Turkey touts ambitious renewable energy plans as it awards 1 GW of wind capacity
Turkey aims to increase the share of the domestic and renewable energy sources in the country’s electricity production to two-thirds by 2023, said Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez said at a recently held G20 ministerial meeting in Japan.
“Last month another wind auction for 1 gigawatt capacity was also successfully completed,” Donmez said during a session at the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth in 2019 in Nagano, according to a press release from Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Ministry.
Donmez said that Turkey needs to rely on energy efficiency, as well as renewable energy, fossil fuels and nuclear power technologies for a sustainable future, according to the press release.
He said that in 2017, Turkey became a member of “the 1 GW Club” of geothermal energy, adding that the goal is to exceed 2 GW by 2023.
“Our recently announced National Energy Efficiency Action Plan sets out actions to implement a reduction of 14% of primary energy consumption by 2023, via a strategy which includes around USD 11 billion of planned investment,” Donmez said.
Turkey also aims to benefit from vast coal reserves while paying “utmost importance” to the implementation of “clean coal technologies,” he was quoted as saying.
Donmez said that Turkey intends to include nuclear energy in its primary energy supply starting from 2023 by commissioning the first unit of Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant. Russia’s Rosatom is constructing Turkey’s first nuclear plant in the southern province of Mersin. The plant, comprising four units, each with a capacity of 1,200 megawatts, will meet about 10% of Turkey’s electricity needs.
“I would like to emphasize one more time that base load power sources such as nuclear and fossil fuels are necessary to increase utilization of intermittent renewable energy,” Donmez said and added, “Turkey values flexibility in natural gas as well. By building world-class LNG terminals including FSRUs, transmission and gas storage infrastructure investments, Turkey can provide flexibility to its region as well.”
He said that just like energy resources, energy innovation also needs diversification, to which end Turkey has launched a startup initiative to integrate artificial intelligence, IoT, cyber security, and electric mobility faster into its energy portfolio.
Enercon, Enerjisa win 1 GW in wind capacity
In late May, the Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Ministry awarded 1 GW to German turbine maker Enercon and Turkish energy group Enerjisa, Windpower Monthly reported.
The ceiling price for the tender was set at USD 55/MWh. Enerjisa secured the Canakkale tender with a bid of USD 36.7/MWh and Aydin with USD 45.6/MWh. Enercon won the Balikesir tender at a price of USD 35.3/MWh, and the Mugla tender at USD 40/MWh.
In the first Yeka tender, in August 2017, a consortium composed of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) and local firms Kalyon Enerji and Turkerler Holding won the right to build up to 1 GW in wind capacity at a price of USD 34.8/MWh.