Wind turbines in central and eastern Europe may power 9 million homes by the end of this decade if local governments take steps to encourage investments, the European Wind Energy Association said in a study.

Twelve nations in the region including Poland and Romania plan to raise installed wind power capacity to 16 gigawatts by 2020 from 6.4 gigawatts at the end of 2012, EWEA said today in an e-mailed statement. Turkey seeks to increase capacity to 20 gigawatts from 2.3 gigawatts now within the next decade.

Companies such as General Electric Co. (GE) and Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS) are seeking to tap sales in emerging markets in Eastern European nations, which are adding generation capacity while driving down carbon emissions.

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