Finland Member Committee

Energiafoorumi ry


The Finnish Energy Council (FinnWEC) was founded in 1993 as a co-operation body for various companies and organisations in the energy sector. The aim of the Finnish Energy Council is to promote stable and economically sound development of the energy sector. In order to achieve this aim FinnWEC organises various events and activities. Co-operation activities include regular gatherings to discuss and debate topical issues as well as organisation of one of the biggest annual energy industry event – the National Energy fair. The Finnish Energy Council also provides prices indexes for heavy fuel oil and coal. In addition, Finnish Energy Council annually awards the best master’s thesis in fields of energy technology and energy economics. The Finnish Energy Council (FinnWEC) is a National Member Committee of the World Energy Council, WEC, and also co-ordinates other international activities of common interest.

Chair: Lauri Virkkunen

Lauri Virkkunen is the President and CEO of Pohjolan Voima Oy in Helsinki, Finland since 2010. Born in 1956 in Finland, Mr Virkkunen holds a MSc degree in engineering from Tampere University of Technology and a M.Sc. degree in business management from Vaasa University. After graduation he gained diverse experience in different positions in various industries. From 1981 he worked in the engineering and manufacturing industry for international companies including ABB and Metso. He has worked in the energy industry since 1998. He held several management positions in generation, distribution and sales at Vattenfall of Sweden before joining Pohjolan Voima in Finland. Mr Virkkunen is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the nuclear power company Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) and a Board Member in several other companies. He acted as the Chairman of the Executive Board of Finnish Energy Industries as well as a Board Member of the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK until 2012.

Secretary: Lauri Muranen

Mr Lauri Muranen is the secretary general of the Finnish Energy Council and an advisor for power generation at the Finnish Energy Industries group.