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Wind Finland 2018 -seminar gathers the top experts in Finnish wind power industry to share great deal of topical information and creates a platform for networking and discussions. The full day can be followed in English. The seminar is followed by Cocktail Hours dedicated for networking.


Haltia – The Finnish Nature Centre is located in the Nuuksio National Park. Only 30 minutes drive from Helsinki gets visitor surrounded by the spectacular views of Nuuksio and Lake Pitkäjärvi. Tickets include complimentary bus service.


This year Wind Finland is all about Energy Transition. We have the best specialists in the field talking about energy market change, big technical changes, demand response and about FWPA’s vision 2030. In the afternoon we’re going to have an overview about Finnish wind power situation and PPA session at the end. And off course we have arranged once more great time and opportunities to network. Wind Finland team is looking forward to see you in Nuuksio!


Busses depart from Helsinki Central Railway Station


Doors open, Coffee & Networking



Heidi Paalatie, Operations Manager, Finnish Wind Power Association. – Opening speech

Jukka Kotovirta, Partner, Gearshift Group Ltd. – Major technological transitions – business lessons learned from telecommunications

Antonella Battaglini, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Renewables Grid Initiative – Electricity grid: enabler or obstacle of the energy transition?

Karoliina Auvinen, Stakeholder Relations Director and Researcher Karoliina Auvinen, Smart Energy Transition project – Energy system needs to change but how?

Ville Väre, Senior Engineer, Markets, Energy Authority – Demand response – game changer?


Lunch & Networking


Pentti Itkonen, Sales Manager Finland, ENERCON GmbH – FWPA vision 2030



Roland Magnusson, Competition Adviser, Renewable Energy, Energy Authority – Competitive bidding for a market premium in 2018

Sten Lillienau, Key Account Manager, Neas Energy A/S – Corporate PPA’s – What’s in it?


Coffee Break & Networking




Raija Seppälä, Senior Originator – Nordic Power and Fuels, Vattenfall

Justin FitzHugh, Partner, Augusta & Co.



Hannele Holttinen, Principal Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Matti Tähtinen Senior Scientist, Principal Investigator, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Solutions for Natural Resources and Environment

16:30 – 17:00

Summary of the sessions


Busses depart from Haltia

17:00 – 19:00

Cocktail Hours


Busses depart from Haltia

Announced speakers


Antonella Battaglini
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Renewables Grid Initiative

Antonella Battaglini is currently a member of the European Commission’s expert group…
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on electricity interconnection targets and has previously been an expert member of the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s 2014-2016 Global Agenda Council on the Future of Electricity. In 2015 she was named one of Tällberg’s 2015 five Global Leaders for her commitment to a sustainable energy future and combating climate change. She was also a senior scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) where she led the SuperSmart Grid (SSG) process, a concept she developed together with her team to reconcile different approaches to the system integration of renewables. By adopting a holistic approach, the SSG addresses the challenges of the transformation of the power sector considering generation, transmission and demand management. In this concept, both centralised and decentralised options play an undisputed role.

Karoliina Auvinen
Stakeholder Relations Director and Researcher Karoliina Auvinen, Smart Energy Transition project

Karoliina Auvinen, M.Sc. (Tech.) has more than 15 years of experience in clean energy and climate change mitigation… Read more..

work in new business sector development, market creation and societal change promotion. Her expertise consists of economical profitability analysis of clean technologies, policy recommendations, co-creation methods and public affairs. Currently, she works at Aalto University School of Business in various market creation projects promoting new energy solutions and smart energy transition towards carbon-free society.

Ville Väre
Senior Engineer, Markets, Energy Authority

Ville Väre works as senior engineer at Energy Authority`s market development team. He is mainly focused on electricity market development issues… Read more..

such as smart grids, demand flexibility, security of supply (markets) and European electricity market. Ville acts as expert secretary of Finnish Smart Grid Working group of Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. Besides of that acting as a chair of demand flexibility working of NordREG (Nordic Energy Regulators) and team leader of demand flexibility working group at Energy Authority makes him quite involved in demand flexibility issues. The target of these groups is to improve security of supply, increase customers alternatives, enable reasonable energy price and environmentally energy system.

Pentti Itkonen
Sales Manager Finland

Pentti Itkonen is passionate about promoting clean energy and works as a Sales Manager for… Read more..

the wind power pioneer ENERCON in the Finnish market. Former positions in wind project development (Ilmatar Windpower Plc), manufacturing (Metso Automation) and international sales (ABB) grants Pentti a broad view on the wind industry. Chairing the Future Committee of the FWPA, which consists of Finnish wind industry leaders and researchers, he is able to stay on the edge of the latest technology advancements and market developments. The aim of the committee is to provide solutions for the changing energy landscape.

