About Elektrilevi

Elektrilevi is Estonia's largest network operator. We aim to offer our customers and society a high-quality experience by effectively developing and managing large networks. Our efforts help to make the network service more reliable. We will also rise other network services, such as fast internet and a charging network for electrical vehicles, to a new level.

Our network covers 93% of Estonia

Elektrilevi supplies electricity to almost all households and companies in Estonia. Elektrilevi has more than 504,000 customers that use our network service. In order to ensure a constant supply of electricity to our customers we maintain and repair 60,000 kilometres of power lines and more than 24,000 substations. Our network area does not include Lääne county, Viimsi or Narva and its surrounding areas, where electricity is supplied by other network operators.

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Elektrilevi's promises

We will bring the network to you

As the largest network operator, we maintain and develop networks that cover all Estonia.

We will continue future developments

We will apply our long-term experience and professional employees to create a smart network for society.

All customers matter

We are a caring partner and create convenient e-solutions to make complicated processes simpler.

Our principles of operation

Elektrilevi provides services of strategic importance for society. For this reason we pay special attention to the quality requirements for our service, the safety of our employees and people in general, and also our environmental impact. We follow the equal treatment principle when it comes to the customers, electricity sellers and other parties, and treat the data entrusted to us with care.

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Investments

We plan the development of the network for several decades in advance and make continuous investments to ensure constant electricity supply. Our investment decisions rely on state-of-the-art big data analysis models that help us to ensure that every euro invested in the power grid has a maximum impact.

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Annual reports

Read more about Elektrilevi's economic results and more important activity indicators. The deadline for submitting Elektrilevi's annual report is June 30th. Generally, we will publish the annual report of the previous year by April of the following year.

Annual report for year 2019 Archive

Analyses and studies

The electricity distribution network is a vital services infrastructure, and the investments in it are considerable and are for decades to come. The planning of the network is influenced by the rapid development of technology, changes in electricity production and consumption patterns, and economic and demographic trends. To make good decisions, it is increasingly important to involve research and development.

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Management structure

Elektrilevi OÜ employs over 730 people across Estonia. We work with power engineering and electricity network experts, information technology specialists and professionals of other fields related to the network service (electricity transmission, street lighting and communications network).

Employee email addresses take the form:

firstname.surname@elektrilevi.ee

Management Board

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Jaanus Tiisvend

Chairman of the Management Board

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Andres Tõnissaar

Member of the Management Board

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Priit Treial

Member of the Management Board


Main area managers

Customer experience control
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Merle Saksladu

  • Customer experience control
  • Customer orders and reactions administration
  • Self-service development
  • Works execution
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    Priit Paltmann

  • Operational services
  • Network loss and metering equipment works
  • Minor works
  • Automation works
  • Asset management
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    Rasmus Armas

  • Governance of the asset management standard
  • Development of asset-related technology
  • Asset strategy, design, planning
  • Head of Operations
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    Andres Tõnissaar

  • Monitor and management of service performance
  • Operation and maintenance of network assets
  • Management of network assets and metering data
  • Supervision and safety at work
  • Regulated services
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    Priit Treial

  • Product management of regulated services
  • Protection and equal treatment of personal data
  • Regulatory and market relations
  • Management systems and targeting
  • Strategic environmental analysis
  • New services
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  • Development of new services and product management
  • Sales management and customer quotations
  • Partner relationships and incoming purchases
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    Andres Alamaa

  • Partner Relations management
  • Management of framework contracts and incoming purchases
  • Learning center
  • Human resources management
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    Chris-Helin Loik

  • Employee experience management
  • Working environment
  • Improvement of management quality
  • Communication and marketing
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    Tuuli Sokmann

  • Communication management
  • Marketing
  • Branding
  • How is the network fee calculated?

    The optimum way to transmit electricity is to have only one network operator in every area to avoid the costs of building overlapping networks. As the market for the network service is therefore not competitive, the costs of network operators and the price of their services are regulated. When the costs incurred by network operators change, they apply to the Competition Authority for approval of a new price.

    Network changes 2020

    What does the network fee consist of?

    The price of the network service (i.e. the network fee) covers the expenses of maintaining and updating the electricity network, such as building a new network, equipment maintenance and repair, clearing of line corridors, maintenance of equipment used to measure consumption, building and maintenance of information systems essential to the management and functioning of the electricity network, etc.

