Wind power 'taking off in central and eastern Europe'

06 Jul 2010
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Wind power is becoming increasingly popular in countries such as Turkey, a new report has revealed.

According to market research group Frost & Sullivan, this form of renewable energy is being widely adopted in central and eastern Europe.

Turkey was described as the second biggest market for wind power in the area, as the sector has enjoyed an "impressive" rate of growth in the last few years.

Indeed, figures showed that it doubled in size during 2006 and then expanded three-fold in 2007 and 2008.

However, Frost & Sullivan noted that wind energy still has a long way to go to be effective in Turkey, as it accounts for just 0.5 per cent of the country's total energy consumption.

"As Turkey's electricity demand increases and its prospect of joining the EU becomes a reality, the importance of developing renewable energy markets is being realised," it added.

This comes after Alberto Cena of the Spanish Wind Power Association told the Anatolia news agency there is big potential for wind energy in Turkey.

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