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Wind energy to power 9 million homes in Central, Eastern Europe by 2020

CTBR Staff Writer Published 06 February 2013

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has predicted wind power to become a significant source of electricity generation in Central and Eastern Europe by the year 2020.

The association also said that the Turkish wind power generation capacity is poised to grow at an accelerated pace, in a report titled 'Eastern Winds.'

Analyzing the wind power markets in Central and Eastern European countries alongside Turkey, Ukraine and Russia, the report called for stable legislative framework in the country to facilitate the projected growth.

EWEA chief executive officer Christian Kjaer remarked that growth of wind energy generation in Central, Eastern Europe and Turkey will lower their dependence on fossil fuels.

"But some countries - such as the Czech Republic, Hungary and Bulgaria - are without stable renewable energy legislation, and investors and banks will withdraw unless governments put in place long-term renewable energy policies," added Kjaer.

The report outlines the plans by 12 new EU Member States in the region that plan to accelerate the wind power capacity to 16GW by 2020, up from the 6.4GW installed capacity at the end of 2012.

The increased capacity is expected to meet the energy requirements of nine million households.

Turkey plans to increase its wind power generation capacity from 2.3GW to 20GW by 2023 while Poland and Romania doubled capacity in 2012.