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VideoJanuary 17, 2013

Turkey: Energy Result Slideshow

In Turkey: Power from the Earth

The 12 giant turbines at this wind farm high above the Aegean produce enough energy for a quarter of a million households a year.

Turkey is, relatively speaking, windy, especially along the coasts. Wind power provides about two percent of Turkey's energy.

But, with support from the World Bank, the country is expanding its public and private investment in sustainable, clean energy.

Water power already provides for about twenty three percent of the country's energy needs.

This dam, on the Sakharia River, has been producing power for a year, about enough for 20,000 households a day.

Muharrem Balat, a Turkish entrepreneur, owns Dora I and Dora II, two geothermal plants named after his 12 year old granddaughter.

The Doras' power comes from boiling hot water buried a kilometer and a half underground, which creates high pressure gas to power turbines and send energy to Turkey's grid.

Geothermal currently produces .03 percent of Turkey's energy, but the Doras' owner sees plants like this as key to Turkey's energy security, helping the country be less reliant on foreign energy.

Nearby, the geothermal energy produced by the Doras heats this tomato greenhouse, which employs about 40 local women.

This woman runs a coffee shop in a tiny farming village. She relies on energy to power her lights and TV. She says without energy, her life and her business would stop dead.

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