Water and energy
Energy is one of the canton's greatest treasures. The first power plant designed to generate and use hydropower was built in 1897 in Gampel. The production of hydropower in Valais has endured for generations: today the canton of Valais generates about 30 percent of Switzerland's hydropower. As a result, the canton has amassed demonstrable expertise in the uses of hydropower. So it is only logical that the Valais authorities have made energy into one of the pillars of their economic development policy.