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The district heating network in Helsinki will be surveyed from a helicopter with a thermal imaging camera in November in order to localise any thermal leaks.
The Klåsarö hydropower plant on the River Kymijoki will be upgraded. The plant's lifespan will be extended and the amount of renewable energy will be increased with the modernisation of water turbines.
Helen offers companies the Demand Response service that brings considerable savings, even hundreds of thousands of euros per year. The search engine company Yandex gained a 5–10 percent saving in electrical energy costs at its data centre in Mäntsälä due to Helen's demand response service.
Helen is the first company in Finland to offer electricity storage services for enterprises. Cooperation in electricity storage with the City of Helsinki Environment Centre has just started.
Helen is building new solar power plants on the properties of business customers.The customer provides the facility for the power plant and will, in turn, be able to take advantage of the electricity generated by the plant.
Helen is seeking new partners for local renewable energy production projects. Selected project partners will receive a total of EUR 50,000 in financial aid.
Helsingin Energia is the first energy company in Finland to offer a demand response service for electricity to businesses and communities. Users of the service receive compensation for allowing the power to be cut from electric equipment of their choice in fault situations. This way, they act as a disturbance reserve for Finland’s power grid. A corresponding pilot project with households has also been launched.
Helen Group’s turnover for the review period stood at EUR 276 million. The turnover decreased by EUR 53 million on the previous year as a result of the exceptionally mild weather in February and March.
The Helen Group reported strong financial results. Despite a fall in turnover, operating profit remained at a good level. The share of emission-free energy sources increased during the year when Helsingin Energia acquired a significant share of Swedish hydropower. Carbon dioxide emissions decreased by five per cent.