Due to long repair shutdown and dry summer, only
295 MWh of museum hydropower was generated, while the preceding
year’s production was 633 MWh. At the end of the year the number of
’environmental penny electricity’ customers was 4,154, a thousand
more than in 2005. Most of them received wind power, while the
number of those who had specifically chosen museum hydropower was
Energy conservation work was rewarded
The Ministry of Trade and Industry has in
collaboration with the energy sector created an agreement model
spurring enterprises to act in accordance with the national energy
and climate strategy. In autumn 2006, Helsingin Energia was already
for a second time rewarded for all agreement spheres: district
heating, transmission and distribution, and the power plant sector.
Among the grounds for awarding the prize were, e.g., active
implementation of the agreement both in relation to customers and in
its own organisation. At Helsingin Energia, energy conservation
agreements are part of the environmental management system.
Utilisation of new technology was also emphasised, examples of which
included versatile energy sources for district cooling and recovery
of thermal energy from purified wastewater.
Implementation of energy efficiency is
The EU Commission has prepared an Action Plan for
Energy Efficiency, according to which all member states should by
2020 increase their energy efficiency by 20%. The goal is especially
challenging to Finland, because here the easy measures have already
been taken. The Action Plan will be implemented by means of various
directives, concerning, e.g., energy efficiency of buildings,
product planning, energy labels, as well as energy end-use
efficiency and energy services.
A system corresponding to the energy labels of
household appliances will also be established for housing in the
form of energy certificates. Finland intends to reach the Energy
Services Directive’s goal, a 9% energy cut by 2016, mainly by means
of sector-specific energy conservation agreements.
Responsibility throughout the energy
Energy efficiency in production alone is not
enough, it is also needed in consumption. The significance of indoor
temperature, standby power consumption of electrical appliances,
summer cooling or driving mileage may with respect to one family or
workplace seem small, but they determine the quantity of kilowatts
required for the entire energy chain and, as a result, the quantity
of emissions affecting the climate.
The quantity and quality of energy saving services
directed at customers were one of the criteria for the national
recognition that Helsingin Energia received in 2006. The Energy
Centre, which specialises in advice on home appliances and sensible
use of energy, has been serving customers for more than 30 years.
Among the most popular services is lending of power consumption
Good energy use reporting services are important
as they enable customers to monitor their energy consumption and
direct energy saving measures correctly. In connection with the
annual report on power and heat consumption, the customers receive
information on both their own energy consumption and on that of the
reference group. Consumption data can also be retrieved through an
online service on the Internet.
Comprehensive energy advice
Helsingin Energia campaigns with its partners
during the national Energy Awareness Week and disseminates
information on energy saving by handing out leaflets and giving
personal advice. The mobile Energy Saving Market attracted a record
number of visitors.
Schoolchildren are an important target group for
advice on sensible use of energy. Each year, Helsingin Energia
distributes an electricity ABC to children in the first grade in
Helsinki comprehensive schools, and a copy of the magazine “Energy
in Uusimaa” to pupils in the 8th grade. Teachers can order an
educational package on energy for children in the 2nd grade.
Helsingin Energia donated energy bonuses to the
Aurora and Viikki schools for projects promoting energy conservation
and sustainable development.
Along with energy saving advice directed at customers, Helsingin
Energia also invests in promoting the environmental and
energy-saving awareness of its own employees. One indicator of more
energy-efficient office work is reduced consumption of copying