Feb 29 - BBC Monitoring European
Turkey aims to make more use of renewable energy resources by 2023, according to a research of Energy and Natural Resources Ministry.
Turkey, which continues efforts to construct nuclear power plant, aims to use 36,000 MW hydroelectric, 20,000 MW wind, 3,000 MW solar, 600 MW geothermal, 2,000 MW biomass energy by 2023.
Thus, Turkey aims to raise its 53.3 MW energy to 61,600 MW by 2023. Turkey can produce 229.9 billion kWh electricity p.a. in such a case.
Turkey's renewable energy resource potential is around 136,600 MW. However, Turkey uses only 13.6 per cent of its domestic renewable energy resources.
The country's electricity consumption reached 229.3 billion kWh in 2011, and this figure is expected to reach 500 billion kWh by 2023. This means that Turkey can only meet half of its consumption only if it uses all its hydroelectric, wind, solar, geothermal and biomass potential.
According to Electricity Energy Market and Supply Safety Strategy Document, Turkey aims to drop natural gas' share in electricity production to 30 per cent but raise renewable energy resource share to 30 per cent by 2023.