How much wind power to Finland?
66 000 MW
About 66 000 megawatts of wind power projects are under development in Finland (2022).
How much wind power can and should be built in Finland?
Finnish wind conditions do not set a limit to the amount of wind power that can be built in Finland. From the perspective of Finnish wind resources, the Finnish Wind Atlas shows that onshore and offshore wind resources are sufficient to meet ambitious wind energy targets. The amount of wind power that is feasible to build depends more for example on how well wind farms receive necessary permits or how attractive developers are able to make their financial calculations.
A great potential
Finland’s wind power potential is many times higher than the capacity currently build. According to FWPA’s project list (updated in November 2022), there are more than 66 000 megawatts of wind power projects under development in Finland. Not all projects are likely to be implemented for various reasons, such as the windiness of the area or nature values. However, almost 10 600 MW of projects already have a land use plan or a land use plan and a building permit. FWPA is expecting that we have aproximately 100 TWh of annual onhore wind power production and 100 TWh of annual offshore wind power production in 2040 in Finland.
From a land use perspective, current regional plans designate only a small proportion of the total potentially suitable areas for wind power construction. However, regional land use planners have been instructed to consider the needs of wind power in future regional plans and when making amendments to existing plans. From the point of view of developing the Finnish national grid, there is in any case a need to strengthen the power system because of the construction of several other new power plants.