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Helen congratulates the winners of Helsinki Energy Challenge and invites the winning teams to a discussion!
Today, the City of Helsinki announced the winners of the Helsinki Energy Challenge. The competition searched for fresh solutions to a tricky dilemma that Helen is also solving: how to heat Helsinki after giving up coal? Helen is delighted by the variety of suggested solutions and would like to warmly congratulate the winners.
Helen achieved an excellent result due to good commercial operations, although year 2020 was characterised by the coronavirus pandemic and unseasonably mild winter, resulting in a decrease in net sales. The company’s customer numbers grew to a record high level with respect to electricity and heat customers. Helen also continued its investment in carbon-neutral production. The company is progressing resolutely towards its long-term financial and carbon neutrality targets.
Helen is strengthening its position in the wind power market: looking for European growth companies in addition to Finnish wind farm investments
Helen’s wind power production will increase five-fold as a result of its wind farm investments last year. The company is still seeking new, interesting wind farm projects in Finland. It is also studying several potential investment projects in European growth companies in the wind power sector.
At the end of January, a chain of coronavirus infections was detected at the worksite of Helen’s bioenergy heating plant in Vuosaari: a total of 7 persons working for contractors tested positive for coronavirus. The worksite was closed both partly and in full until it was possible to ensure a safe working environment without further infections. The worksite has now been restarted and the work continues as normal in compliance with the coronavirus guidelines.
Helen selvitti käsitellyimmät ongelmat taloyhtiön kokouksissa – varapuheenjohtaja keksii useimmin tekosyyn, jolla välttyä niiden puimiselta
Housing costs, such as service charges, are more often on the agenda of a housing company meeting than any other matter of concern to residents, with 55% of respondents saying they are the most common topic to be discussed at meetings. The next most common problems in the housing company addressed at meetings are messy waste collection areas (24%), heating issues (23%), and breaches of silence rules or other noise from neighbours (21%). The figures are based on a survey of housing company
Helen installs fast-charge stations in shopping centres – first fast-charge station to be opened in Columbus in Vuosaari
All Citycon's shopping centres will be equipped with rapid charging points for electric vehicles implemented in cooperation with energy company Helen Ltd. The first rapid charging point will be opened in Shopping Centre Columbus in early February. Rapid charging is suited to all fully electric vehicles, and, as the name suggests, charging a vehicle at one of these points is very fast, taking approximately one hour.
There is a new way of getting around in Helsinki with shared-access cars charged with wind power. The new, emission-free mode of transport is offered by Helen and Green Mobility.
The reliability of the electricity and district heating networks is at a record level in Helsinki. Last year, the average power cut lasted 1.2 minutes per Helsinki resident. The excellent reliability rate is the highest in Europe. In the district heating network, the number of leaks in 2020 was also record low. Long-term development of distribution networks is now reaping benefits.
Helen launches new app for monitoring energy consumption – Oma Helen promotes smarter energy choices
Helen has launched a new Oma Helen mobile app for its customers. With the app, Helen wants to increase the transparency of the customers’ energy consumption and that way empower them to make their own choices. The first version of the app is available to customers who have an electricity contract with Helen, but the use will be extended in the next version of the app.
Helen has started to fill Finland’s largest heat storage facility with water. The heat caverns located underground in Mustikkamaa are a unique case even on a global scale and an important step on the carbon neutral path of Helsinki.