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    How have network bills changed over time?

    The price of the network service has been distinguished in electricity costs since 2005. A comparison with the service price increase of the CPI shows that in the last 10 years the network service price has become 11% cheaper. We work hard to provide the network service in the most efficient manner and to keep the costs and fees at a reasonable level.

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    Network fees in Estonia and Europe

    Estonian network service prices are below the European average, both for residential and business customers. At the same time, we shouldn't forget that Estonia has low population density, which means that we are supporting a network with relatively big capacity but with a small number of consumers and a low power demand.

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    What does my electricity bill consist of?

    The final price of electricity consumption for customers consists of three components:

  • electricity
  • network service
  • state fees and duties

  • Based on the average network fee for all Elektrilevi customers and the electricity price for the universal service, electricity, network fee and duties each make up about a third of the final price.

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    Elektrilevi

    Investments in 2019

    We have to consider the whole Estonia in our investment decisions. When preparing an investment plan we consider the number of customers connected to the power line and the substation, suppliers of essential services, the condition and malfunction risk of the power line, natural conditions, other plans for upgrading infrastructures, and many other factors.

    Investments by County

    Investments in Harju County 2019

    Planned investments

    10,6 m eur

    Number of substations to be renovated

    49

    Power lines to be renewed

    128 km

    Larger investment projects in Harju County

  • Power supply of the transformer of Topi substation and Laagri medium voltage line
  • The 10 kV switchyard and two power transformers of Riisipere substation
  • Upgrading of the 10 kV switchgear of Keila regional substation
  • Upgrade of Distribution substation 844 in Tallinn
  • Elimination of Klooga regional substation and optimization of the supply area
  • Transition of the regional network of Distribution substation 128 to 10kV voltage in Kelmiküla, Tallinn
  • Ranna substation's power transformer in Tallinn
  • Stage 5 of voltage class change in Muraste region, Harku and Keila rural municipalities
  • Upgrading of the Veskimetsa line of Regional substation 608 in Tallinn
  • Kuusalu-Saunja power line
  • Investments

    Smart and effective investments are important both for Elektrilevi, our customers and Estonia in general. Due to the population concentration and size, a single Estonian consumer has to support more than twice the amount of the power grid compared to a Dutch or German consumer. We have to guarantee an acceptable level of supply security for all our customers in a situation where 60% of the power grid is located in scattered settlement areas and only 5% of the total electricity in the network is consumed from this part of the grid.

    Whether we have managed to target our investments well is best shown by the improvement in our customers' power supply. Over the past five years, the number of breakdowns has decreased by well over one-third and the average duration of outages due to breakdowns per household has more than halved.

    Our investments are divided between weather-proof underground and overhead lines and new substations. To reduce the dependence of the safety of network on weather, we replace old bare overhead lines with underground cables. On low-voltage lines we also use modern overhead cables that are much more weather-proof compared to traditional lines and can even endure fallen trees.

    Our network covers 93% of Estonia

    Due to Estonia's low population density a single consumer has to support a much larger portion of the network in comparison to many other European countries. This also affects the network-related costs.

    Elektrilevi maintains and develops essential network services to create a more comfortable and simpler environment both for people and companies.

    We aim to continuously improve our network service while maintaining a reasonable price range. To assure the quality of our service, we use effective and efficient solutions, continuously work on weatherproofing the network and digitize the network management.

    Joint management of different network types is one of our major objectives that would allow us to offer high-quality service to our customers and society while keeping the costs and prices on a reasonable level. As of now, we have been managing the street lighting network in Tallinn and Tartu for several years. We have also started the development process for an electric vehicle network and an open and neutral communications network that will bring fast internet to locations currently without a stable fixed connection.

    When it comes to the management of smart network connections that combine different functions, then Estonia is a role model for the whole world. We believe that the joint management of networks will make life in Estonia even more comfortable and help our companies to excel even further.

