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Securing long-term economic stability for the KWO

Due to the strained situation in the energy sector, the KWO has carried out an in-depth analysis of its economic situation and a number of different scenarios have been considered. The main focus has been on profitability and the most socially acceptable method of carrying out the necessary measures. A reduction of 50 positions over the next two years must take place to secure long-term economic stability for the KWO. In cooperation with the social partner VPOD, the KWO has compiled a comprehensive social plan.

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Daniel Fischlin will be the new CEO

The KWO's board of directors has chosen Daniel Fischlin (52) to take over the position of CEO on 1. April 2016 from Dr. Gianni Biasiutti, who is stepping down. 

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KWO'S 90th AGM - development projects on target

Hydroelectric development in the Grimsel area is on target. The new powerplants at Innertkirchen and Handeck will be operational mid 2106 - slightly earlier than planned. Total production fell to 2,070 Gigawatt hours in 2014 which was caused by lower water inflow and extensive construction and upgrading in the power plants and the emptying of the Räterichsboden hydrolake. 

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KWO Open Tunnel Day - enormous interest in the tunnels and crystal cavern

Visitors came in droves to the Grimsel pass. Interest in the KWO construction site Handeck 2E and the crystal cavern was enormous. Around 1200 visitors seized the opportunity to view the KWO’s underground world by bus and aerial cable car. 

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UNESCO World Heritage Crystal for the KWO

The KWO has been awarded with the UNESCO World Heritage Crystal 2014 for their development of a method to significantly improve the waters in the Oberhasli.

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Huge interest in the KWO construction sites

The KWO’s open day was a huge success and over 1‘000 interested visitors took advantage of the chance to visit the construction sites. Stefan Gielchen, the KWO’s project manager, was both surprised and pleased with the turnout.  

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