Turkey is at the crossroads of several volatile,, strategically and economically important regions, including the awkward triangle of the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus. With a young and growing population, low per capita electricity consumption, rapid urbanization and strong economic growth, Turkey, for nearly two decades. has been one of the fastest growing power markets in the world. Domestic energy consumption accounts for 37% of total energy consumption. The Turkish Government's investment needs in the energy sector for the period 2000-2010 will be around 55 billion US dollars. Of this, about 81% is total planning investments. Turkey has to adopt new long term energy strategies to reduce the share of fossil fuels in the primary energy consumption. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.