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Cablegate: Finland to Send a Strong Delegation to Wirec

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OES FOR WIREC ACTION GROUP LEADER STAN SPECHT AND OES
SPECIAL ASSISTANT CAMILLE HILL

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OPDC, FI
SUBJECT: FINLAND TO SEND A STRONG DELEGATION TO WIREC

REF: SECSTATE 00559

1. (SBU) Econoff delivered the formal invitation for the
Washington International Conference on Renewal Energy (WIREC)
to Mr. Henri Backman, Senior Advisor to the Minister in
Finland's newly-created super Ministry of Employment and the
Economy. A strong advocate of renewable energy sources,
Minister of the Economy Mauri Pekkarinen plans to attend
WIREC with a delegation of senior officials who cover energy
issues for the Government of Finland. According to Backman,
Minister Pekkarinen would welcome an opportunity to speak on
either R&D or Agriculture/Rural Development topics during the
conference.

2. (U) Finland already generates approximately 25 percent of
its energy from renewable resources (85 percent from
bioenergy ) mostly wood) and this figure is expected to rise
to 35 percent during the next decade. The GOF is also
aggressively funding biofuel R&D projects that will hopefully
help Finland decrease its greenhouse gas emissions while
further diversifying its overall energy mix.

3. (SBU) Anticipated GOF delegates to WIREC:

Mr. Mauri Pekkarinen, Minister of the Economy

Mr. Mikko Alkio, State Secretary, Ministry of Employment and
the Economy

Mr. Taisto Turunen, Director General, Energy Department,
Ministry of Employment and the Economy
Ms. Sirkka Vilkamo, Deputy Director General, Head of
Renewables and Energy Efficiency Division, Ministry of
Employment and the Economy

Mr. Henri Backman, Senior Advisor to the Minister, Ministry
of Employment and the Economy

4. (SBU) The Department might also consider sending WIREC
invitations to the following private sector officials
representing leading renewable energy companies in Finland:

Ms. Arja Koski
Fortum Corporation
P.O. Box 1
FI-00048 FORTUM
Finland

Mr. Juha Poikola
Pohjolan Voima Oy
Toolonkatu 4, P.O. Box 40
FI-00101 Helsinki
Finland

Mr. Matti Hilli
Vapo Oy
P.O. Box 22
FI-40101 Jyvaskyla
Finland

Mr. Jukka Leskela and Mr. Jari Kostama
Energiateollisuus ry
Finnish Energy Industries
P.O. Box 100
FI-00101 Helsinki
Finland

Mr. Stefan Sundman
Metsateollisuus ry
Finnish Forest Industries Federation
P.O. Box 336
FI-00171 Helsinki
Finland

Ms. Tellervo Kyla-Harakka-Ruonala
Elinkeinoelaman Keskusliitto ry
Confederation of Finnish Industries, EK
P.O. Box 30
FI-00131 Helsinki
Finland

Mr. Pekka-Juhani Kuitto
Suomen Bioenergiayhdistys ry
Bioenergy Association of Finland, FINBIO
Vapaudenkatu 12
FI-40100 Jyvaskyla
Finland


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Mr. Jaakko Silpola
Turveteollisuusliitto ry
Association of Finnish Peat Industries
Vapaudenkatu 12
FI-40100 Jyvaskyla
Finland
HYATT

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