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Source: Swiss Canton of Uri – news in German

November 6, 2020

The canton of Uri wants to significantly increase the share of renewable energies with a view to climate-neutral energy generation. On the way to this, the canton of Uri has now reached an important milestone: all bodies of water and water landscapes that are to be excluded from use according to the Renewable Energies Protection and Use Concept (SNEE) are legally protected by regulations.

Switzerland wants to strongly promote electricity production from renewable energies. The canton of Uri also makes an important contribution to this. The expansion of hydropower, wind power or solar energy can, however, lead to conflicts with the interests of nature and landscape protection or water protection. The Canton of Uri has done pioneering work across Switzerland in resolving these conflicts. The Renewable Energies Protection and Usage Concept (SNEE) shows where systems for promoting renewable energies such as water, wind and sun can be built in the future and where landscapes and rivers should be preserved undiminished.

The SNEE has proven itself. In terms of practical implementation, the SNEE is a great success. In recent years, various new hydropower plants have been built in Uri – and important natural areas have been protected in return. The KW Realp II, the KW Bristen, the KW Schächen, the KW Fellitobel and soon the KW Alpbach and the KW Palanggenbach could be put into operation. All protection regulations (Uri North, Uri Middle and Uri South) have recently come into force.

«The SNEE works. It shows that Uri is actively committed to a future with more renewable energies, while also taking the landscape protection aspects into account, ”says Building Director Roger Nager. The SNEE came about in 2013 because the owners of the waters, namely the Uri and Ursern corporations and the canton of Uri, worked together towards a goal. “The SNEE has also proven itself in the cooperation between authorities, project initiators and environmental associations.”

The SNEE was created thanks to close cooperation between the Health, Social and Environmental Directorate, the Justice Directorate and the Construction Directorate.


Inquiries from media professionals: Roger Nager, phone +41 41 875 2600, e-mail

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