FINLAND RENEWABLE INCENTIVES

In Finland, electricity from renewable energy sources is mainly promoted through a premium tariff. The tariff applies to electricity produced from wind, biomass and biogas. Additionally, investments in RES are supported through state subsidies. Access to the grid by electricity produced from renewable energy sources follows the principle of non-discrimination and electricity produced from RES is not given priority. The main support mechanism for heat produced from RES, is a “heat bonus” allocated to CHP plants working on biogas and wood fuel. The connection of a heat generation plant to the grid is market oriented and priority is not granted to heat produced from RES. In transport, the main incentive for renewable energy use is a quota system. FINLAND RENEWABLE INCENTIVES

In addition to the methods listed, there is a number of policies in place aiming to promote the development, installations and use of RES installations.

ELECTRICITY

Support schemes

In Finland, electricity from renewable sources is promoted through a premium tariff for electricity from wind, biomass and biogas. Apart from the tariff, Finland provides subsidies for investment and research projects. FINLAND RENEWABLE INCENTIVES

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Grid issues

In Finland, the use of the grids for the transmission of electricity from renewable sources is regulated by the general legislation on energy (Electricity Market Act – Sähkömarkkinalaki – 588/2013). There are no special provisions for electricity from renewable sources.

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Policies

In Finland state grants are made available to support research and development in the field of renewable energies. RES-H infrastructure development is supported through available investment subsidies. In other areas, such as the building sector and certification and training programmes, the development of specific regulatory measures is still in the process.

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HEATING AND COOLING

Support schemes

In Finland the main way through which heat produced from RES is promoted, is a “heat bonus” allocated to CHP plants working on biogas and wood fuel. In addition to that, various investment supports are made available. FINLAND RENEWABLE INCENTIVES

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Grid issues

There is no specific law regulating heating and cooling. This also means that in the case of heating and cooling grid access, grid use and grid development obligations are not regulated by law. The approach is market orientated, meaning that different heat providers are in competition with each other. In Finland the most common form of heating is district heating. District heating companies are supervised by general legislation like competition and consumer protection legislation and related authorities (Consumer Agency, Finnish Competition Authority and Energy Authority).

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Policies

In Finland state grants are made available to support research and development in the field of renewable energies. RES-H infrastructure development is supported through available investment subsidies. In other areas, such as the building sector and certification and training programmes, the development of specific regulatory measures is still in the process.

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TRANSPORT – MOBILITY

Support schemes

In Finland the main support scheme for renewable energy sources used in transport is a quota system. This system obliges fuel vendors to ensure that biofuels make up a define percentage of the company’s total annual sale of fuel. Furthermore, the use of biofuels is supported through tax regulation.

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Source and more information on: RES LEGAL

Further information

  • Työ- ja elinkeinoministeriö (TEM) – Ministry of Employment and the Economy
  • +358 29 506 0000
  • TEM website
  • Valtiovarainministeriö – Ministry of Finance
  • +358 295 16001
  • VM website
  • Maa- ja metsätalousministeriö – Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
  • +358 (0) 295 16 001
  • MMM website
  • TEKES – Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation
  • +358 101 914 80
  • TEKES website
  • Fingrid – transmission system operator
  • +358 303 955 000
  • Fingrid website
  • Elinkeino-, liikenne- ja Ympäristökeskus – Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
  • +358 29 502 1000
  • ELY website

FINLAND RENEWABLE INCENTIVES