For Fabio Regazzi, president of the Swiss trade association SGV, high energy prices are a threat to the existence of many SMEs. So the SGV presented a list of demands to Bern on Monday.
Fabio Regazzi is “worried”. Central National Councilor and President of SGV Trade Association said that the price hammer for electricity was unbearable for many companies, even threatening their existence. The price hammer has struck him as well: The Ticino entrepreneur is asked to pay 1,600 percent more for his electricity. Therefore, “administrative barriers must now fall,” he demanded.
In concrete terms, the SGV demands that the construction of small-scale systems of all sustainable technologies for homes should be permitted without a permit. In addition, the association wants to exempt major hydroelectric and wind power projects from the objection process.
go back to basic care
For his part, Gastrosuis president Casimir Platzer called for companies “which are in the so-called free electricity market, to be able to return to basic supply” – with certain conditions, such as a minimum period of change in basic supply after a short period of time.
He defends this demand with specific examples – such as a mountain hotel that previously cost around 5,000 CHF per year for electricity. The power producer offered the hotel a new 5-year contract. According to Platzer, the first offering would mean an energy cost of over 162,000 francs.
SGV president directly affected
In the second example, Platzer referred to a mid-sized company in metal manufacturing that has now received an offer with a cost for the energy component of CHF 925,670 – 16 times the cost today.
It is Regazzi SA, the company of Regazzi, the president of SGV. He has yet to decide what he will do, Regazzi answered pertinent questions. “The only thing I don’t want to do is sign a contract like that.”
who pays the most
Both Platzer and SGV director Hans-Ulrich Bigler defended their proposal, pointing out that the energy market in Switzerland is not subject to a free market economy, but an oligopoly. Moreover, according to both, most of the energy suppliers were from the public sector. If you also look at the legal basis, Bigler said, it doesn’t say: “Once changed, will never change again.”
With a change in basic supply, companies would be protected from price explosions in the free market. But the high prices will not just disappear. Basic suppliers, especially in smaller communities, must purchase additional electricity for companies. This will likely increase the price of electricity for all consumers in the basic supply. Thus families and small businesses will bear the additional cost for larger consumers who return.
Biglar’s call for savings agreements
The SGV also proposes an additional augmentation level in case a power shortage has forced the federal government to intervene. According to SGV director Hans-Ulrich Bigler, it must take effect after voluntary savings and before the federal government intervenes through so-called management measures to control electricity consumption, according to the message to him, saying in the speech. has been cited.
Companies and sectors must then enter into energy-saving agreements with the national economic supply. The agreements will be based on plans drawn up by the companies and sectors themselves. An industry should be free to decide how to implement the agreement, Bigler continued.
According to Bigler, the federal government agrees. Because in late August, SGV had already submitted this proposal in a letter to Federal Councilors Guy Parmelin and Simonetta Somaruga.