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    Our principles of operation

    Safety and quality

    We adhere to the following quality principles in our work:
  • we assure constant supply of electricity by keeping up with the technological progress and by investing into the growth of our employees and partners. We also aim to create an operational environment that supports progress;
  • we provide consistent network services to meet our customers practical needs and all legal requirements;
  • we ensure that the electricity network continues to develop and function efficiently;
  • we apply the principle of equal treatment for all market participants;
  • we provide high quality services and share common customer service principles both with employees working for Elektrilevi and our partner companies.
  • Elektrilevi has been awarded the international quality management certificate:
  • ISO 9001 (pdf) »
  • ISO 14001 (pdf) »
  • ISO 18001 (pdf) »
  • ISO 55001 (pdf) »
  • We adhere to the following occupational health and safety principles to ensure a safe and healthy work environment:
  • we pay great attention to creating a safe working environment and involve our employees in the process;
  • we assess illness, accident and incident risks and inform our employees and partners of these risks;
  • we inform the general public and anyone interested about the risks associated with our equipment and we undertake to minimise or eliminate those risks;
  • we work to raise our employees' and partners' awareness of the legal requirements covering the working environment and undertake to fulfil these requirements, and we demand that our partners do the same.
  • Elektrilevi's activities in the working environment have been awarded the international OHSAS 18001 (pdf) occupational health and safety certificate.

    Environmental impact

    We avoid causing environmental pollution with our activity and adhere to the following environmental policy:
  • we follow the environmental policy of Eesti Energia AS in our work at Elektrilevi;
  • we analyse the environmental impacts of electricity distribution and use the best available technical solutions to minimise negative environmental impacts and network losses;
  • we consider the sustainable use of resources and the recycling of materials to be crucially important;
  • we make every effort to prevent and reduce our output of waste and use the best available solutions for waste management;
  • other factors being equal, we prefer suppliers with certified environmental management systems that use environmentally sustainable technologies and materials in our tenders;
  • we make sure that Elektrilevi's employees and partners are aware of the requirements of environmental law and undertake to comply with these requirements, and we expect our partners to do the same;
  • we inform the general population about Elektrilevi's environmental considerations and impacts.
  • Elektrilevi's environmental management system has been awarded the international ISO 14001 (pdf) environmental management certificate.

    Elektrilevi regularly assesses the direct and indirect impact of its operations on the environment and quality of life, as well as their potential impact and importance.

    Significant environmental issues
  • Oil or fuel leaks into the soil, surface or ground water – risk of environmental pollution.
  • Preservation of nature conservation and heritage sites – damaged heritage and nature conservation sites.
  • Long-term power supply outages influencing the quality of life, the environment or assets – disrupted operations and infrastructural breakdowns.
  • Marking and fencing facilities and construction sites – damaging personal health and well-being.
  • Use of hazardous substances and waste leakages – environmental pollution.
  • Generation of construction waste – visual pollution, damage to residential areas.
  • Direct and indirect exposure to electrical dangers – risk to life and well-being.
  • Technical loss of energy and the consumption of electricity by elements of the network – environmental load.
  • Low environmental awareness among our clients and the public – major environmental damage and reduction of well-being.
  • Sorting and re-use of waste – reduction of environmental load.
  • To avoid or reduce all of these environmental impacts, we follow preventative measures and require our contractual partners to do the same. In regard to environmental issues, please address the person in charge of the work performed by the contractor on site, or contact Elektrilevi by email info@elektrilevi.ee.

    Waste management

    Any waste materials generated by Elektrilevi's operations are sorted and disposed of according to the type of waste and the requirements of the law. The main types of waste we generate are:

  • Impregnated wooden poles
  • Reinforced concrete poles
  • Waste metal
  • Construction waste
  • Electrical and electronic equipment and their components
  • Oil waste
  • Batteries
  • Waste management is organised by Elektrilevi's own contractors and waste operators in possession of permits and licenses for managing hazardous waste.

    • Equal treatment principles

    All market participants should be able to use the electrical network of a network supplier on equal terms. We have established the Equal Treatment Action Plan to ensure equal treatment of customers, electricity sellers and other parties. We update the plan regularly and the Competition Authority confirms whether it has been adhered to.

  • The Equal Treatment Action Plan (pdf) »
  • Annex 1 to the Equal Treatment Action Plan (pdf) »
  • Annex 2 to the Equal Treatment Action Plan (pdf) »
  • Annex 3 to the Equal Treatment Action Plan (pdf) »
  • Annex 4 to the Equal Treatment Action Plan (pdf) »
  • Report on the execution of the Equal Treatment Action Plan (pdf) »
  • Annex to the report on the execution of the Equal Treatment Action Plan (pdf) »
  • Principles of providing services on a market open to competition (pdf) »
  • Processing of customer data

    We collect as little customer data as possible, but we must collect the minimum required for us to do our work. For example, we collect your name, personal identity number, contact details, language, consumption point location, consumption data, etc. We need this data primarily so that we can meet the contractual obligations we have to the customer, provide customer services and meet any legal requirements.

