an energy crisis during the winter months.
According to The Telegraph, Swiss officials have devised emergency ideas that would limit electricity consumption if things got bad this winter.
Shop hours, for example, may need to be reduced, streaming services may need to be curtailed, and buildings may only be heated to 20 degrees Celsius, or 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ban On Electric Cars
According to the Telegraph, other limitations might include concerts, theatre plays, and athletic events, all in an effort to avoid a blackout.
Switzerland is bracing for potential blackouts since it relies on imported electricity during the summer months. While hydropower accounts for more than half, or 60%, of the country’s energy, production decreases during the winter months, forcing the country to rely on imports. The crisis in Ukraine has led to import shortages throughout Europe, but when combined with Switzerland’s reliance on hydropower, the country is “susceptible to energy shortages,” according to the Telegraph.
The country’s emergency response strategy is divided into two categories: crisis and emergency. It also contains three limits levels in the first tier and two restrictions levels in the third layer.
Swiss officials will activate each tier and level dependent on the level of supplies. Buildings will be able to be heated to a maximum of 20 degrees Celsius. As things heat up, electric vehicles will be limited to necessary trips, and in the worst-case scenario, concerts and sporting events will be cancelled.
The proposal also includes steps such as turning off escalators and Christmas lights, silencing leaf blowers, and prohibiting bitcoin mining.
As of 2016, Switzerland generated 59,009,580 MWh of electricity, accounting for 101% of its annual consumption needs.
Yes, This equates to an average of 6,721 kWh per person. Switzerland can totally rely on self-generated energy.
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