Federal Office for Energy

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Federal Office for Energy SFOE
"Corporate Design Federation" - logo of the federal authorities of the Swiss Confederation
Headquarters Ittigen BE
Chief Benoit Revaz
At sight Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication (DETEC)
Website www.bfe.admin.ch
SFOE building

The Federal Office of Energy SFOE ( French Office fédéral de l'énergie OFEN , Italian Ufficio federale dell'energia UFE ) is a federal office of the Swiss Confederation . It is responsible for national questions of energy supply and use.

The office, which is subordinate to the Federal Department for the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication (DETEC), has its headquarters in Ittigen near Bern .


In the 1920s, based on a postulate in the National Council, an intensive discussion about the expansion of the national power supply and restrictions on electricity exports was held in Switzerland. As a result, the Federal Electricity Office was established in 1930 .

In 1961, the duties of the office were expanded to include the oil and gas industry . With the new tasks, the office was also given a new name: Federal Office for Energy . From 1969, nuclear energy also belonged to the area of ​​responsibility of the office.

From the mid-1970s, as a reaction to the oil crisis and, in particular, from the 1990s onwards with the increasing link between energy management and environmental policy, the activities of the office developed more and more from preparing and monitoring laws to broad-based energy policy activities. In 1999, the year in which the Energy Act and Energy Ordinance came into force, the office was renamed again; since then it has had its current name, Federal Office of Energy .

Goals, tasks and activities

According to its own statements, the work of the SFOE serves the following goals:

  • Creation of the prerequisites for a sufficient, crisis-proof, diversified, economic and sustainable energy supply
  • Promotion of high safety standards in the production, transport and use of energy
  • Insert for an efficient use of energy , for the increase of the proportion of renewable energy sources as well as for the reduction of CO 2 emissions
  • Promotion and coordination of national energy research and support for the development of new markets for sustainable energy supply and use

To achieve these goals, the SFOE works in the following areas:


  • The Swiss energy industry, 1930-1980, anniversary publication 50 years of the Federal Office for Energy = Economie énergétique suisse, 1930-1980, ouvrage du cinquantenaire de l 'Office fédéral de l'énergie . Bern, Federal Office for the Energy Industry: Sales of the Federal Office for Printing and Materials, 1981. In particular, Chapter 6.1 History of the Federal Office for the Energy Industry, pp. 235–249.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c 75 years of the Federal Office of Energy. Welcome address by Dr. Walter Steinmann, Director SFOE on the occasion of the breakfast conference "Security of supply and climate change". Federal Office of Energy, September 29, 2005, accessed on February 8, 2012 .
  2. Federal Office for Energy. Federal Office of Energy, accessed on February 8, 2012 .
  3. Organization. Federal Office of Energy, accessed on February 8, 2012 .

Coordinates: 46 ° 58 '33.7 "  N , 7 ° 28' 20.4"  E ; CH1903:  602564  /  202773