A functioning energy supply in Switzerland and Europe is the foundation of our society. The parameters for how the energy demand of our national economy is to be met have fundamentally changed in recent years. Our energy supply is expected to be secure and affordable, without contributing to climate change. The energy system of the future has to be flexible and renewable.
With the expansion of renewable energy, increases in energy efficiency and the withdrawal from nuclear energy, the transformation of the energy system is progressing apace. This change is furthermore accelerated by the creation of the European domestic electricity market and the liberalization of energy markets. The formulation and implementation of a new market design for this sector present additional challenges for the various stakeholders in the energy market, including:
- Sinking energy prices, European networks and the growth of the renewable energy sector are putting additional pressure on the economic situation of conventional power plants.
- Supply security has to be ensured in spite of the increasing dependence on fluctuating renewable sources.
- Weather-dependent and fluctuating power generation from solar and wind energy bears risks for suppliers and network operators.
- The direction taken by the growth of the renewable energy sector is increasingly being aligned to market forces, which means that plant operators will have to assume a greater level of responsibility for the system.
- The trends toward decentralization of the energy system and self-supply are leading to a more complex network of “prosumers”, virtual power plants and energy suppliers.
- Decarbonization and electrification in the heating and transport sectors are significantly changing the structure of electricity demand.
EBP supports the stakeholders in the energy system in the form of studies, strategic consultations and workshops, and demonstrates how the energy supply of the future can be efficiently designed to meet the three targets of energy policy, namely supply security, affordability and environmental sustainability.