Jukka Kotovirta
Partner, Gearshift Group Ltd.

Jukka Kotovirta (M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering) is a founding partner of Gearshift Group, a business consultancy specialized in… Read more..

increasing customer value through innovative business models, strategies and M&A. He has witnessed the deregulation of the telecommunications sector in Europe both as a business manager at an operator (Sonera) and at an equipment vendor (Cisco Systems EMEA). At Gearshift Group he has conducted a multitude of strategy assignments, helping companies in the ICT, energy, media, cleantech, retail, and engineering sectors embrace and capitalize the new opportunities presented by digitalization. He is a popular lecturer on disruptive innovation.


Roland Magnusson
Competition Adviser, Renewable Energy, Energy Authority

Roland Magnusson, Ph.D. (Econ.), M.Sc. (Tech.), is in charge for organising the competitive bidding… Read more..

procedure for a market premium scheduled for November/December 2018. In addition, he is in charge for another bidding procedure targeted at promoting biogas and electricity in road transport. Working previously for a consultancy and a fund manager Roland has work experience of 11 years of financing renewable energy investments. He has also published some of his research on regulating the energy sector and promoting renewables in peer reviewed scientific journals.

Sten Lillienau
Key Account Manager, Neas Energy A/S

Sten Lillienau has a broad background within the green and renewable industry sector… Read more..

Apart from his position at Neas Energy he has worked for Thermia/Danfoss heat pumps, Metso Paper and has been Sector Expert Energy & Environment at the Danish Trade Council.


Raija Seppälä
Senior Originator – Nordic Power and Fuels

Justin FitzHugh
Augusta & Co.

Justin FitzHugh is a Partner at Augusta and leads Augusta’s Nordic activities, with a focus on corporate PPAs. He has led over 1GW of pre-construction wind deals in Norway and Sweden… Read more..

with PPAs from Google, Facebook, Norsk Hydro and Alcoa, and has extensive experience of wind M&A transactions across the Nordic region, including Finland and the Baltic States, and beyond. Justin has over 20 years of M&A and capital raising experience of which the last 15 have been spent specialising in renewable energy and the last 10 at Augusta.  Before Augusta, he worked for Climate Change Capital, Pöyry Energy Consulting and spent six years at JPMorgan in the M&A/Investment Banking team in London. Justin holds an MSc (with Distinction) in Energy Policy from Imperial College London.


Hannele Holttinen
Principal Scientist
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Dr Hannele Holttinen is Principal Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (MSc and PhD from Helsinki Technical University)… Read more..

She has worked for VTT for more than 20 years in different fields of wind energy research, with main interest on the impact of wind and PV on power systems and electricity markets. She acts as Operating Agent of the IEA international collaboration on wind integration (IEA WIND Task 25), chaired IEAWind in 2011-12, and has been active in European Wind Energy Platforms ETIP and TPWIND as well as in Nordic energy research.

Matti Tähtinen
Senior Scientist, Principal Investigator
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Solutions for Natural Resources and Environment

Matti is life-loving nerd. He has been working at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland for past 8 years in climate change… Read more..

renewable energy, energy transition, circular economy and strategic planning. Holistic approach and great bunch of combined ideas have been the way to solve urgent challenges. Matti is known about never-ending stream of ideas, questions and possibilities of the future. As a “Jack of all Trades, Master of Some”, he is currently joining energy transition to circular economy and vice-versa. He tries to find links between energy demand, material and data. During free time, he nourishes his brains at Ristiina with his family and friends.


Marja Kaitaniemi
Chairperson of the board of Finnish Wind Power Association
Portfolio Development Manager, St1 Renewable Energy

Marja is the chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Finnish Wind Power Association. She works at TuuliWatti… Read more..

the biggest wind power producer, where she is responsible of developing the project portfolio. Marja has wide experience in the wind power industry as well as climate and energy policy. She holds M.Sc. in environmental sciences.


Olli Hagqvist
Production Manager
Taaleri Energia

Olli works as a production manager at Taaleri Energia. He has an experience of over 8 years from wind energy… Read more..

and electricity markets and networks. He has joined Taaleri in 2011 and since then being involved in all phases of wind energy projects from green field development to asset management of operational wind farms. His technical specialties are electricity markets, integrating renewable energy to power systems and asset management concepts. He also have a broad understanding of renewable energy insurances. Olli holds a MSc in Electrical Engineering from Tampere University of Technology. His studies focused on renewable energy technology, power markets and networks as well as industrial economics.


