Turkey aims to produce more wind power

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"We aim to reach 20000 MWs installed capacity in wind power until 2023,” says Ataseven.

ANKARA - Turkey is aiming to supply 20 percent of its total energy demand from wind energy by 2023, according to Mustafa Serdar Ataseven, Chairman of the Turkish Wind Energy Association (TWEA) in Ankara.

"We aim to reach 20000 MWs installed capacity in wind power by 2023,” Ataseven told AA on Wednesday.

He said that Turkey broke its record by building wind farms with a capacity of 700MW per year in 2013, overall producing a total of 3000 MWs installed capacity in wind power so far.

Touching upon 2014 targets about the wind sector, Ataseven said that Turkey would increase to an annual capacity of around 800-1000 MWs, to reach a total of nearly 4000 MWs at the end of the year.

It is expected that 1.2 billion dollars will be invested into the wind sector this year and wind energy investments will be intensified in the Aegean Region of Turkey.

Sizable investments will also be made in the Izmir, Mugla, Manisa and Afyon provinces in 2014.

40 percent (1210 MW) of the installed capacity is located in the Aegean Region, and 35 percent (1054 MW) of the capacity is located in the Marmara Region for the operational wind power plant, according to the 2014 Turkish Wind Statistic Report.

Wind Statistics Report published by TWEA indicates that Balikesir province ranks first, with 712 MW; Izmir is the second, with 576; and Manisa is the third, with 366 MW of installed capacity in Turkey.

Turkey has over 61000 Megawatts (MWs) total installed capacity in electricity and it aims to reach 100000 MW levels by 2023.

Turkey aims to supply 30 percent of its total energy demand from renewable energy including wind, solar, hydro power etc.

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