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Wind energy key for Turkey’s power demand

Turkey must exploit its huge wind energy resources if it wants to meet its increasing power demand.

This conclusion was reached at a workshop on integrating wind power in Ankara organised by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) in cooperation with the Turkish Wind Energy Association (TWEA/TÜREB),

Turkey’s installed wind capacity tripled during 2007 from 50 MW to almost 150 MW. It tripled again during 2008 to reach 433 MW, and by the end of 2009 it had almost doubled to 801 MW. Moreover, the Turkish Government announced a 30% objective for renewable energy by 2023 with plans to push wind energy up to 20 GW of installations for the same year.

“With an average growth in power demand of 8% each year, this means that if the 20,000 MW target is met, wind power will cover one fifth of Turkey’s power demand by 2023,” says Christian Kjaer, Chief Executive of EWEA.

“Wind is clean, indigenous and above all can start producing power quickly – crucial for a country whose power demand is soaring. With huge wind energy potential, ambitious government targets and a recent track-record of rapid wind energy growth, Turkey could be one of the future wind energy movers and shakers, but numerous administrative hurdles must be overcome to attract more investments and manufacturing to the country.”

According to the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Turkey has wind potential to produce 160 TWh (48 GW) of electricity, which is twice the current electricity consumption.

“Wind power is an opportunity for Turkey, and Turkey offers a market opportunity to wind energy investors and developers,” says Murat Durak, Chairman of TÜREB.

“However, in order to exploit this potential, permitting procedures must be optimised and the government must put in place a legal framework that offers stability and certainty to those who want to invest for the next 15 years. With such conditions Turkey will get enormous benefits in terms of energy security, jobs and economic growth,” he concludes.

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