Annual Report 2014

SESKO’s Annual Report 2014 presents the main points of the electrotechnical standardization activities in Finland. Kenneth Hänninen at Finnish Energy Industries started his first triennial as the new chairperson for the SESKO’s Administrative Board and President of the association. SESKO held a joint workshop on electrotechnical standardization together with IEC. SESKO and SFS agreed that also IEC and EN standards, in addition to SFS standards, will be available through SFS sales during 2015. The biggest interest in sourcing all of their standards from one place lies with global companies operating in Finland, which acquire their standards as large licensed online collections. The possibility to get standards from different sectors from one source is good service to big customers.

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Managing Director's Review 2014

Centralization ensures the availability of standards

In 2014, SESKO and SFS reached an agreement on making also IEC standards and CENELEC EN standards available through SFS sales during 2015. The biggest interest in sourcing all of their standards from one place lies with global companies operating in Finland, which acquire their standards as large licensed online collections. The possibility to get standards from different sectors from one source is good service to big customers. It is also inevitable in order to maintain SFS as one supply channel in the fierce global competition between standard distributors. In the future IEC and EN standards will not be available for purchase directly from SESKO anymore, but SESKO will continue to advise Finns regarding the use and acquisition of standards. Individual standards and standard collections continue to be available from the IEC webstore. 

The transfer of sales to SFS has a significant impact on the organization of work in SESKO, as SESKO has been taking care of selling IEC standards and CENELEC EN standards in Finland since 1994, which is when their sales was transferred to it from SFS. Now the original set-up has been restored. Hopefully all customers can be served better by centralizing the selling of standards. 

Economic turbulence

Year 2014 was economically a harder time for SESKO than it has had in ages. The biggest single factor that contributed to the decline in revenue and resulted in a significant deficit was the postponement of the publication of the standard on electrical work safety until 2015. The publication of this widely distributed standard was originally planned for 2014. The delay was caused by a longer-than-estimated period needed for the national preparation. Also, for the first time in decades, the economic recession could be seen both in the decrease of the number of participants and in the decrease of revenue from the sales of electrical standards. For the first time the revenue from the sales of IEC standards exceeded the revenue from SFS standards. SESKO finances its operations with this revenue, and big changes have a substantial impact on the operational capability of SESKO. The operational principle of SESKO is that those who benefit from the standards pay for their development, maintenance and availability. Beneficiaries from the standards are the companies that send their experts to influence the content, and to get first-hand knowledge about the standards under preparation. Also those users benefit from standards, who are not involved in the preparation of the standards, but who use the standards to gain easier and quicker access to the market for their products and services. 

Interaction enhances the experience for experts

Workshop 2014, arranged jointly by IEC and SESKO, proved that contact-making events are needed despite electronic sources and methods for information management. Experts from SESKO committees and follow-up groups felt the outcome of the event was very useful. Especially the young experts who are at the beginning of their standardization careers felt it was important to meet experienced experts in order to share experiences with them. 
Electronic systems and communication over the net cannot replace human face-to-face interaction. Even though electronic systems bring speed and flexibility to taking care of business and reduce costs, there is still a need for physical meetings and educational events. In the best case these communication methods complement each other. Based on the feedback, there is a clear need to organize similar contact-making events for electrotechnical standardization. 

Towards a smart society

Smart Grid was one of the foremost standardization topics in 2014, and it continues to be one in the future. In order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the use of renewable energy sources will be increased, and energy efficiency will be improved. Centralized power generation is giving way to more and more decentralized generation. In the future world, reasonably priced and uninterrupted supply of energy as well as continuity management will be important. Energy security will be increasingly important. 

Securing the supply of electricity, increasing small-scale generation and proliferation of energy storage systems increase the need for data communication and data collection. This also makes information security more important. Major renovations are needed to the power grid all over the world in the near future. 

From the standardization point of view, great challenges will be presented by the specification of the data models for the communication systems and the reconciliation of requirements from different subsectors such as construction engineering, power distribution automation, power exchanges and small-scale generation. The diversified role of the consumer in the smart grid will introduce new security issues. Also the interconnections between the consumer’s systems and external data networks will add to the challenges in information security and privacy. 

There is a clear need for mutually agreed rules as well as management and coordination of the technical properties. This can be achieved through standards. IEC has responded to the challenges by promoting the standardization of the Smart Grid concept. 

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