Elenia is the second largest electricity DSO (distribution system operator) in Finland, supplying electricity to 425 000 homes and businesses, and covering over 100 municipalities vast across the center of the country. The usual fault causes are thunderstorms and risky trees falling on the power lines, and, as Elenia invests heavily on underground cabling, one common cause has become excavators when digging goes wrong.
“There is a lot of complexity in network design and in how to present large amounts of data to the user in a way that supports their decision-making. It’s a good challenge,” reflects Jan Rondeel, the CIO of Skagerak Nett, which is a part of Skagerak Energi in Norway.
Integrate – to everywhere. That accentuates the whole point of centralized network investment planning. The magic is in pulling together data from all your sources, so that you can focus on easy monitoring. And if you have doubts about the technical side of it, not to worry – it’s easy for guys like Jussi!
“You can get the big picture working well – you just need to have a few core issues down right”, says Jukka Leppänen, sales director for the Electric & Gas segment at Trimble Energy. He notes that network asset management, with a holistic approach, is a vast entity, bringing out aspects such as technical performance and distribution quality, reliability and risk management. In addition, there's the dilemma of choosing between network maintenance and investments.
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