Finland’s temperature is rising faster than the global average2. In recent years, the country’s changing climate has combined with more frequent and severe weather events to cause serious damage to electricity distribution networks.
On 26 December 2011, Cyclone Tapani hit Finland and reached gust speeds of up to 31.5 metres per second3. The storm caused some of the worst damage in over 15 years – impacting overhead power lines and causing extensive power outages during the holiday period.
The episode drew attention to the growing impact of storms, snow and tree fall on the resilience of Finland’s electricity network. In response, new regulations were introduced requiring network operators to exceed certain availability targets by 2028.
Since 2018, MIRA has supported Elenia in its goal to bury a further ~25,000km of its network over the next decade.
Leveraging more than 15 years of experience managing electricity, gas, and water utilities across Europe, MIRA is actively supporting Elenia’s management team as they plan and implement this major capital expenditure programme.
The ‘undergrounding’ of the network is expected to be the most effective way to protect it from extreme weather events – minimising the risk of disruption for Elenia’s more than 430,000 customers.
To ensure construction is completed safely, MIRA and its co-investors are also helping to promote best practice health and safety practices amongst Elenia’s employees and contractors.
In 2018, Elenia set new safety targets and introduced rewards within its safety incident reporting system to incentivise staff and contractors to report incidents. Elenia also produced a health and safety manifesto with which it now requires all contractors to comply with.