The new Länsisalmi substation is important for the electricity supply of Helsinki and Vantaa and for the development of energy supply throughout the area. The opening ceremony for the newest landmark in Vantaa was held on Tuesday 27 March 2018.
What happens when the hackathlon spirit takes over at Fingrid’s headquarters in Käpylä? This was the case in late November when seven teams competed in Fingrid’s first hackathlon. Several new services to benefit Fingrid and its stakeholders were developed over a two-day period. They will be piloted during the spring.
What if the electricity was cut off for a couple of weeks because of exceptional weather conditions? What would happen to the flow of information if normal communication devices didn’t work? Where would citizens get heat and water and how would we secure fuel distribution? These threats were the starting points for the large Jäätyvä (dealing with a widespread power outage caused by freezing weather) exercise held in Kuopio in October.
Fingrid is asking land owners and residents living near transmission lines to provide feedback as the basis for developing communications, also using new tools. E-mail, Facebook and SMS messages have been tested for land owner communications in the Vanaja–Tikinmaa construction project. An informative tower erection display attracted a large audience in Hämeenlinna.
The latest addition to Fingrid’s HR unit, a software robot called Tero Tiima, has been introduced to routine payroll administration tasks. This will provide the staff with more time for personal encounters. It also speeds up the payroll process and reduces the number of human errors.
The Smart grid working group appointed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment has published its interim report. The main message is that, in the future, consumers will have more opportunities to participate in the electricity market and be able to influence their electricity bill to a greater extent. A smart electricity system will provide actors with more possibilities, and is a cost-effective way to respond to the challenges of the energy transformation.
This year, the theme for Fingrid's information security unit is training. The aim of the themed year is to create similar traditions for cyber training as for any other training by the transmission system operator. In the energy industry, interest in cyber training has developed in the wake of a threatening situation.
Fingrid continued to make large investments and develop its operations in 2017. The company is in good financial condition and the result has developed as expected and according to regulation. Turnover was 672 million euros and more than 111 million euros were spent on investments.
Committees give different customer groups the opportunity to present their views on Fingrid’s activities. The committees don’t make decisions, but they discuss matters and share information. The minutes of the meetings are public.
Following closure of the Elektra electricity museum, its contents will be transferred to the Museum of Technology collections. One particular aim was to keep the main grid collection, which describes the construction and maintenance of the main grid, as a single entity. Part of the collection will be displayed in the new Land of Technology exhibition opening in October.
In accordance with its mission, Fingrid has been developing the main grid throughout its 20-year history. The grid development work consists of planning the main power transmission grid and the regional grid, which Fingrid does in cooperation with its customers. This collaboration has recently become even closer.
“Fingrid collects customer feedback via several channels. A good meter and trend indicator is the customer feedback survey conducted every year; respondents comprise around 200 customers. Continuous feedback recorded in the customer information system is collected from routine customer encounters,” says Jussi Jyrinsalo, Fingrid’s Senior Vice President responsible for customer relationships.