Our History

Founded in 1952, EPV Energy’s business concept is still as strong as ever: we procure competitive electricity for our owners, i.e. Finnish energy companies.

EPV Energy –70 years of responsible energy generation

Founded in 1952, EPV Energy’s business concept is still as strong as ever: we procure competitive electricity for our owners, i.e. Finnish energy companies.

EPV Energy’s roots lie in Ostrobothnia. The company was born as demand for electricity began to rise and concerns about the future of the region were raised. Several small power stations decided to join forces in their own joint energy company.

Since then, EPV Energy has expanded throughout Finland and abroad. In recent years, the Group has made a determined effort to achieve emission-free energy generation. Back in the mid-2000s, the company recognised that wind power is one of the most effective ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

 

In addition to being environmentally responsible, EPV Energy is known for its innovativeness and broad-mindedness. We are a forerunner in low-emission and renewable energy. At EPV Energy, we have greatly improved our range of energy generation, resulting in significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. And we aim to achieve carbon-neutral electricity generation by 2030. In 2020, the share of renewable sources in EPV Energy’s electricity generation was 44.3% and the share of emission-free sources 85.2%. EPV Energy has 70 years of experience in responsible energy generation, and now we continue to focus on emission-free generation with even greater determination and purpose.

Milestones along the way

2020

  • The thermal energy storage (TES) facility of the future was put into operation in Vaasa
  • EPV Teollisuusverkot Oy acquired the electricity grid in Tornio previously owned by Outokumpu
  • The work on EPV Energy’s fifth wind power plant is on schedule
  • The preparations for EPV’s sixth wind power plant have been started in Norrskogen, Närpes
  • Huge solar power project in the pipeline in South Ostrobothnia

2019

  • EPV Energy’s fifth industrial-scale wind farm is built in Teuva after EPV makes an investment decision to build 21 new 5.6 MW wind turbines in Paskoonharju.
  • The decision is made to put a massive underground energy reserve in operation in Vaskiluoto, Vaasa as a solution for storing thermal energy.

2018

  • The City of Vaasa and EPV Energy Ltd agree on real estate arrangements in Vaskiluoto.
  • Metsälä wind farm begins production and an Open Doors event is organised at the farm in September.
  • EPV Energy purchases the Seinäjoki power plant from Vaskiluodon Voima.

2017

  • EPV Energy makes an investment decision to build two 3.2 MW wind turbines in Paskoonharju, Teuva. A total of 23 wind turbines are planned for the Paskoonharju project area. In the first phase, two turbines are built on the site.
  • EPV Energy Ltd buys the entire share capital and other parts of the network of the electricity network company PVO-Alueverkot Oy, which belongs to the Pohjolan Voima Group.

2016

  • Santavuori wind farm begins production in July and an Open Doors event is organised at the farm in September.
  • EPV and SSAB’s associated company Raahen Voima launches its new power plant in Raahe.
  • The infrastructure works for the Metsälä wind power project are completed by the end of the year.

2015

  • EPV takes an investment decision on the construction of 17 wind turbines in Santavuori, Ilmajoki.
  • The Torkkola wind farm is officially opened in May.
  • The Röyttä wind power station in Tornio is extended with five new turbines.
  • EPV takes an investment decision on the construction of 34 wind turbines in Metsälä, Kristinestad. The Metsälä wind power station is estimated to start generating electricity by the end of 2017.

2014

  • EPV takes an investment decision on the construction of 16 wind turbines in Torkkola, Vaasa. It is the first industrial-scale wind farm in Ostrobothnia.
  • EPV and Rautaruukki establish an associated company called Raahen Voima Oy.
  • Three pylons in the sea area between the centre of Vaasa and Vaskiluoto are replaced with new landscape towers.
  • Energy generation using only wood chips is successfully tested for Vaskiluodon Voima’s power plant in Vaasa.

2013

  • The first biofuel gasification plant in the world is put into operation at the Vaskiluodon Voima power plant. Using a special fuel feed, a third of the coal can be replaced with wood chips.
  • Together with two other energy companies, EPV buys a significant share in Swedish hydropower. The deal involves seven hydropower plants in Central Sweden and is worth around EUR 600 million.
  • EPV obtains the necessary building permits for 16 wind turbines in Torkkola, Vaasa.

2012

  • EPV celebrates its 60th year in business by publishing its history in October in a book called Yhteistyöllä voimaa (Power through Cooperation).

2011

  • EPM Metsä is founded. The purpose of the company is to purchase wood energy for EPV’s own plants.
  • EPV decides to participate in the competition and design phase of the Olkiluoto 4 nuclear power plant project.

2010

  • Finland’s most energy-efficient wind power station is completed in Röyttä, Tornio. EPV’s share in Rajakiiri, the company that has built the power station, is 60% and its investment in it is EUR 40 million.

2009

  • EPV is part of a consortium of Finnish energy companies that buys Metsäliitto Group’s Vapo shares. The total price of the transaction is EUR 165 million.
  • The company’s name is changed from Etelä-Pohjanmaan Voima to EPV Energy.

2007

  • The company builds a CHP power plant next to the Outokumpu steel factory in Tornio. The plant costs EUR 40 million and has a capacity of 40 MW.

2006

  • EPV launches its wind power programme as a Finnish pioneer.

2005

  • One of the largest and most profitable deals in Finnish electricity trading comes to fruition when EPV’s affiliated company Rapid Power purchases a significant share in Norwegian hydropower.

2004

  • EPV doubles its ownership in Pohjolan Voima and becomes its fourth largest owner.

2003

  • An investment decision is made on the Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant. The company participates in the project with a 10% share.

1990-luku

  • The electricity market in Finland is opened to competition. At the same time, EPV’s ownership base begins to expand and become nationwide.

1980-luku

  • Vaskiluodon Voima shifts from oil to coal as a result of the oil crisis.

1970-luku

  • EPV joins Teollisuuden Voima as a partner, becoming involved in the construction of a nuclear power plant.

1960-luku

  • As electricity demand grows, EPV establishes a production company called Vaskiluodon Voima together with Pohjalan Voima.

1950-luku

  • Several municipal electricity companies join forces to establish Etelä-Pohjanmaan Voima (EPV) in 1952. In 1958, a coal-fired condensing power station – the largest in Finland at the time – is built in Vaskiluoto, Vaasa. The power station is not decommissioned until 1997.