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Why is data management important for the energy sector?

Fingrid’s Head of Business Development, Mikko Järvenpää, answers the questions.

What does data management mean in the energy sector?

Data is a critically important form of capital, the foundation of digitalisation and a prerequisite for high-quality expert work. The energy revolution calls for investments to be made in data centralisation, refinement and dissemination. Cost-efficiency and time-savings can be realised by automating processes with the help of data. Electricity generation and consumption must be kept in balance, and the electricity market needs better situational awareness. It is also important in terms of asset management to invest in building a digital twin of the physical network. Ultimately, it all comes down to reliable and inexpensive electricity for our customers.

Has the importance of data management and quality changed over time?

The energy revolution that is now underway will further increase the importance of access to realistic, real-time data. As more and more renewable energy comes online, the quality and availability of data used for purposes such as forecasting will become more important. Smart electricity networks and sector integration require data in order to work. The electricity market can only function properly if everyone is looking at the same data. The data update cycle will be accelerated by the transition to a 15-minute imbalance settlement period, among other things.

Who is responsible for data management at Fingrid?

Every Fingrid employee produces data and uses it, so, in a way, we are all responsible for data management. The company’s data capital is divided into domains, and the development of these domains is coordinated by the data management group. The owners of data areas are obliged to ensure that the data in their areas is provided as a service to our customers and for our own use. Responsibility for key data concerning each identified company has been delegated to nominated personnel who are responsible for the quality and availability of data beyond individual systems and processes. Fingrid also has people responsible for analytics and technical data work.

Who uses data?

Fingrid’s entire organisation uses the data we produce. Our customers produce data on our shared system, and they also use it via the My Fingrid service. Our services for customers include an open data service. Our service providers also produce and use data that is shared with them. We also share information with regulatory bodies, such as the Energy Authority, on a regular basis.

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Examples of successful Fingrid data management:

Asset data management

Fingrid’s Unit Manager Marcus Stenstrand: The digital twin of the main grid should be treated with the same requirements as the physical network, and the data model must always be aligned with the physical network. All of Fingrid’s decision-making is based on the data that we have on various systems. Even the best experts’ decisions are no better than the quality of the data. IoT has generated a huge amount of data, which is used in a highly sophisticated way – a lot of calculations are performed in order to obtain significant results from it.

Network map

Fingrid’s Expert Pasi Turunen: The network map is a good example of asset data management. It is an application that presents the data on Fingrid’s ELVIS asset management system in visual form on a map. When information is updated on the ELVIS system, it is automatically transferred to the network map. The network map is used by Fingrid’s employees, service providers working on the main grid, and our customers. We can see the information we share with others, and we can correct any errors in the data. When data is presented visually, the errors are easy to identify. Users have access to the same, reliable, up-to-date data. 

My Fingrid for Partners

Fingrid’s Project Manager Hannu Hätönen: My Fingrid for Partners, which is primarily intended for service providers, serves as a platform for exchanging information about progress on substation, transmission line and maintenance projects. My Fingrid for Partners is connected to Fingrid’s other document management systems, and information is transferred between the systems automatically. As such, everyone who needs information has access to the same, up-to-date information, without the confusion of having different versions of the same document. We are constantly improving the functionality of this service, which began operating last year.


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