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Switzerland's Electricity Supply Act passes referendum with 68.7% approval

The Federal Act on a Secure Electricity Supply from Renewable Energy Sources was approved by Swiss voters under popular referendum on 9 June 2024. The proposed legislation prepares the ground for Switzerland to rapidly produce more electricity from renewable energy sources such as water, sun, wind, and biomass to consolidate the independence of their electricity supply. With a 68.7% approval, the electricity law (the Mantelerlass) is to come into force in January 2025. The bill includes funding instruments as well as new regulations for electricity production, transport, storage, and consumption, and it seeks to simplify the planning of 16 hydropower plants. 

At the end of 2022, Switzerland had a total installed capacity of 24 GW, made up of 15.6 GW of hydro, 4.7 GW of solar, 2.9 GW of nuclear, and less than 100 MW of wind. 

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