Greenpeace International and the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) scored a small public relation success for wind energy in December when they were given time with the Turkish Prime Minister, Bulent Ecevit. Ecevit "expressed interest" in the potential of wind power and its development in other countries, and then arranged a meeting for the two organisations with Turkey's energy minister, reports Karl Mallon of Greenpeace. Ecevit was particularly impressed with a paper presented by a researcher, Tanay Sidki Uyar from the University of Kocaeli, that Turkey - which currently has about 10 MW of operating wind power capacity - has the best wind potential in Europe. "If the right political steps are taken, it would be realistic to install 20,000 MW of wind energy in Turkey by the year 2020, twice the amount of the planned nuclear capacity," according to Uyar. Greenpeace and EWEA had arranged the meeting as a promotion of their report, "Wind Force 10: A Blueprint to achieve 10% of the world's electricity from wind power by 2020." Turkey has otherwise recently planned to develop 10,000 MW of new nuclear power.
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