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Grand Council of vaud – The deputies agree on the energy transition


Several proposals to develop the renewable energies have found a favorable response. However, the mps refused to better protect tenants during remediation work and energy.

The Grand Council in the room of the Marive in Yverdon.

ARC-Jean-Bernard Sieber

The Grand Council has shown a fine unanimity on the question of the energy transition. On Tuesday, he sent a series of texts to the Council of State, without any real opposition. But the cleavage left-right re-emerged at a time when the plenum discussed the fate of tenants during remediation work the energy efficiency of buildings.

“The State Council invites you to support a certain number of these objects parliamentarians”, said minister Green Béatrice Métraux, while the Grand Council was enfilade many of the theories and motions on the theme of renewable energies. Of course, these proposals leave a lot of leeway to the government. But such encouragement on the part of the Executive are sufficiently rare to be underlined. It must also be borne in mind that the Council of State is expected to present his climate plan on the 24th of June next.

Initiative to $ 300 million

Through these various objects, parliamentarians, the government will have to consider the constitution of a fund to support investments in photovoltaic, to find solutions to improve the compensation of the current produced by the solar energy, to study hydrogen as an energy of the future, or to promote the public visibility of the various aids to local councils for the development of renewable energies.

Added to this is the parliamentary initiative of the Greens who request to inject $ 300 million into the fund for the energy. The text is signed by at least twenty members of parliament, it was sent directly to a commission.

Tenants vs owners

But this unanimous was smashed against a wall, with one side the defenders of the tenants and of the other, those of the owners. Title: “Encourage the consolidation of energy in buildings? Yes! But not on the backs of tenants,” the postulate of the president of the PS Vaud, Jessica Jaccoud, has divided the room.

As a lawyer, the socialist was told that she had to defend tenants who have been cancelling their lease due to work to clean energy. If she welcomed the increase of these renovations required by the Grand Council, she has also noticed that the buildings that require such work are old and therefore are often used to house people with low incomes. Its text required so as to condition the granting of subsidies for energy retrofits to the prohibition to terminate leases on the grounds of this work.

Also a lawyer, but rather on the side of the media real estate, the chairman of the HWP Marc-Olivier Buffat, himself, believed that this assumption was unnecessary since there was already a legal framework with the cantonal law on the preservation and promotion of rental stock and the Code of obligations at the federal level. “The Council of State can’t do anything,” he said.

The majority of the plenum has followed the president of the HWP in rejecting this assumption, even though the commission recommended to take into consideration.

Published: 16.06.2020, 21h05


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