Over a third of Switzerland uses Axpo electricity – perhaps you are charging your smart phone or reading with light using Axpo power. As Switzerland's largest producer of renewable energies, Axpo produces electricity, and sells and delivers it to businesses and energy utilities (cantonal and municipal utilities) that supply private households.
Axpo operates around 100 power plants in Switzerland – often with partners.
Our climate-friendly electricity production for you includes over 60 hydroelectric power stations, biomass power stations and the largest wood-fired power station in Switzerland (Axpo Tegra) in Domat Ems. The nuclear power plants in Beznau (100% Axpo), Leibstadt and Gösgen (shareholdings) produce electricity that is nearly CO2-free.
Here's where we produce electricity for you:
Axpo has its own grid infrastructure – with over 2,200 kilometres of distribution grids and 6,000 power masts – to ensure that the electricity gets to you. Axpo connects the transmission grid of the national grid company Swissgrid with the distribution grids of companies in the industry and energy supply companies.
Axpo supplies one third of Switzerland with electricity: The entire northeastern part of Switzerland, the Principality of Liechtenstein and parts of the cantons of Schwyz, Zug, Grisons and Valais.
Axpo grids are operated by the Energy and Network Control Centre in Baden. This control centre is the brain of Axpo's entire electricity network. It controls and monitors the grid and over 100 power plants around the clock, 365 days a year.
Our subsidiary Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke AG (CKW) – 81 per cent of which is owned by Axpo – has been supplying Central Switzerland with electricity for over 125 years.
The CKW Group is the largest energy service provider in Central Switzerland. It supplies over 200,000 end customers in the cantons of Lucerne, Schwyz and Uri with electricity. Unlike Axpo, this also includes private households and agricultural businesses. In addition, CKW supplies its electricity to around 5000 SMEs and large companies, which is distributed by eleven energy companies. CKW's electricity grid is 7600 kilometres long. Just under 24 per cent of the gird comprises overhead power lines, and a good 76 per cent comprises underground cable lines.
In addition to electricity production, CKW also offers private customers various products in the fields of electrical and lighting installations, building automation, as well as security and alarm systems. It builds solar plants on the roof of your house, installs battery storage systems in your basement and offers services in the field of smart energy and building services (heat pumps, boilers, etc.).
The CKW Group employs over 1700 people. It trains over 300 apprentices in 14 professions, making it the largest private-sector apprentice trainer in Central Switzerland.