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Turkey has raised its wind energy generation by only 506 MW, while its capacity is estimated at 40,000 MW, an international report says. DHA photo

Turkey has raised its wind energy generation by only 506 MW, while its capacity is estimated at 40,000 MW, an international report says. DHA photo

Turkey lags far behind developed countries when it comes to generating wind energy, while the world’s wind energy leaders, China and the United States, installed more than 13,000 megawatts (MW) of new capacity last year, according to statistics released by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

While Turkey last year increased its electricity generation from wind energy from 1,806 MW seen a year earlier to 2,312 MW with a 506 MW increase, it is still far from its goal of generating 20,000 MW from wind energy by 2023. It is estimated that Turkey has a technical capacity of 40,000 MW.

However, wind power plants benefit from state incentives in Turkey. If 55 percent of the materials used for plant construction are local, the state increases its guarantee of purchase by 30 percent. General Electric, one of world’s leading energy companies, has been in the process of carrying out works to build a local wind tribune in Turkey.

The world’s wind energy generation reached 282,482 MW last year with a 19 percent increase from the year before, as the top 10 wind energy generating countries made 85 percent of the total number. China remained on top of all countries with 75,564 MW by installing more 13,200 MW, followed by the U.S., which has a capacity of 60,007 MW. The European Union’s wind energy generation amounted to 105,000 MW in total.

Lack of tribune industry prevents wind energy generation

Turkey is at a disadvantage due to its lack of tribune manufacturing industry, said Tolga Bilgin, president of the Wind Power and Hydropower Plants Businessmen’s Association (RESSİAD). “Countries like Germany, China and India promote their own wind tribune industries and exports. Turkey’s all-installed power’s gain flies abroad [to other countries] because it does not have this industry,” he said.

The long permission process is also another obstacle against wind energy investments, he said. “First of all, the area must be declared a wind field. But 20 or 30 institutions are asked for their opinions,” he said, adding that the process lasts more than one year. Bilgin also said the permissions of General Staff and National Intelligence Service (MİT) have recently been required.


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Chris Green

3/7/2013 2:37:17 PM

Brit: I do not disagree with the visual aspect of wind farms however the figures I quoted are accurate for the project mentioned. Personally, I am not an advocate of wind energy per se. I am very much a voice for Waste to Energy and I have written several pieces on the subject too. I recently offered articles on the subject to Turkish Daily News but they have not given me the courtesy of a reply. my website is Turkish for 5 fingers media services (no gaps) co uk Hope you find it!

Brit in Turkey

3/6/2013 5:58:22 PM

Chris: At the moment electricity from wind is producing 1.75GW out of a total demand of 45.11GW (daylight and relatively warm in UK). At times it is less than 1.00GW. That is why I think that electricity from wind generation is useless. Add to this the sheer ugliness of the things planted in some of the most beautiful countryside. It is bad enough seeing electricity pylons. I personally think that nuclear is the only way to go, as they have in France. See a site run by gridwatch for the numbers.

Chris Green

3/5/2013 12:12:07 PM

Brit: I wish you were able to read the article I wrote on this subject last Friday. Obviously, TDN will not allow me to post a link or indeed my website to point you towards it. But are you aware that off the Kent coast, the London Array, which in phase one alone features 179 wind turbines, will produce 630 MWH whilst saving an estimated 900,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. This powers 5000 homes. But my article favours Waste to Energy and there are plants which can convert 2000 TPD to 200MWH each!

Turk Uzan

2/27/2013 7:40:26 PM

new solar energy technology will make it "far" better than these expensive and ugly turbines. We could place them on barren land.

Brit in Turkey

2/27/2013 7:00:26 PM

If a sheep farm breeds sheep, a cattle farm breeds cattle, a cereal farm grows cereals, does a "wind farm" produce wind?

Brit in Turkey

2/27/2013 6:58:28 PM

The photographer either used a very fast shutter speed or the sails are not moving. When will the world wake up to the fact that so could "wind farms" are useless. In the UK they only exist because of subsidies (higher electricity bills) and bribes to the landowners (farmers who can't be bothered to be farmers any more when the "bribes" are so high). They produce a minimal amount of reliable electricity and require normal power stations as back-up. In a strong wind they have to be shut down!

Suhail Shafi

2/27/2013 6:45:39 PM

I agree with the comment by cezer skoner. Turkey has huge wind energy potential - especially with its long coastline there is huge potential for offshore wind energy. Also, as a sunny country Turkey should be aiming to generate more of its energy from solar and wind.


2/27/2013 4:50:20 PM

Let me repeat: There is no escape from nuclear. Sooner the better and safer. Having said that, by all means invest in appropriate alternative energy. It can meet as high as 10-20% of our needs at best. Wind is a good one for Turkey, but keep in mind, the best places are also the most touristic ones, unlike Spain. That is the catch. Solar heating is best, but not photovoltaics, not in large scale. A solar cell still consumes more energy in its creation than it produces in its life time.

mara mcglothin

2/27/2013 4:29:33 PM

Aside from the wind blowing inside the government offices, there is plenty of wind in Turkey and I have often wondered why you don't see more pictures like the one above. The Asian side of the Bosporus would be an excellent locale for such an installation.

Rimon Tree

2/27/2013 12:35:18 PM

Not enough wind? Who would have thought that by so much hot air produced by the esteemed AKP!
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