Alpine nimbyism freezes Swiss green energy dreams. In the highlands of the Swiss Alps, where it snows even in mid-June, workers are installing solar panels in front of Europe’s tallest dam. Switzerland has long had a reputation for clean energy. Backed by abundant hydropower, less than 10% of Switzerland’s electricity emits greenhouse gases. But today, local opposition to Switzerland’s complex regulatory process and potential annoyance means that new green projects such as the Muttsee Reservoir are an exception. As a result, one of the wealthiest and most environmentally friendly societies in the world is at risk of retreat. Switzerland is also trying to increase its reliance on imported energy. This is because Switzerland faces an increased risk of being cut off from the EU power grid due to an increasingly difficult diplomatic struggle with Brussels.
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