Indicator electrosmog

Electricity transmission

Wherever electricity is produced, transported and consumed, electric and magnetic fields are an unavoidable secondary product. The higher the current and voltage, and the shorter the distance from electricity transmission installations, the stronger these fields become. In the area of electricity supply, the strongest fields are in the immediate vicinity of transformer stations and high-voltage transmission lines. The strength of the magnetic field in the vicinity of a high-voltage transmission line is proportional to the transmitted electricity, i.e. the greater the quantity of transmitted electricity, the stronger the magnetic field.

Assessment of the state
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Assessment of the trend
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Electricity consumption 2017: 58483 Electricity consumption 2016: 58239 Electricity consumption 2015: 58246 Electricity consumption 2014: 57466 Electricity consumption 2013: 59323 Electricity consumption 2012: 58973 Electricity consumption 2011: 58599 Electricity consumption 2010: 59785 Electricity consumption 2009: 57494 Electricity consumption 2008: 58729 Electricity consumption 2007: 57432 Electricity consumption 2006: 57782 Electricity consumption 2005: 57330 Electricity consumption 2004: 56171 Electricity consumption 2003: 55122 Electricity consumption 2002: 54029 Electricity consumption 2001: 53749 Electricity consumption 2000: 52373 Electricity consumption 1999: 51213 Electricity consumption 1998: 49620 Electricity consumption 1997: 48612 Electricity consumption 1996: 48692 Electricity consumption 1995: 47882 Electricity consumption 1994: 46897 Electricity consumption 1993: 47239 Electricity consumption 1992: 47866 Electricity consumption 1991: 47586 Electricity consumption 1990: 46578 Electricity consumption 1989: 45502 Electricity consumption 1988: 44327 Electricity consumption 1987: 43591 Electricity consumption 1986: 42348 Electricity consumption 1985: 41321 Electricity consumption 1984: 39665 Electricity consumption 1983: 37970 Electricity consumption 1982: 36731 Electricity consumption 1981: 36194 Electricity consumption 1980: 35252 Electricity consumption 1979: 33766 Electricity consumption 1978: 32464 Electricity consumption 1977: 31289 Electricity consumption 1976: 29903 Electricity consumption 1975: 28903 Electricity consumption 1974: 29567 Electricity consumption 1973: 28774 Electricity consumption 1972: 27141 Electricity consumption 1971: 26248 Electricity consumption 1970: 25087 Electricity consumption 1969: 23699 Electricity consumption 1968: 22437 Electricity consumption 1967: 21527 Electricity consumption 1966: 20708 Electricity consumption 1965: 20221 Electricity consumption 1964: 19346 Electricity consumption 1963: 18483 Electricity consumption 1962: 17716 Electricity consumption 1961: 16741 Electricity consumption 1960: 15891 Electricity transmission* 2017: 97983 Electricity transmission* 2016: 95712 Electricity transmission* 2015: 99990 Electricity transmission* 2014: 98163 Electricity transmission* 2013: 98186 Electricity transmission* 2012: 99568 Electricity transmission* 2011: 97705 Electricity transmission* 2010: 99653 Electricity transmission* 2009: 97862 Electricity transmission* 2008: 98568 Electricity transmission* 2007: 100734 Electricity transmission* 2006: 95944 Electricity transmission* 2005: 96264 Electricity transmission* 2004: 90579 Electricity transmission* 2003: 95350 Electricity transmission* 2002: 92811 Electricity transmission* 2001: 94270 Electricity transmission* 2000: 89678 Electricity transmission* 1999: 86999 Electricity transmission* 1998: 82935 Electricity transmission* 1997: 79829 Electricity transmission* 1996: 76607 Electricity transmission* 1995: 78257 Electricity transmission* 1994: 78640 Electricity transmission* 1993: 77647 Electricity transmission* 1992: 75481 Electricity transmission* 1991: 73914 Electricity transmission* 1990: 73133 Electricity transmission* 1989: 75043 Electricity transmission* 1988: 74070 Electricity transmission* 1987: 70871 Electricity transmission* 1986: 70392 Electricity transmission* 1985: 70406 Electricity transmission* 1984: 65458 Electricity transmission* 1983: 62968 Electricity transmission* 1982: 61326 Electricity transmission* 1981: 61354 Electricity transmission* 1980: 58109 Electricity transmission* 1979: 54419 Electricity transmission* 1978: 50003 Electricity transmission* 1977: 50949 Electricity transmission* 1976: 43420 Electricity transmission* 1975: 47629 Electricity transmission* 1974: 43684 Electricity transmission* 1973: 44173 Electricity transmission* 1972: 40145 Electricity transmission* 1971: 38460 Electricity transmission* 1970: 38480 Electricity transmission* 1969: 34572 Electricity transmission* 1968: 33122 Electricity transmission* 1967: 32830 Electricity transmission* 1966: 30027 Electricity transmission* 1965: 28131 Electricity transmission* 1964: 26621 Electricity transmission* 1963: 26222 Electricity transmission* 1962: 24601 Electricity transmission* 1961: 23230 Electricity transmission* 1960: 21978
*until 1990: domestic production + imports; since 1990: domestic production + physical importation

Data for the graph: Excel
Source: SFOE: Swiss energy statistics
Comment

As a result of the more intensive trade on the liberalised electricity markets, the quantity of transmitted electricity is increasing at a faster pace than that of electricity consumption. While the volume of transmitted electricity has increased by a factor of 4.4 during the past fifty years, electricity consumption has only increased by a factor of 3.6. The resulting increase in the load of the existing electricity networks equates to an increase in electrosmog in the vicinity of electricity-carrying installations. Detailed surveys on the impact of this development on local populations have not been carried out, however. For this reason state and trend cannot be evaluated.

International comparison

A comparison of absolute numbers does not make sense in view of the differences in size and population of the various countries.

Method

The electricity transmission comprises domestically generated electricity (including the one of pump storage power plants) and imported electricity (importation, since 1990 physical importation). The data are obtained from the annual Swiss electricity statistics published by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy SFOE.

 
Last updated on: 13.11.2018

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