7th September 2022 | How would checks take place? Are there plans to impose fines?
An article in the newspaper Blick has been misunderstood or wrongly reproduced by certain members of the public. There is currently no shortage of electricity or natural gas in Switzerland. There are therefore no restrictions or bans on energy usage in force that could be violated. Concepts are currently being prepared for the possible eventuality that restrictions or bans may become necessary in the event of severe scarcity (of natural gas or electricity). Consultation proceedings on a draft ordinance (regarding a severe scarcity of gas) are ongoing with interested stakeholders. Énergie : mise en consultation des mesures prévues en cas de pénurie de gaz (admin.ch) / Energie: Massnahmen für eine Gasmangellage gehen in Konsultation (admin.ch).
Of course, consideration also has to be given to how any possible restrictions or bans are to be implemented and monitored. The National Economic Supply Act (NESA), which would serve as the basis for any restrictions or bans, does not provide for administrative fines in its current form. Pursuing violations under the NESA would therefore be more complicated; however, any possible fines would not be higher than a normal administrative fine. In any case, an important point is that strict checks are neither feasible nor desirable. In Switzerland, we trust people to abide by the law.
Last modification 08.09.2022