App for electricity supply companies

In Finland, electricity transmission grids are among critical infrastructures that are often damaged due to weather related hazards. In this context, it has been developed a tool to deal with the problem of predicting power outages in an electrical power grid due to convective storms. It has been tested by Järvi Suomen Energia.

This tool supports the decision-making and improves the planning of placing the resources of the electricity companies over severe weather events that can have a negative impact on operational performance. It provides the forecasted route and severity of the convective cells, an impact of the storm in euros, kWh and households without electricity, an amount of the teams needed on the field to repair the faults and the estimate of the power outage’s duration.

  • Pilot Site: South-Savo (Finland)

  • Case study: Reducing storm-driven impacts on electricity transmission grids

  • Status: Under operational demonstration since July 2018

  • Developer and implementor: FMI (Finnish Meteorological Institute) and Järvi-Suomen Energia

  • End-users: Järvi-Suomen Energia

It can be used on different levels and employees of the company. The route and the recourse forecast are the most essential for the operational center, while the information about the economic loss plays bigger role for the management and communication of the company.

It can be used on different levels and employees of the company. The route and the recourse forecast are the most essential for the operational center, while the information about the economic loss plays bigger role for the management and communication of the company.

Main functionalities:

  • Combination of weather estimation (convective cells) with estimation of impact on business continuity (economic losses).

  • Useful in making decisions and receiving hints if the situation gets better or worse.