Wind power production is picking up pace in Finland. There are currently 263 wind power projects underway in Finland, according to Anni Mikkonen, Executive Director of the Finnish Wind Power Association.
The feed-in tariff provided by the government of Finland plays an important role in encouraging more investment in the wind power sector. In September 2013, 305 MW of wind power was produced within the feed-in tariff system, which will continue to provide a guaranteed price for new wind power projects until its total quota of 2500 MW is fulfilled.
Positive attitude to wind power
Attitudes towards more wind power construction are positive in Finland, according to a new survey by the Finnish Wind Power Association. The survey was conducted in Ii, Simo, Tervola and Merijärvi – four municipalities where new wind turbines have been constructed recently. In each area the majority of respondents did not find the sound of the turbines invasive, even within a distance of one kilometre.
Attitudes towards the visual impact of the turbines on the landscape were more critical but still the majority of respondents did not feel that the turbines ruined the landscape. Two thirds of the respondents welcomed more wind power construction in their municipalities and only a few percent felt that there should be less wind power. According to Mikkonen, this shows that wind power construction does not differ from other major projects undertaken in the society, and there is no significant NIMBY effect regarding wind power in Finland.
Source: Rakennuslehti, Finnish Wind Power Association