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Hot weather triggers air-conditioner usage record in Turkey

KAYSERİ - Doğan News Agency | 8/8/2010 12:00:00 AM |

Extremely hot weather and industrial consumption pushed Turkey’s air-conditioner usage to 700 million kilowatt-hours on Friday.

Extremely hot weather and industrial consumption pushed Turkey’s air-conditioner usage to 700 million kilowatt-hours on Friday, according to Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yıldız.

Speaking in the Melikgazi district of Kayseri, a city in Central Anatolia, Yıldız said that this was an all–time in Turkey’s energy use. According to this figure, Turkey paid 105 million Turkish Liras for those 700 million kWh of electricity, each of which is priced at nearly 15 kuruş.

Turkey broke a record for the first time by consuming 700 million kWh of energy from 34,000 megawatts of installed power, Yıldız said.

“Monthly increases have exceeded 13.6 percent,” Yıldız said. “This energy consumption record is growing out of air-conditioner usage provoked by extremely high temperatures and industrial production.”

Noting that the country experienced the highest energy-consumption rate in its entire history Friday, Yıldız added that this was nearly 34,000 megawatts of power. “We should mention this record level as a symbol,” he said.

“This figure showed us that Turkey has overcome the economic crisis experienced last year. I can say that this energy consumption figure symbolizing Turkey’s growth will improve more,” the minister said.

During his speech, Yıldız also gave a message to the Turkish people: “Concerning electricity theft, I am warning for the last time those who are stealing electricity. I am also warning illegal electricity usage in agricultural areas.”

“Please use your electricity but then pay for it,” he said. “The prevention of illegal electricity usage is quite important for the development of the country.”

“To be able to offer services for all the people living in Turkey, illegal electricity usage should be prevented,” Yıldız added. “Turkey and the energy sector are growing in parallel with this situation. I am reiterating all these things for the healthy growth of the country.” 

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