Matti Rautkivi
Director, Sales & Marketing
Wartsila Energy Solutions

Matti Rautkivi is an energy industry thought leader. As an engineer for the Finnish energy technology company Wärtsilä… Read more..

his innovative, value-based ideas have helped electric utilities In North America, Europe, Australia and the Middle East seize new business opportunities through flexible power generation. Matti is an active speaker and writer, who has written the book Goodbye to Deerland – Leading Your Utility Through the American Energy Transition. His blog articles on about energy markets have been published In TIME magazine and in many energy industry publications. He currently lives in Helsinki, Finland, with his wife and two kids.


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Greetings from FWPA’s speaker sourcing

Heidi Paalatie, Operations Manager for Finnish Wind Power Association, gathers the lineup for Wind Finland each year with help of colleagues. “We have ‘Energy Transition’ as general theme this year…

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Registration in the Seminar

Registration takes place in the seminar bus during our trip to Haltia – no tickets needed. If you arrive by car or taxi, please register at the infodesk in the entrance hall. The cloakroom and lockers can be found in the entrance hall. Registration opens at 9:00 and the infodesk serves you until 19:15.

Networking cabin

You can find our Networking Cabin from the first floor – perfect choice for private conversations. Book quiet 20 minutes in advance from Saara Jalkanen:, +358 401343336.

Cocktail Hours for networking

Cocktail Hours will be held right after the seminar in the Exhibition hall until 19:00. Cocktail Hours-ticket includes a glass of sparkling and a selection of finest finnish cuisine. If you forgot to apply for the Cocktail Hours, please contact Saara Jalkanen:, +358 401343336.

Complimentary Bus Service & Transportation

A complimentary seminar-bus takes you from Helsinki Central Railway Station to Haltia in about 35-40 minutes. Seminar busses can be recognised by the “Wind Finland 2018” text and our flags at the bus stops.

Bus schedule
8:30 Helsinki – Haltia
17:20 Haltia – Helsinki
19:15 Haltia – Helsinki

Helsinki Central Railway Station bus stop
Rautatientori 1, Situated at Mikonkatu, opposite of Grand Casino.

Haltia bus stop
Right in front of the second floor exit.

Connections from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
Please contact Saara Jalkanen as soon as possible:, +358 401343336

If you arrive by car or taxi
Haltia’s address: Nuuksiontie 84, Espoo. Area is called also Solvalla. Travel time from Helsinki is between 30-40 minutes. Plenty of free outdoor parking space is available.

Building Wind Finland together with

For Partners

Saara Jalkanen
Finnish Wind Power Association
+358 40 134 3336

Haltia gives a great opportunities for partners. Companies can have visibility for e.g. via videos on large screens and banners. There is also possibilities to make valuable contacts by booking a conference room or a stand.

We want to make sure with our partners that companies can make the most of Wind Finland, so please feel free to contact if you want be part of the biggest wind power event of the year!

Each year we design partner packages in all shapes and sizes. Variety can be from a small stand to 16 metres wide screen and from partner lounges to products to share.

Haltia is an innovative building and were always looking for more innovative ways to make the most of it with our partners.

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Over 80 companies to network with

Past seminars


26th of October in Haltia, Nuuksio


  • Anni Mikkonen
  • Kimmo Tiilikainen
  • Giles Dickson
  • Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen
  • Maria Kopsakangas-Savolainen
  • Pasi Vainikka
  • Maiju Seppälä
  • Kimmo Ollikka


26th of October in Energia 2016, Tampere


  • Jarno Limnéll
  • Robert Speht
  • Anja Liukko
  • Jan Hagen
  • Andrew Garrad
  • Valtteri Hongisto
  • Hannele Holttinen
  • Leena Sivill


29th of October in Ruoholahti, Helsinki

Speakers (including sessions):

  • Jason Staines
  • Christopher Stanley
  • Pasi Vainikka
  • Anja Liukko
  • Valtteri Hongisto
  • VTT, Etha Wind & Puhuri Oy
  • Sten Lillienau
  • Heidi Paalatie
  • Sanna Uski
  • Ville Vyyryläinen
  • Aleksi Nordlund
  • Sami Haapanala
  • Anni Mikkonen
  • Aimo Halonen
  • Minna Haapsaari

Contact Us

Wind Finland 2018

Finnish Wind Power Association
Kauppakatu 19 A 9
40100 Jyväskylä, Finland

Contact for partnership
Saara Jalkanen
Finnish Wind Power Association
+358 40 134 3336 

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