Running a ski resort requires a lot of energy and water resources. Andermatt is the water tower of Europe and the source of the rivers Reuss, Ticino, Rhine and Rhône Therefore we are here no water bottleneck and never short of water. Due to the high location and orientation on the Alpine main ridge we get annually about 4-5m snow in Andermatt. This means that very little energy and water is needed for snow-making systems.
The municipality of Andermatt was awarded the coveted label Energy city of Europe in 2009 for a sustainable energy future The award is bound by strict quality criteria and shows how Andermatt relies on renewable energies and energy efficiency It is a great achievement of the municipality Andermatt and is u.a. lent only if more energy is generated annually from renewable sources than is consumed.
According to the extract of the Elektrizitätswerk Ursern (EWU), the current consumption of Andermatt amounts to approx. 24 million KWH per year. The three existing hydropower plants alone generate about 22 million kWh annually. In addition to the three hydroelectric power plants, the four wind turbines on the Gütsch, a pollutant and CO2-free energy source, produce approx. 4.5 million KWH of green electricity per year. This green electricity is certified by the label `Naturemade star`. This is green electricity, the ecological added value of which has been proven by the fulfillment of strict criteria.
In order to be able to continue to supply the increasing energy required by the still growing Project Andermatt with renewable energy, EWU is looking to the future and is has built another new hydropower plant in Realp. This will produce another 10 million KWH per year.