To obtain concrete data on the benefits of offshore wind power in Åland, Ilmatar Offshore has commissioned a comprehensive socio-economic study to analyze its effects on the local community. Ramboll Finland, a highly reputable actor with experience in similar projects focused on fossil-free energy production, is conducting the study.
“We have observed references to numerous sources and figures that are becoming increasingly irrelevant as the project develops. We are seeking updated and well-founded information regarding how the development of offshore wind power benefits Åland. That’s why we have commissioned this study to investigate current data,” states Anna Häger, regional manager at Ilmatar Offshore.
The socio-economic study is based on Ilmatar’s project areas, Stormskär and Väderskär, situated in the Åland Sea region. The results will encompass the direct and indirect economic effects on Åland and the surrounding regions, spanning the entire project lifecycle from planning and design to operation, maintenance, and decommissioning. Furthermore, the study will examine employment effects across various industries, the impact on regional livability, and different forms of taxation such as municipal tax, income tax, corporate tax, property tax, and production tax.
Ramboll’s approach is built upon a resource flow model developed in collaboration with Sitra, Ramboll Finland, and the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) during 2013-2015. Since then, the model has been refined and utilized for several comparable large-scale projects. Anna Häger expresses great satisfaction with the partnership with Ramboll.
“At Ilmatar, we follow our customary approach of building from the bottom up. Through the extensive investigations we have conducted, we now possess sufficient data to create realistic forecasts, similar to the one we are currently awaiting from Ramboll. Our business model is centered around being fully committed to a project from beginning to end. We aim to collaborate with Åland and generate long-term benefits, which is why these types of investigations are crucial to us,” explains Häger.
Christian Pleijel, senior advisor at Ilmatar Offshore, is responsible for overseeing the investigation:
“For many years, I have been focused on exploring the most effective methods to ensure the vitality and resilience of islands when pursuing comprehensive societal development. I have conducted such research both at the Åland and EU levels. Given the scale of these projects, it is unsurprising that people inquire about job opportunities for Åland companies and residents. Will new companies and job types emerge? We are now seeking updated figures to address these questions.”
“The material we are currently producing will serve as inspiration for other regions encountering similar developments. Once again, the Åland model will be highlighted as an exemplar of sustainability and a testament to our commitment to transitioning towards green energy,” adds Häger.
The results of Ramboll’s socio-economic study are anticipated to be available in September.