A Policy Proposal for Effective Energy Management
Effective energy management is the key to achieving national objectives and sustainability goals for governments depending on international policies. A reasonable energy management should be cost-effective, environmentally sensitive and aim to optimize the use of available resources. Fossil-based resources are not enough to meet the rapidly growing energy need. Some urgent measures should be taken against the rapid depletion of fossil fuels. In this context, it is necessary to investigate alternative energy sources. Renewable energy sources are seen as one of the most important alternative energy sources. The geographical location of Turkey provides a great advantage in renewable energy sources. However, there are some obstacles to the use of renewable energies such as market structure, political and legal regulations, the intermittent nature of renewable resources and the financial burden on technological investments. A proper energy policy should be developed considering all these factors. Research and development activities continue for new alternative energy sources. Given the diversity in the energy portfolio, new trends for alternative sources such as nuclear power plant, shale gas, wave and tidal energy are expanding. This study proposes an appropriate policy for effective energy management using some statistical tools and evaluates the current situation to reveal the future energy situation.
KeywordsEnergy management Alternative energy resources Sustainability Renewable energy
This research was supported by Istanbul Technical University Scientific Research Projects Unit (ITU/BAP) (Project no. 39617).
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