Risto Paldanius

Energy Americas, Wärtsilä

Vice President

Risto Paldanius brings 20 years of experience from different fields of the power generation industry—at Pöyry as a consultant and project manager, at General Electric conducting Energy Services sales in North Europe, and Fortum as a Key Account Manager for the largest industrial Finnish electricity consumers. He’s worked at Wärtsilä Energy Solutions the past nine years as Head of Advisory Services, conducting power system and feasibility studies, then as the Europe & Africa Area lead, and most recently leading the Energy Storage and Optimisation Business Development and Proposal teams. Now as VP, Americas, he leads the Americas regions for Wärtsilä Energy. Risto has a Master of Science degree in power plant engineering from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland.

Sessions With Risto Paldanius

Thursday, 10 March

  • 11:20am - 12:10pm (CST) / 10/mar/2022 05:20 pm - 10/mar/2022 06:10 pm

    Valuing Flexibility & Firm Capacity in the Power System: Battery, gas, or others?

    Panel Power & Renewables

    The looming retirement of much of the nation's coal fleet combined with electrification-driven load growth is focusing attention on the need for firm resources. At the same time, the influx of intermittent renewables is increasing net load volatility and creating a need for fast-ramping flexible resources. Utilities across the country are wrestling with how to meet these needs by investing in portfolios that balance affordability, reliability, and climate. More often than not, the choice comes down to batteries or gas. What role will batteries and gas play in a decarbonizing power sector? Are they complements or competitors? What other resources can provide these services?