Over 2,000 MW of new installed power in first half of 2015: Energy minister
ANKARA - Anadolu Agency
AA photoA total of 2,084 megawatts (MW) of new installed power capacity came online in the first half of the year for around 10 billion Turkish Liras ($3.6 billion) of investment, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız has said.
Almost all of the new installed power was produced from renewable sources, he said.
“This is specifically very good news for Turkey,” Yıldız added.
“The results of the first six months are very parallel to our previously defined targets… With the new facilities coming online, Turkey’s installed power capacity increased by 3 percent in the first half of the year to 71,605 MWs compared to the same period of 2014. The number of power plants increased to 1,234 by 9.5 percent in the first six months of the year from the same period of the previous year. While electricity production increased by 2.9 percent in the first half of the year, consumption increased by 2.5 percent over the same period,” he said.
The largest increase in power generation capacity was seen in hydroelectric energy with 1,413 MWs of new installed power, followed by wind power with 395 MWs and thermal power with 165 MWs, Yıldız said.