Turkey plans to replace at least 80 percent of its current electricity meters with smart meters by 2035. It will cost EUR 4,3 billion (TRY 21 billion).
Turkey’s Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) and Association of Distribution System Operators (ELDER) set a plan for this transition. The main goal is to ensure the provision of more efficient usage and to reduce electricity losses and cuts.
The project Turkey Smart Grid 2023 (TAS2023) was presented at the 6th International Istanbul Smart Grids and Cities Congress and Fair (ICSG 2018), the local media reported.
Turkey has 21 electricity distribution companies and they were all analyzed so that their upgrade requirements could be determined. According to the roadmap, each company operating in their respective regions will determine their own needs related to smart meters upgrade.
The companies are required to submit their reports to the Energy Market Regulatory Authority by 2020. Based on individual requirements, the appropriate technology will be applied in each case. The more specific needs and applications of each distribution company will be outlined during the second phase of the project.
According to the roadmap presentation, distribution sector expects 50 million subscribers by 2035, or 80 percent of which will be able to access smart technology infrastructure.
Based on the roadmap, more integration of small-scale renewable energy generation projects into the grid will be enabled through smart technology.
Currently, there are 42.5 million meters in Turkey.