TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY HELENE COLLIOPOU

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY HELENE COLLIOPOULOU — The blades of turbines on a wind farm catch the wind 10 August 2007 in front of Aegean Sea on Evia island, off the eastern coast of Greece. Under pressure from the European Union and the terms of the Kyoto Protocol to cut its current reliance on lignite (brown coal) for energy production, Greece has green-lighted several wind farm projects since January. The wind farms are expected to reduce a national energy deficit that currently forces Greece to import electricity from neighbouring countries, mainly Bulgaria and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, according to a recent report by the state Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE). AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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