Task 4.3: Socio-economic-political drivers

Today’s Swiss energy system is based on hydropower, nuclear power, and fossil fuels for heating and mobility. The transformation of this system – as envisaged in the framework of the Energy Strategy 2050 – is fundamental and has far more implications than just a technological change. The objective of task 4.3 is to understand the social, economic and political drivers that are an integral part of this transformation. This will be achieved in close cooperation with SCCER-CREST, especially within the Joint Activity “Socio-political conditions of the extension of hydropower and geothermal energy”.

Current Project

The Future of Swiss Hydropower: An Integrated Economic Assessment of Chances, Threats and Solutions

This project will provide a detailed analysis of the socio-economic challenges Swiss hydropower faces and will face. The project is embedded in the SCCER-SoE framework and linked to the technical NRP 70 project “Hydropower and geo-energy”.

Research Partners

University of Basel, University of Geneva, University of Applied Sciences (HTW Chur), University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO)

Funding Source

Swiss Competence Center on Supply of Electricity (SCCER-SoE), Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)


November 2014 to April 2018

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