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5 January 2015

With entry in the commercial register on 5 January 2015, Swissgrid takes over additional transmission grid elements, including the transmission grid company of the City of Zurich. These grid acquisitions mean that Swissgrid now has 30 shareholders.

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19 January 2015

The Swiss Federal Office of Energy approves the construction plans for the 380kV Chamoson-Chippis line. The line had already been approved by the Federal Office in 2010, but this was followed by the submission of appeals. The construction plans have now been endorsed following the required optimisation of noise emissions. The new 380kV Chamoson-Chippis line is required to transport the energy produced by the large power plants in Valais.

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9 February 2015

Swissgrid opens a second control centre in Prilly. Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard attends the ceremonial inauguration and also participates in the panel question and answer session. Swissgrid’s new control centre increases Switzerland’s security of supply and underscores the importance of Western Switzerland for the Swiss electricity system.

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16 February 2015

The General Assembly approves amendments to the Articles of Association for the purpose of creating two share categories – it is approved by the Federal Council in March. Ronald Trächsel is elected to the Board of Directors to replace the departing Christophe Bossel.

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24 February 2015

Swissgrid holds an information event on the Niederwil-Obfelden grid construction project in Bremgarten together with the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, the cantons of Aargau and Zurich, and Axpo. The event is met with great interest and receives very positive feedback from the majority of the more than 100 participants.

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5 March 2015

The Swissgrid Board of Directors approves the additional measures proposed by the Executive Board at its last meeting to increase efficiency and reduce costs. In doing so, Swissgrid is pursuing the savings realised since 2009, which amount to several hundred million francs, and also intends to save tens of millions of francs in operating costs each year.

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20 March 2015

The partial solar eclipse has a significant impact on solar radiation and electricity production from photovoltaic plants in large parts of Europe. Swissgrid and the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) are well-prepared – they have been discussing ways to deal with the natural phenomenon since the summer of 2014. The measures taken ensure that the European electricity grid is able to deal with the solar eclipse without any problems.

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27 March 2015

Swissgrid publishes the 2016 tariffs for the transmission grid. The average financial burden for electricity consumers remains unchanged. This means that a four-person household will continue to pay an average of around 62 francs, or seven per cent of its annual electricity costs, for Swissgrid’s services.

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7 April 2015

Swissgrid procures primary control power in weekly, market-based tenders, which play an important stabilising role in the supply of electricity. The existing cooperation with the transmission grid operators from Austria, Germany and the Netherlands are merged into Europe's largest single market. Swissgrid hopes that this will lead to additional cost savings in control reserve procurement in the medium term.

29 April 2015

Switzerland achieves the best result in continental Europe in an evaluation of the system control quality by ENTSO-E. The control quality quantifies how well and how quickly a transmission system operator balances deviations of production and consumption from the planned course in their control block.

Efficient procurement and the appropriate use of control power by Swissgrid made a significant contribution to this pleasing result – together with other factors. 

30 April 2015

Swissgrid presents the “Strategic Grid 2025” report. It shows the grid construction projects that Swissgrid believes will be necessary in the next ten years to ensure security of supply and prepare the grid for the energy future. Interest is great – over 400 participants attended presentations and panel discussions on sustainable grid development at subsequent events at ETH Zurich and EPFL.

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30 April 2015

Swissgrid successfully commissions the 380kV grid connection for the new Tierfehd substation of the Linth-Limmern pumped storage power plant. This means that the section is now part of the Swissgrid transmission grid. Thanks to the good cooperation between the administrative bodies, authorities, Swissgrid and Axpo Power AG site management, the grid connection was completed on schedule.

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7 May 2015

Following the great interest in the Training & Simulation Centre pilot project, Swissgrid decides to implement the centre permanently. In future, Swissgrid will be able to offer courses on the topic of managing electricity grids in the new centre. The simulation scenarios provide training for cooperation in normal operations and in case of grid faults as well as grid restoration.

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26 May 2015

Credit Suisse and Swissgrid celebrate the ground-breaking ceremony for Swissgrid's new headquarters together with representatives from the canton of Aargau, the City of Aarau and numerous guests. Many Swissgrid employees use the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the project and the new location. The office building in Aarau will be constructed by the Credit Suisse Investment Foundation. The move is planned for the end of 2017 and will merge the current locations in Frick and Laufenburg – an important step in Swissgrid’s corporate development.

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3 June 2015

The Swiss Federal Office of Energy, in partnership with the canton of Ticino, Swissgrid, Azienda Elettrica Ticinese (AET) and the Swiss Federal Railways (FFS), presented the implementation plan procedures for the transmission lines 106 Airolo – Lavorgo and 109 All’Acqua – Maggiatal – Magadino at two public information events. At the information events, Swissgrid and the project partners also explain the principles of the “Study on the Reorganisation of the High-Voltage Grids” on which the two implementation plan procedures are based.

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22 June 2015

All of the proposals made by the Board of Directors are approved at the ordinary General Assembly of the Swiss electricity grid operator Swissgrid. Dividends totalling 13 million francs will be distributed for the 2014 financial year. The current members of the Board of Directors were reappointed for a further term.

