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Energy Policy

The Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources revealed its new 2019 - 2023 Strategic Plan (only available in Turkish) in May 2020, which puts a strong focus on expanding the use of coal and hydropower in the country, while other renewables (solar and wind) remain underutilized. The Ministry has set a target to add an additional 3,746 MW of energy from hydropower plants by 2023, while coal power production should reach 4,460 MW by 2023.

The former plan, 2015-2019 Strategic Plan, of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MENR) set out overarching targets for the security of supply, the use of energy saving measures and natural energy sources. In total, 8 themes, 16 goals and 62 objectives were laid out and should all be implemented while considering aspects of environmental, economic and social sustainability. The main priorities included the promotion of domestic energy sources, the improvement of the investment environment including support of the private sector and overall research and development. Some objectives included:

  • natural gas storage capacity should meet 20% of the annual consumption in the long-term
  • electricity generation from domestic coal shall be increased to 60 billion kWh annually by the end of the planning period
  • domestic oil production should cover 13.6% of consumption
  • share of natural gas in electricity generation should be reduced to 38% by the end of the planning period
  • reduction of losses and rate of illegal consumption in electricity distribution to 10%
  • energy efficiency in central and district buildings#of the MENR and selected governmental buildings will be increased by 20% (base year 2013)

Last update: 03 2021