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Tapping the Potential: Turkey and Renewable Energy Sources

  • Wietze LiseEmail author
  • Banu Bayramoğlu-Lise
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Abstract

One of the biggest challenges facing the modern world is competition and conflict over the sharing of energy resources within the international system. Energy security challenges among the nations have emerged as a result of the unequally distributed fossil fuel resources around the world. Tapping the Renewable Energy Source (RES) potential is becoming critically significant in the face of depletion of conventional energy sources and their negative impact on the environment. Therefore, as a geopolitically important actor, Turkey has set some RES targets for 2023 and tries to achieve these targets with supportive regulations and legislation to raise its standards to European Union levels. Firstly, this chapter presents the RES potential and the current level of RES development in Turkey. Furthermore, it also discusses various impediments against the rapid progress of RES investments and reaching the RES targets in Turkey. Overall, we conclude that Turkey has a remarkable economic RES potential, which is largely untapped both in Turkey but also elsewhere around the world. This is mainly due to various barriers, such as lengthy administrative procedures, stop on license provision observed in various instances and economic issues. Therefore, in the current situation, it seems that the 2023 targets can be reached only if hard and consistent work and policies are continued in Turkey.

Keywords

Renewable energy Turkey Targets Green technologies Power sector 

Abbreviations

BP

British Petrol

EIA

Energy Information Administration

EMRA

Energy Market Regulatory Authority

EU

European Union

FIT

Feed-in tariff

GDRE

General Directorate of Renewable Energy

IEA

International Energy Agency

mtoe

Million tonnes of oil equivalent

NREAP

National Renewable Energy Action Plan

PV

Photo Voltaic

RES

Renewable Energy Source

REZ

Renewable Energy Zones

SWH

Solar water heaters

Notes

Acknowledgment

We are grateful to three anonymous referees and the editor for important suggestions which greatly helped to improve this chapter. Remaining errors are ours.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ÅF PöyryAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.European Studies DepartmentMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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