Focus on wind power
Metsähallitus sets aside areas of state-owned land that it controls and improves them with wind power operation in mind. Metsähallitus’ tasks also include active project development and leasing these areas following tendering processes.
Our aim is to enable the efficient use of state-owned land for wind power generation while addressing other land use needs and environmental values. We also wish to play an active role in promoting the attainment of Finland's climate targets.
Operating model in wind power business
It is vital to coordinate the land use needs related to wind power with other forms of land use, and the overall responsibility for achieving this objective rests with Metsähallitus as the custodian of state land. Wind power construction should take place without causing unnecessary damage to nature and the environment. At the same time, Metsähallitus aims to attract as many wind farm projects as possible to state-owned land, thus also improving the productivity of state property.
Development of wind power projects on state-own land is a commercial activity for Metsähallitus. Each project begins with a preliminary examination of whether or not the area is suitable for wind power generation. This is based on such aspects as initial wind speed data for the area, distance to the electricity grid, the road network, distance from settlement, known natural and environmental values etc. The relevant stakeholders within Metsähallitus are involved in the assessment of suitability.
If the area qualifies for further studies, the next steps are as follows:
- If the planned wind farm area is fully controlled by Metsähallitus and it is feasible for us to carry on with the project, we will do so. Metsähallitus subjects the project to a tendering process at the optimal time.
- If a reasonably large share of the planned wind farm area is controlled by Metsähallitus and continuing the project is not feasible for us, the project will be developed further in cooperation with the party controlling the neighbouring area. Metsähallitus strives to subject its share of the project to a tendering process at the optimal time.
- If only a small share of the planned wind farm area is controlled by Metsähallitus and it is not feasible for us to go further with the project, the area is set aside for the party controlling the neighbouring area under a reservation contract.
In all cases, Metsähallitus will hand over the construction rights under reservation and concession contracts that do not exclude other uses of the area, including recreation. Metsähallitus’ currently valid general terms and conditions will apply to the reservation contracts and the subsequent concession contracts. The pricing of the concession contracts will be in line with the market prices in the Finnish wind power market, which Metsähallitus monitors actively.