Miniseminar 21.5.2019: How to improve the local acceptance of renewable energy – what can we learn from Denmark?

The presentation materials are available – see below!
Time: Tuesday 21.5.2019 at 9:30-11:00 am
Place: GE Building, Kuortaneenkatu 2, 00510 Helsinki, Finland

In Denmark, 45% of the electricity is produced with wind power. In Finland the same figure is 7%. How it has been possible to build so much wind power in a small country like Denmark?

Welcome to this miniseminar to learn: How we can improve the local acceptance of renewable energy projects?


9:30 Opening words and welcome!
Managing Director Ilkka Aaltio & Development Manager Evilina Lutfi, Green Net Finland

9:35 What is community energy? Why and how municipalities and citizens should participate in the energy transition? Overview of community energy in Finland (presentation available in SlideShare)
Researcher Salvatore Ruggiero, Aalto University

9:50 Reasons for local acceptance of wind power: lessons from the Danish Energy Islands Samsø & Ærø (presentation available in SlideShare)
Researcher Henner Busch, Lund University

10:05 Success story from Denmark: Citizen participation and investments to renewable energy in the heart of the municipality’s climate programme (presentation available in SlideShare)
Head of Climate & Energy Morten Westergaard, Municipality of Middelfart, Denmark

10:20-11:00 Discussion: How can we increase the local acceptance of renewable energy technologies in Finland? Panelists:

  • CEO Jukka Kajan, Joukon Voima
  • CEO Anni Mikkonen, Suomen Tuulivoimayhdistys
  • CEO Heikki Peltomaa, wpd Finland
  • Professor of environmental conflict resolution Lasse Peltonen, University of Eastern Finland

Moderator of the panel discussion: Researcher Salvatore Ruggiero, Aalto University

Seminar chair: Stakeholder Relations Director Karoliina Auvinen, Smart Energy Transition, Aalto University

This event was organized by the CO2mmunity and Smart Energy Transition projects. More information: Karoliina Auvinen,, +358 504624727

This was an official EU Green Week 2019 partner event. #EUGreenWeek