Welcome to the website of the Federal Electricity Commission ElCom

ElCom is Switzerland's independent regulatory authority in the electricity sector. It is responsible for monitoring compliance with the Swiss Federal Electricity Act and the Swiss Federal Energy Act, taking all necessary related decisions and pronouncing rulings where required. ElCom monitors electricity prices and rules on disputes relating to Network access. It also monitors electricity supply security and regulates issues relating to international electricity transmission and trading. ElCom is responsible for ruling on disputes concerning feed-in tariffs and between network operators and independent producers.



Electricity tariffs

ElCom is responsible for monitoring prices and tariffs in the electricity sector, and for this purpose it has been entrusted with the necessary powers. It may prohibit unjustified electricity price increases or reduce excessively high tariffs. Decisions of this nature take the form of rulings.

Market surveillance

The Market Surveillance section is responsible for monitoring wholesale electricity trading. The monitoring focuses on wholesale electricity trading and specifically on detecting insider trading and market manipulation.


Supply security

The Electricity Commission (ElCom) monitors and supervises the development of the electricity markets in order to ensure a safe and economical supply in all parts of the country. In the event that the supply of electricity within the country appears to be seriously threatened in the medium or long term, ElCom is required to propose suitable measures to be taken by the Federal Council in accordance with Article 9 of the Federal Electricity Supply Act (StromVG) to maintain a secure supply of electricity.