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The revision of the Energy Act submitted for consultation does not go far enough for most of the spokesmen. The acceleration of the approval process should be extended to photovoltaics.

In terms of content, the stakeholders concerned agree with the Federal Council: the approval procedures for the construction of production plants for renewable energy are too lengthy. In the consultation process that ended on Monday, both right and left, we welcome the government’s will to become faster, at least in the case of large hydroelectric power stations and wind turbines.

However, the fact that these efforts are limited to specific technologies raises many criticisms. The Greens, the Vert’Libéraux and the PS, for example, want large solar power plants to be able to benefit from simpler processes in addition to geothermal energy.

Swiss Heritage is of the opinion that restricting the measures to a few wind and hydropower projects severely limits the impact of the bill. This should be extended in particular by considering photovoltaics at high altitudes.

The Association of Swiss Electricity Companies (AES) welcomes the direction of the revision, but believes that the revision should be extended to all renewable energy projects.

“minimalist”

The PLR ​​​​and the UDC call for speeding up procedures for all energy carriers. In view of the supply problems and the impending power shortage, the SVP considers the project of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) to be “minimalist” and “boring”.

The two conservative parties are taking the opportunity to criticize the nuclear phase-out following popular approval of the Energy Strategy 2050. Their opinion is not shared across the political spectrum from the center to the left.

The methods of simplifying the procedure also lead to deviations. DETEC offers a concentrated plan approval procedure at cantonal level. It would affect building permits, but also deforestation, water protection and expropriation. This is to prevent each approval being challenged separately up to the federal court, which can lead to significant delays.

Differences in remedies

For the PLR ​​​​this model contradicts the interests of the municipalities, which would lose their direct right of appeal. The same applies to the center, which will only support the revision if the powers of the cantons and communes are not reduced.

The PLR ​​​​and the UDC also regret that the project does not distinguish between energy production on the one hand and issues of landscape protection and biodiversity on the other. Both right-wing parties want to use the regulations to prevent environmental organizations from delaying or torpedoing electricity projects through legal action.

Conversely, this right of objection is welcomed by the organizations mentioned and by the left. For the PS it is important that “the expansion of renewable energies does not reduce the rights of the organizations to complain”.

The general principle of promoting solar energy is generally welcomed. The project envisages that investments in photovoltaics on the roofs and facades of buildings will be tax deductible not only for renovations but also for new buildings. The idea of ​​enabling solar systems on facades is also well received.

The Greens support the planned measures to promote solar energy, but regret that the project does not go far enough. They call for a round table on photovoltaics to be held, similar to that on hydropower, which has led to agreement in principle on 15 projects.

This article was published automatically. Source: ats

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