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The first wood pellets were ignited this week at Helen’s new pellet-fired heating plant in the Salmisaari district of Helsinki. The plant will soon generate renewable district heat to customers in Helsinki. The pellet-fired heating plant is a significant project to increase renewable energy in Helen’s energy production.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, the Energy Authority and Motiva have awarded Helen with recognition for its excellent energy-efficiency work. The event took place at the awards gala and seminar on energy efficiency agreements held at the Finlandia Hall on 15 June 2017.
Since spring this year, Etola has used solar power generated on site at its own premises in Suutarila.
Survey: More renewable energy is wanted, but not at the expense of the security of energy supply. Energy production must be safeguarded in all weather conditions.
One of the two oil tanks in the Jakomäki heating plant will be modified and the use of one will be suspended. The modification work will start in early April, and the plant will be calibrated to meet the new emission requirements in September. The heating plant will be back in full operation in December 2017.
Finland’s largest pellet boiler will arrive in the Salmisaari power plant area next week.
Finland’s largest heating and cooling plant has been selected as part of the national peak load capacity system. Helen will take part in safeguarding a sufficient electricity supply in Finland with the Katri Vala heating and cooling plant.
A capacity market to supplement the electricity market could be the answer to the impending risk of power shortage in Finland. The risk of a power shortage has increased as a considerable amount of electricity production capacity has been and will be phased out in Finland.
A record amount of renewable district heat was produced last year with the large heat pumps operating in the underground rock cavern in Sörnäinen, a total of 491,000 MWH. We also recovered over 16 per cent more excess heat than in the previous year.