Wind energy

Turkey already generates 10% of its electricity through wind energy

For the first time in Turkey’s history, electricity generated by wind power reached 10.7% in January.

The percentage of electricity generated monthly by wind energy surpassed the 10% barrier for the first time last January, according to the Turkish Minister of Natural Resources. “The wind is blowing with records in 2021,” Faith Dönmez wrote on Twitter.

According to Dönmez, this is the first time in the history of Turkey that the energy generated by wind turbines exceeds 10%. “In January we generated 10.7% of electricity through chilly Anatolian winds,” the minister said.

Official forecasts indicate that by the end of 2021 the installed capacity of wind energy will reach 10,000 megawatts, which will mean an increase of about 1,200 megawatts compared to 2020. Wind energy generated in 2020 an average of 8.5% of the total electricity produced in Turkey, enough to replace gas imports worth more than 800 million euros.

During 2020, the main source of electricity generation in Turkey came from hydroelectric plants, which accounted for 25.6% of the total; they were followed by natural gas plants (22.7%), coal power plants (22.3%), renewable energies (wind, solar and geothermal energy) with 15%, and national coal plants with 12 ,5%. The remaining 1.9% of electricity generated came from fuel/oil and biomass plants.