SWISS PROPERTY OWNERS’ STANCE ON ELECTRICITY PROVISION

Rainer Fueg

Abstract


Switzerland endeavours to reduce the amount of non-sustainable energies in the country through new energy law vote. This study obtained information on the stances of property owners on electricity provision from randomly selected 1, 287 owners in Northwester Switzerland. A high reliability of power supply is by far the most important aspect of energy policy for property owners in Northwestern Switzerland. The property owners in Northwestern Switzerland mostly prefer government intervention for higher energy efficiency in the form of subsidiaries and tax incentives for the renovation of buildings and the production of renewable forms of energy. Slightly more than half the property owners expect the state not to promote renewable energies indiscriminately via subsidies or other financial means. They can be grouped in three groups, based on their answers to the question of how best to safeguarding the future power supply --- the “Savers”, the “Alternativists” and the “Nuclearists”. There are almost no differences between the groups when it comes to promote only renewables with a high degree of effectiveness. Only the “nuclearists” have a tendency to reject the promotion of renewables. They differ partially in their stances regarding political decisions that are to be made, and in their willingness to pay more than today for electric energy. For property owners in Northwestern Switzerland, safeguarding a dependable power supply is crucial. The state should promote this development using subsidies, tax incentives and motivation, but it should not force a development through additional laws and regulations or higher prices.

Keywords: Swiss, Switzerland, Property Owners, Electricity, Energy, Government, Nuclear, Alternative

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