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Published on : Feb 23, 2015

Turkey is seeking to reduce its dependence on imported energy. Hence, it has undertaken an ambitious wind power target. This need for rising demand for power in Turkey is in a sustainable fashion and also in alignment with the European Union’s directive for renewable energy.

Turkey is a part of the European Union, and the action plan for this country is a direct manifestation of the commitment to EU targets set for renewable energy and its accession. According to this document, the government of Turkey has confirmed to aim and bring the country’s installed wind power capacity to 20 giga watts by the end of the year 2023. This is the time horizon for the action plan which is solely done through the wind power farms.

In addition to this Turkey has also planned for 34 giga watts of hydropower, and 5GW of solar power and 1 giga watts power each for geothermal energy and biomass energy.

According to Taner Yildiz, the Energy Minister renewable energy is one of the key elements of the policy and also the strategy which will help to shape Turkey’s energy agenda. Nevertheless, the renewable energy program is seen accounting to around 127.3 T Wh or around thirty per cent of the total 424 T Wh power consumption prediction for the country by the year 2023.

These wind farms are expected to create 50 T Wh of electricity or around 11.8 per cent of the total power consumption for the year, along with an average capacity for the facilities of 28.5%

The action plan by Turkey also acknowledges its wind power targets are a challenge. According to the country’s cumulative installed capacity for wind power of 3,763 mega watts at the end of 2014, which will be by 804 mega watts from the previous year which means an average of 1.8 gega watts will be added every year till 2023.