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2 July 2015

During a test between February and April 2015, Swissgrid was able to significantly increase capacities for importing electricity at the northern border. This will result in lower prices for cross-border capacities and greater alignment with the wholesale electricity prices in neighbouring countries, as well as increase Switzerland's security of supply. An additional expansion of the transport capacity between Switzerland and its northern borders is planned as part of the implementation of the “Strategic Grid 2025” initiative.

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6 July 2015

The ESTI grants a large portion of the permits for the construction of the line between the Nant de Drance pumped storage power plant and Martigny. This new 380kV line is essential for the transportation of the energy generated by the Nant de Drance pumped storage power plant. The power plant is expected to start operation in 2018. Construction activities for the new 380kV line have commenced. 

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19 August 2015

The “Star of Laufenburg” is being upgraded: instead of a connection via a 220kV outdoor switching substation, the transmission grids from France, Germany and Switzerland will be connected in a modern GiS (gas-insulated switching substation). This requires only 5% of the footprint of the old system and will commence operation in stages through to 2017. The old 220kV switching substation will then be dismantled.

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3 September 2015

Pierre-Alain Graf departs from Swissgrid. After overseeing the successful completion of the transfer of the extra-high-voltage grids as well as the strategic and organisational realignment of the company, he decides to tackle new professional challenges. Pierre-Alain Graf joined Swissgrid in 2008 and has been the Chief Executive Officer since 2009. Yves Zumwald takes over as interim CEO of the company with immediate effect.

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10 September 2015

Swissgrid wins the Corporate Communications Award for the “Strategic Grid 2025” campaign. The campaign provides a good example of how even technically complex and politically charged issues can be communicated effectively to a broad target group. Swissgrid’s communication project was praised as a good model at both a national as well as international level.

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24 September 2015

The planning approval dossier on the Bickigen-Chippis grid construction project is submitted to the Federal Inspectorate for Heavy Current Installations (ESTI). The next objective is to inform the citizens in the cantons of Berne and Valais who are affected by the line construction. Swissgrid holds several local information events for this purpose.

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29 September 2015

Swissgrid holds various information events in Visp to provide information on the upcoming grid construction projects in Upper Valais. Swissgrid also has a booth at the ‘Foire du Valais’ in October, at which the focus is on grid projects in Lower Valais. An important message is the dismantling of lines. A new route and the bundling of lines means that the line length in Valais will be reduced by 90 kilometres in future. The grid construction projects are essential because electricity will have to be transported after the Nant de Drance pumped storage power plant has been commissioned.

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2 October 2015

The The Swiss Federal Office of Energy approves the consolidation of the high-voltage lines between Attinghausen and Altdorf. It will be possible to bundle the lines, which are owned by Swissgrid and Swiss Federal Railways and are currently separate, along a joint line route. This will provide significant relief for the residential and industrial areas in the Uri valley – enabling a new area of land spanning 100,000 m2 to be developed for business.

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21 October 2015

The Swissgrid Board of Directors resolves to take over additional transmission grid systems as of 4 January 2016 and propose the necessary capital increase to shareholders. The Board of Directors also resolves to implement the planned valuation adjustment of the grid systems acquired as of 5 January 2015. The respective amendments to the Articles of Association will be approved by the Federal Council in December 2015.

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30 October 2015

Swissgrid successfully commissions the new schedule management system for the Swiss control area. The new system replaces the ET3000, which has been in operation for the past ten years. The Day Ahead, Intraday and Post Scheduling processes are all performed successfully. The system’s operation is stable following its introduction and its performance is good. The new system also enables the rapid, secure and cost-effective adaptation of functions to the constantly changing Swiss and European environment.

3 November 2015

Together with the School of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg and other industry partners, Swissgrid begins offering Switzerland's first certified practical vocational training course for system operators from November 2015 onwards. The motivation for launching the course is that these operators must always reach the right decisions in a complex environment, often under time pressure.

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10 November 2015

Swissgrid acquires share capital in the Holding des Gestionnaires de Réseau de Transport d’Electricité (HGRT). HGRT is the holding company of European grid operators and ensures its influence on the leading Central and Western Europe spot exchange for electricity, EPEX SPOT, through a 49% stake. As a result, Swissgrid joins the supervisory boards of HGRT and EPEX SPOT.

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2 December 2015

Swissgrid estimates that the grid situation and energy supply will be strained for the winter of 2015/2016. Energy reserves are tight due to a series of interconnected special circumstances. As a result of the drop-out of the nuclear power plants Beznau 1 and 2, a large proportion of the base load is missing from the 220kV grid. This will have to be replaced predominantly from Swiss reservoirs, as electricity imports can only be used to offset this situation to a limited extent. The situation is aggravated by the fact that reservoirs are carrying less water than the long-term average.

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10 December 2015

At Swissgrid AG’s extraordinary General Assembly on 10 December 2015, shareholders approve the proposals of the Board of Directors in connection with an increase in the share capital in order to acquire additional facilities as of 4 January 2016. The required changes to the Articles of Association are approved by the Federal Council on 18 December.

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16 December 2015

Swissgrid publishes a consultation document with proposals for a new market design. These were developed in close cooperation with numerous market participants and deal with the pending changes to the power market, especially with regard to the energy reform. The market must continue to develop and be structured more efficiently in view of these changes. Swissgrid’s proposals will be discussed with the industry in a consultation process.

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