(MENAFN) According to Thomas Grunwald, a spokesman for Switzerland's Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education, and Research (EAER), officials there may impose restrictions on energy use this winter.
“In general, the country’s Economic Supply Office, as well as the Federal Office for the Protection of the Population, rank power shortages … among the most serious risks for Switzerland,” he stated, noting that all organizations and businesses would be subject to a quota if there were power shortages.
His remarks are similar to those made on Sunday by Werner Luginbuhl, the head of Switzerland's electricity regulator ElCom, who complained that electricity was being used "completely thoughtlessly" in an interview with the Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag and advised citizens to stock up on candles and firewood in case the nation experiences power outages this coming winter.
He said, pointing out that "if residents were just a little more aware that electricity isn't always going to be a matter of course, we could achieve a lot, "that the use of electrical devices in particular may be restricted or prohibited." He also mentioned that temporary restrictions on energy use, particularly for large consumers, are something that the authorities are thinking about doing to protect the supply of power.
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