Alpiq

Switzerland’s second-largest hydropower portfolio with a capacity of approximately 3,300 megawatts.

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Storage, run-of-river and small-scale hydropower plants¹

The investment in Alpiq, a Swiss energy services provider and electricity producer encompasses Switzerland’s second-largest hydropower portfolio, a vital element within the nation’s power generation system. This portfolio comprises diverse assets, including over 25 hydropower installations spread across various drainage basins, spanning from small-scale to substantial storage systems. Notably, the Nant de Drance pumped storage power plant, operational since 2022, contributes to the system’s flexibility and reliability.

Alpiq’s hydropower fleet collectively holds an installed capacity of approximately 3,300 megawatts, generating over 5 terawatt hours per year. Hydropower signifies an important step towards securing Switzerland’s renewable energy future and aligns with the country’s climate objectives.

¹ While this case study focuses on the Alpiq hydropower portfolio, the investment also includes other assets in Switzerland and abroad. Within Switzerland, the investment encompasses more than 25 hydropower assets and stakes in nuclear plants. Internationally, it spans across renewables and gas generation infrastructure (excluding coal).

Largest public-to-private utilities transaction in Europe within the last decade

Five terawatt hours per year

Five terawatt hours per year

With a total installed capacity of approximately 3,300 megawatts, the hydropower plants generate more than five terawatt hours per year. This transaction stands out as one of the largest within Europe over the past decade.

Importance of the hydro  power plant

Importance of the hydro power plant

Hydropower is Switzerland’s most important source of electricity, representing more than 60% of the nation’s energy production.

Energy storage

Energy storage

As an energy-storage technology, the hydropower plant plays a pivotal role in shaping future energy systems,as it offers much-needed flexibility within Europe’s predominantly renewable-based energy infrastructure.

Collaboration

Collaboration

A close collaboration with diverse industrial partners and public institutions enabled a favorable transaction. This collaboration resulted in robust governance rights within the transaction agreement, as well as a high level of transaction certainty.

Supply reliability

Supply reliability

The successful delisting of Alpiq through this transaction strengthened its positioning as a strong and sustainable Swiss electricity producer. This also contributes to a secure electricity supply and maintains the production of hydroelectric power, which holds systematic importance.

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