Wind Seminar 1: When the world is facing turmoil, do we forget to put climate first?

Music Hall (Vaasa City Hall)
Tuesday 21 March
11:00 - 12:15

When the world is facing turmoil, do we forget to put climate first?

Welcome and opening remarks

Anni Mikkonen
CEO | Finnish Wind Power Association
Mrs Anni Mikkonen is the CEO of the Finnish Wind Power Association. Anni has been with the association over 14 years. During her time, the association as well as the importance of wind power in the Finnish energy sector has increased significantly. Anni, if someone, knows the Finnish wind market, it’s history and current development in detail. Anni holds masters’ degree in Environmental Science and in Economics.

EU wind installations up by a third despite challenging year for supply chain - what next?

Laura Casuscelli
Senior Competitiveness & Trade Advisor | WindEurope
Since end of 2021 Laura Casuscelli is WindEurope’s Senior Advisor for Trade and Competitiveness. Following an academic background in International Relations and Trade Economics, Laura is professionally based in Brussels since 2012. Prior to joining the wind energy sector, she has gained experience in EU trade policy at the European Commission and later as Senior trade analyst for the European mineral fertilizers sector.

How can we enhance Europe’s energy security?

Miapetra Kumpula-Natri
MEP | European Parliament
Miapetra Kumpula-Natri is a member of the European Parliament since 2014, working on energy, digitalization, fair use of data, and just transition. She is a member of Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), Vice-chair of D-US, the delegation for relations with the United States, as well as substitute on delegation for relations with Japan, Committee on International Trade and Committee on constitutional Affairs. She has also been a member of the Parliament of Finland and the City Council of Vaasa.

Renewable Energy Permitting in Finland – The Best Practices and Common Pitfalls

Klaus Metsä-Simola
Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd
Klaus heads Hannes Snellman’s Environment and Natural Resources practice, and he advises domestic and international clients on assignments related to project development and environmental laws. He is regularly involved in a wide range of energy and natural resources projects, and he has acted as a legal advisor in many environmental law related landmark court cases. Wind power development, solar PV, hydrogen projects, and mining are particular focal areas of Klaus’s expertise, and he has in-depth regulatory know-how and practical experience in these fields. Before joining Hannes Snellman in 2013, Klaus worked several years for the Ministry of the Environment and the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment.

Panel discussion and Q&A


Pohjanmaan Expo Oy

Mikael Lindholm

Sales, Pohjanmaan Expo Oy
tel: +358 40 138 4606

Riikka Perälä

Project Manager
tel: +358 400 969 549