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Switzerland Sets Up Hydro-Power Reserve to Avoid Blackouts

  • Swiss will also build new small gas-fired plants for surges
  • Country is largely power independent except in winter
The Cleuson dam above Haute-Nendaz, Switzerland.

The Cleuson dam above Haute-Nendaz, Switzerland.

Photographer: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

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Switzerland will ask hydroelectric-dam operators to create power reserves and may build new gas-fired plants for use during peak demand surges to avoid blackouts.