Onshore and offshore wind farms are being connected to the Finnish electricity system in increasing numbers. Wind power is quick to build, and it generates energy without any fuel. Fingrid works with customers to ensure a trouble-free connection to the transmission network.
When Fingrid plans a transmission line route, a team of experts also assesses its impacts on the landscape. Landscape values can be associated with nature or the built environment and history. For example, a rapids or factory milieu may be a valuable site where the route selection is carefully considered.
The low rumble of an excavator breaks the silence of the riverbank at Tallikangas, in Vaala, Finland. Furrows one metre wide and half a metre deep criss-cross the field in a grid pattern, as excavation work enters its second day. The aim is to investigate whether the planned route for a 400 + 110 kilovolt transmission line runs through an archaeologically valuable area, perhaps containing remains of Stone-Age settlements.
The North Karelia main grid is located near Lake Pielinen. The Lieksanjoki River that flows into it and the Ala-Koitajoki River flowing into Pielisjoki River provide sites for landlocked salmon to reproduce naturally in Finland. Fingrid is one of the funders in the Saimaa landlocked salmon restoration project launched by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
Support for managing the landscape under transmission lines is available from Fingrid if certain criteria are met. The support encourages people to take action. The applicant can be a landowner, other private person or, for example, a recreational association.