Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez said that “Turkey produced 66% of its electricity from local and renewable resources in the first five months of 2020.”
Dönmez wrote on Twitter that “We continue to reap the fruits of our long-term investments”. Turkey aims to fully utilize local and renewable energy resources efficiently to support its development and to decrease dependence on energy imports.
He stated that “Last year Turkey’s electricity production from local and renewable resources stood at 62%.”
“On May 24, Turkey recorded an all-time daily record as local and renewable resources accounted for 90% of the country’s electricity generation.”, the minister added
On May 24, hydro plants constituted the largest portion at 43.7%, while local coal plants contributed 16.5% to electricity generation. Wind plants powered 14.5% and solar plants constituted 7.2%. Geothermal and biomass plants added 5.3% and 2.6% individually.
“The target is clear: Much more local, and much more renewable,” Dönmez asserted.
The share of each resource out of the 66% total: 34.3% was generated from hydroelectricity, 13.8% from local coal, 8.8% from wind, 3.6% from geothermal, 3.5% from solar, 1.8% from biomass and 0.2% from other sources, the minister detailed.
Dönmez recently said that around 70% of Turkey’s additional capacity in the last 5 years had come from domestic and renewable energy resources.
Turkey’s renewable energy capacity of 42 GW is predicted to reach 63 GW by 2024, placing Turkey among Europe’s top five and 11th worldwide in terms of renewable capacity, according to data from the International Energy Agency (IEA).