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A new platform for debating Switzerland’s electricity future

Lausanne/Olten, 7 October 2008 –, a new platform for debating the future of Switzerland’s electricity, goes online today. Launching concurrently is Strom TV, the first internet television channel to focus on the country’s future energy prospects. Joint backers of the project are Swiss energy companies Atel and EOS, who together with their shareholders and business partners bear responsibility for one-third of the nation’s electricity supply. The goal is to foster factual, broad-based and solution-oriented debate on electricity issues. and Strom TV:

The dialogue platform is a source of up-to-date, independent facts and background concerning the security of supply. It focuses on the central questions – in particular the four pillars of the Swiss Federal Council’s energy policy with energy-efficiency, promotion of renewable energy, the issue of large power stations, and electricity links with Switzerland’s neighbours. Meanwhile on Strom TV, industry experts, politicians, business leaders and scientists with diverse viewpoints will all have their say. Beyond the launch phase, the project initiators seek to further intensify dialogue in the coming year. A broad community of interest will be invited to join in factual, open discussion and constructively contribute to a solution-oriented energy debate.

Competent contributions, unfettered debate “This new dialogue platform dedicated to Switzerland’s electricity future represents our effort to make a balanced, competent contribution to debate on the security of national electricity supplies”, says Atel CEO Giovanni Leonardi, explaining the commitment by both energy companies. Hans Schweickardt, CEO of EOS, adds: “Looking to the medium and long term, the population and the economy both stand to benefit from non-ideological, factual, competent dialogue on electricity issues.”

Switzerland faces some major challenges concerning the future of its electricity supply. How to secure the nation’s supplies for the long term, which solutions are both technically feasible and acceptable to the population at large – these are issues of business, political, scientific and social concern. Decisions giving direction to the course of sustainable energy policy in future are becoming ever more important.