Turkey has re-examined its 2023 renewable energy goal by adding steps to increase the share of clean energy in the country’s total electricity production, from 31 percent to more than 50 percent.

In May 2018, the Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Administration (EMRA) stated that the country’s electricity production capacity had increased by 181 percent over the past 15 years from 32,000 megawatts to 90,000 megawatts.

The share of clean energy in Turkey’s total electricity production was 46 percent in May, up from 30 percent, the administration said.

In 2013, according to Turkey’s national renewable energy plan, renewable energy accounted for 29 percent of total electricity production in the country, and the country’s total clean energy was 40 percent.

After 31 per cent of renewable electricity production in August 2018, the Turkish authorities took concrete steps to review their renewable energy targets for 2023.

On August 3, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a 100-day plan to develop the domestic energy sector through local energy resources including solar, wind and geothermal.

As part of the plan, Turkey is seeking to use more renewable energy resources through a series of bids for solar power plants with a total capacity of 3 GW and an estimated investment of $ 4.8 billion.

Turkey is also planning to push its solar and wind power capacity by 10,000 megawatts each in the next decade through renewable energy resource tenders.

Turkey’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources will receive tender requests until October 23 for one of the world’s largest wind power plants with a capacity of 1,000 and 200 megawatts, the first of its kind in Turkey.

The ministry will soon begin evaluating applications for entry into the consortium of companies operating in the wind power station, which will be located and the date of its subsequent start. The ceiling of the price of one megawatt hour in the tender was set at eight dollars.

Part of the tender states that the winning investor, who will offer the lowest bid, will sign an energy purchase agreement with Turkey’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources for the first 50 terawatt hours of electricity production since the plant began operation.

The tender requires 60% of the equipment production to be locally, and 80% of the project engineers should be Turkish nationals.

Last March, the cities of Saros and Gallipoli, located in the Marmara Sea region, and Kyi Koi city in the territory of Turkey, were nominated as potential sites for the construction of the plant.

Serhat Chechin, head of Turkey’s Electricity Distribution Services (ELDER), said about $ 23 billion had been allocated to the privatization and distribution of electricity over the past decade.

It allocated $ 13 billion for distribution and retail, and allocated $ 10 billion to privatize power plants.

Despite energy sector spending, Turkey attaches importance to energy efficiency and aims to provide $ 30.2 billion by 2033 thanks to a national energy efficiency plan announced in April.

The plan includes 55 measures to develop energy efficiency in a number of sectors such as industry, transport, construction, agriculture, power generation and manufacturing.

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