Finland's new centre-left government under Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen is pledging to boost support for renewables with the aim of greening 40% of the country's electricity by 2016, up from 25% today. Wind, it says, will play a major role. Further investment in nuclear may also be needed. "This government will pay more attention to wind and renewable energy, but it may also be difficult to achieve new energy and environment policy goals without giving serious consideration to a sixth reactor," says new environment minister Paula Lehtomäki. For the wind industry, the government is planning a new framework to encourage state and private sector investment, with standard offer power purchase contracts looking the most likely option for now. The government is also pledging to raise environmental and energy taxes and conduct an intensified energy efficiency campaign.
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