At the annual Turkish Wind Energy Congress, which was held on 2 November, 2016, the progress achieved by the country's renewable energy sector has been summarized.
In recent years the country has demonstrated the effective use of renewable energy sources, it is an example for other countries in the region and seeks to become the center for the development of renewable energy from North Africa to the Middle East.
Evaluating the development of wind power with this country, it is worth noting that in the latest report of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) “Global Wind Report: Annual Market update” Turkey made it to the top ten countries that showed the biggest increase in the world output of wind farms in 2015.
Having closed last year with a total installed capacity of 4.7 GW, the government announced that they now have plans to install “not less than 1 GW per year”. Moreover, by the start of the Wind Energy Congress, Turkey had announced its readiness to develop the wind energy sector more actively, which resulted in a doubling of the original planned value.
Representatives of WindEurope (European Wind Energy Association) took part in the Turkish Congress on 2 November. Giles Dixon, the Executive Director of WindEurope, spoke at the event, welcoming the confident commitment on the part of the Turkish Government to build wind farms in the country, where the total installed capacity today is about 5.3 GW and by 2023 will increase to 20 GW, “It would be great if more countries in Europe had the same level of ambition in this area as in Turkey.” Giles Dickson commented on the current situation with the uncertainty in the forecasts for the wind energy market in Europe: “Only 7 of the 28 EU member states have clear objectives regarding renewable energy after 2020”.
In his speech, the Executive Director of WindEurope said, “All the new capacity in Turkey will also have an effective government support: in the form of the existing tariff policy in the field of renewable energy, as well as in the form of open bidding system. In order to implement projects with the price fixed for 15 years, it is necessary to involve companies through an open bidding process, only then will they be able to offer a price even lower than the current feed-in tariff.”
The Head of Energy Commission of the Turkish Parliament, Zia Altunyaldyz, assured the participants of the Congress that they have plans for further expansion of wind energy capacity, “Turkey will meet the set goal for 20 GW of wind power capacity by 2023. The development of wind power is of great importance in order to maintain economic growth. It is formed by two political priorities of Turkey: the use of local resources to improve the country's energy security and the development of industrial potential of the Turkish know-how in this sector, which can be exported to other countries in the region.”