Finnish Rail Regulatory Body issued a decision on the allocation of the costs of filtering electrical interference in the electrified railway network
On 3 November 2021, the Finnish Rail Regulatory Body issued a decision in the case “Complaint by VR-Group Ltd concerning the reactive power costs charged by the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency”.
According to the decision, filtering electrical interference in the electrified railway network and the resulting reactive power costs are included in the minimum access package of the Rail Transport Act. Therefore, publishing the costs of filters that generate reactive power, as well as related information must be treated in accordance with the requirements of legislation on minimum access package.
Consequently, the costs due to filters that generate reactive power, included in the transfer fee from high-voltage networks and published by the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency in its railway network statements for the timetable period 2021 and 2022, are not in accordance with the Rail Transport Act, and they must be removed from the context of electricity transfer service and contact line network's electricity transfer fees specified in the network statements.
The decision (in Finnish) is available on the website of the Finnish Rail Regulatory Body at the address https://www.saantelyelin.fi/fi/saantelyelimen-paatokset-ja-ilmoitukset (External link)
Juha Karjanlahti, Head of the Finnish Rail Regulatory Body, tel. +358 29 5345 244, juha.karjanlahti(at)traficom.fi
Aleksi Kukkarinen, Special Adviser, tel. +358 29 5345 247, aleksi.kukkarinen(at)traficom.fi