    Access to customer data is only granted to employees who need the data for their work, so data processing is limited solely to the information necessary for particular tasks.

  • Customer data processing rules until 19 April 2020 (pdf) »
  • Customer data processing rules since 20 April 2020 (pdf) »
  • Persons authorised to process customer data (pdf) »
  • Analyses and studies

    Elektrilevi began to cooperate more systematically with research institutions in the first half of the 2000s, when it identified the most critical asset groups for value creation in the distribution network together with the Lappeenranta University in Finland. Elektrilevi also cooperates with Tallinn University of Technology and the University of Tartu. For example, Tallinn University of Technology conducted a series of studies on certain aspects of asset insurance, and with the help of the University of Tartu, a management standard for asset-related projects was developed.

    Elektrilevi also cooperates with academic institutions by attracting trainees, and where possible, provides the information necessary for preparing energy-related dissertations. We also publish final reports on commissioned applied research and analyses.

    Research and analyses ordered by Elektrilevi:
  • Current and future forms of management for electric power networks and other infrastructures (pdf) »
  • Trends affecting the demand for network service and study summary of a study researching the effect of such trends (pdf) »
  • Objectives, implementation methods and selection criteria for network investments in Elektrilevi rural service areas (pdf) »
  • Elektrilevi supply security indicators and change factors upon transition to a cable network (pdf) »
  • Analysis of the impact on supply security of single and double sided supply of electrical installations for customers of the power grid (pdf) » 
  • Budget distribution analysis (pdf) »
  • Analysis of the relationship between defects and faults (pdf) »
  • Risk-based calculation and analysis of investments by asset class (pdf) »
  • Using alternative technical solutions to solve voltage relted proems in low curent networks (pdf) »
  • Analysis of investment budget for quality target SAIDIkogu 90 2030 (pdf) »
  • SAIDIkogu 90 min 2030 research and development work report, terms (pdf) »
  • Analysis of distribution network balanced reliability level on the basis of total society production in Estonia (pdf) »
  • Analysis of distribution network balanced reliability level on the basis of total society production in Estonia (assessment of results) (pdf) »
  • What does the network fee consist of?

    The network fee also includes the costs of the service provided by the transmission system operator Elering and distribution network operators, such as Elektrilevi. The price also includes a reasonable uniform margin established by the Competition Authority for all network operators.

    There are over 30 network operators in Estonia. The costs of each operator depend on the character of their network, the density of consumers in the area, and the investment needs of the network, which is why different network operators apply different fees.

    How have network bills changed over time?

    Network fees in Estonia and Europe

    There is a trend towards using a fixed fee in Europe as the costs related to maintaining the network connection are not substantially linked to the consumed electricity amount. A larger fixed fee percentage allows consumers of different capacity to invest into covering the network costs on a more equal basis.

    In Estonia, the fixed fee percentage is lower than the European average, which means that those who consume more electricity also invest more into covering the network costs. That is why we are slightly more expensive than the European average in comparison with major consumers, although for smaller consumers our network service is one of the cheapest in Europe.

    What does my electricity bill consist of?

    The renewable energy fee and electricity excise

    The renewable energy fee is levied by the state to subsidise the generation of electricity from renewable sources or the combined generation of heat and electricity in Estonia. Elering, the transmission system operator, calculates the renewable energy fee for each year and publishes it. Distribution network operators, including Elektrilevi, have a duty to collect this fee from consumers and transfer it to the transmission system operator.

    The amount of the renewable energy fee depends on the estimated amounts of electricity to be produced during the next calendar year from renewable sources, and the network service sales forecast. If the expected amounts of electricity to be produced or sold change, the renewable energy fee also changes. Elering publishes the fee rate for the next calendar year by 1 December.

    The electricity excise is a tax established by the state, which is payable on the electricity used. The rate of the tax from 2010 until the end of April 2020, according to the Alcohol, Tobacco, Fuel and Electricity Excise Duty Act is 0.00447 Euros per kilowatt hour. The excise rate from the 1st of May 2020 is 0.001 Euros per kilowatt hour. The electricity excise is collected by network companies based on the consumed kilowatt hours and forwarded to the state.