Switzerland has developed an emergency plan in the event of an energy crisis if natural gas and electricity supplies run short, the Basler Zeitung newspaper reported this week.
According to the paper, the Swiss government has been working in tandem with industrial companies for several months on the plan.
It includes several steps, ranging from a public awareness campaign with calls for energy saving, such as turning off shop window lights and heaters, to rationing electricity for about 30,000 large energy consumers.
The government also warns of the possibility of power shutdowns in certain areas of the country from four to eight hours a day as a more stringent measure. The plan will be put into action in the event of a shortage of electricity, the head of the Association of Swiss Electricity Companies (VSE), Michael Frank, told the outlet.