Turkey Started to Grow in Renewable Energy Consumption

Turkey Started to Grow in Renewable Energy Consumption. While the ratio of renewable energy sources in total energy consumption was 14 percent in EU countries, it was 10 percent in Turkey.

According to the information compiled from the data of the European Statistical Office (EUROSTAT) and the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK), renewable energy sources were used the most in Norway and Sweden in 2012, and the least in Malta, Luxembourg, England and the Netherlands. The ratio of renewable energy sources in total energy consumption in the EU was 14 percent. The said rate was 10 percent in Turkey.

It is planned that 2020 percent of the energy need in Europe will be supplied from renewable sources by 20. Norway and Sweden are among the countries that use renewable energy sources the most.

It is noteworthy that Sweden, Bulgaria and Estonia reached their 2020 renewable energy use targets in 2012.

The countries with the lowest ratio of renewable energy sources in total energy consumption are Malta, Luxembourg, England and the Netherlands.

“If the technology of the sun develops, the era will change”

Sureyya Yücel Özden, Head of the Energy Business Council of the Foreign Economic Relations Board, stated that she believes that Turkey will achieve its goals in renewable energy and said, “You need to prepare beforehand to gain distance. Turkey is a little late in turning to renewable energy sources. We are living in the beginning years in this regard," he said.

Pointing out that especially wind and water investments are of great importance for Turkey to reach its target of 2023 percent in renewable energy for 30, Özden said, “I hope technology will develop for the sun. If it develops, even the age changes. There is no need for oil and natural gas, but this technology does not exist yet. Turkey has water and wind in its hands,” he said.

Underlining that the energy need is determined by demand, Özden emphasized that it is necessary to determine today how Turkey's energy demand, which is expected to increase to 2023 billion kilowatt-hours in 450, will be met. Explaining that wind and water investments can meet a certain part of this need, Özden continued his words as follows:

“In the period after 2023, 90 thousand megawatts of installed power is required in Turkey. We need to look for the answer by being realistic. This cannot happen only with HEPP and RES, their capacities are very low. Turkey has chosen the free market mechanism in energy, so it is difficult to make predictions about investments. We do not know the investment decisions of the private sector, it needs to see a profit so that it can invest. Currently, the private sector is showing a lot of interest in wind. Great strides were made in HEPP, but we see that people reject it in some regions. In this case, the state will say (I give priority to the private sector, but if it does not invest, I will also invest in electricity)”

On the other hand, it is aimed to meet 2023 percent of the energy consumption in Turkey with renewable energy sources until 30, and an energy investment of approximately 130 billion dollars is foreseen for this.

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Source : echo detail

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