Cooperation within networks

We operate in a project-based manner within networks, both with our shareholders and our partners and subcontractors. We can thus harness the best possible expertise for each project.

Our operating model strongly emphasises networking. Our 23 customer companies are at the heart of the network. We can pool their resources, share risks and realise energy projects with competitive production costs. Many representatives of our customer companies are members of the governing bodies of Pohjolan Voima’s parent company and subsidiaries. The owners of our customer companies also belong to the network. Energy companies can have several owners, for example. This way, the benefits from our operations are enjoyed by many parties in the whole of Finland. More than 130 municipalities benefit from Pohjolan Voima’s cost-price electricity and heat.

We have several partners who take care of functions that are important to us. This ensures extensive expertise and efficiency. For example, Caverion maintains our hydropower plants, Power-Deriva provides us energy management services, and Azets provides us financial administration services. We work in close cooperation with equipment suppliers and research institutions when developing our operations. We are also actively involved in networks of the energy sector and society.

It is important for us that our contractual and cooperation partners are aware of their role in Pohjolan Voima’s value chain and are committed to sustainable operating principles and their development.

We invest in development to further improve the reliability and energy efficiency of our power plants. We work closely with our shareholders, as well as with the technology suppliers of each of the power plants. Together, we try to find the most functional and cost-effective solutions.  `

For example, at the Kaukaan Voima and Kymin Voima biopower plants, significant adjustments of boilers’ combustion conditions have been successfully completed. The adjustments reduce emissions into the air and improve energy efficiency. This efficient control technology solution was achieved in collaboration with the technology supplier Valmet.

Visible locally

In our operating areas, we work with local communities in actual projects that have local value.

One example of this is the Jakkukylä suspension bridge, which spans the Iijoki river at Yli-Ii. It connects the village on each side of the river, making it easier and faster for schoolchildren and other pedestrians and cyclists to cross the river.

Much local collaboration takes place especially in the Iijoki river, where among  other things, beaches and boat docks are restored, and horsetail is cut to facilitate boating.  

A local co-operation project, the Jakkukylä suspension bridge a Yli-Ii over the river Iijoki. Photo: Kai Tirkkonen.

Research and master’s theses

We also cooperate with universities and students. We cooperate in research projects by offering material for researchers and partial funding for research projects, for example. Our power plants employ people working on their master’s theses.

This research collaboration also generates innovations which are more generally beneficial. An example of this collaboration is the turbine regulator, which was developed by PVO-Vesivoima and researchers at the University of Oulu. The regulator can exert much more accurate and faster control of the power plant’s production.

Tommi Hansen-Haug of PVO-Vesivoima (on the left) and István Selek of University of Oulu running tests in the joint project, Improvement of hydropower plant control performance. Photo: Kai Tirkkonen

Understanding across generations

We have also started a series of discussions with young opinion leaders. We want to better understand what young adults think about various methods of combating climate change and producing electricity for society, as well as about energy production itself. 

In our Sähkö tulee töpselistä (Electricity comes from the plug) podcast we discuss climate change, electricity, energy use and production and the sustainable future of energy. Podcast guests include energy experts and for example environmental activists.