Energy in Turkey
Turkey consumes over 6 exajoules of primary energy per year, over 20 megawatt hours (MW/h) per person. 88% of energy is fossil fuels and the energy policy of Turkey includes reducing fossil fuel imports, which are a quarter of import costs. As of 2016[update] greenhouse gas emissions by Turkey were 6.3 tons/person year, more than the global average.
Since 1990 annual primary energy consumption has almost tripled to 1700 TW/h[note 1] in 2016; including 31% oil, 28% gas and 27% coal; and CO2 emissions from fuel combustion have risen from 130 megatonnes (Mt) to 340 Mt. Almost all fossil fuel apart from lignite (brown coal) is imported. Turkey's energy policy prioritises reducing imports.
Electricity is generated mainly from coal, gas (about a third each) and hydro (about a quarter) with a small but growing amount from other renewables such as wind and solar. A nuclear power plant is under construction.
Turkey produces a lot of lignite, almost all of which is burnt in power stations, which churns out large amounts of carbon dioxide with a comparably low level of efficiency. Government subsidises coal-fired power stations despite the environmental impact of the coal industry and would like more to be built.
Annual gas demand is 50bcm, over 30% of Turkey’s total energy demand, and over half of which is supplied by Russia. All 81 provinces in Turkey are supplied with natural gas, which supplies most of the heat.
Most gas from Russia comes via the Blue Stream pipeline, but TurkStream is expected to start operating in 2019. Iranian gas comes through the Tabriz–Ankara pipeline. Azerbaijan supplies Turkey through the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline (which they claim is the cheapest that Turkey buys) and South Caucasus Pipeline. Iraq may also supply gas in future, through the Southern Gas Corridor and gas from the Eastern Mediterranean is also a possibility.
As of 2019[update] only a small proportion of gas imports are re-exported to the EU. However Turkey aims to become a gas trading hub and re-export more. State-owned BOTAŞ controls 80% of the market. 91 mt of CO2 were emitted by burning natural gas in 2015, however subsidies to gas-fired power stations are being reduced in 2019 and 2020, so older less efficient plants may reduce generation.
Turkey has no operational nuclear reactors, but it is building a nuclear power plant at Akkuyu, with expected operation in 2023.
Hydroelectricity in Turkey is the largest renewable source of electricity however solar power looks likely to increase rapidly. Wind power in Turkey is mainly in the west. Geothermal power in Turkey is used mainly for heating.
By massively increasing production of solar power in the south and wind power in the west Turkey could meet its entire predicted 2020 energy demand from renewable sources.
Each year about 300 TWh of electricity is used in Turkey, which is almost a fifth of the amount of primary energy in Turkey. As the electricity sector in Turkey burns a lot of local and imported coal the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions by Turkey is the country's coal-fired power stations, many of which are subsidized. Imports of gas, mostly for power stations in Turkey, is the main import cost for the economy of Turkey. However solar power in Turkey and wind power in Turkey are being increased and balanced by the country's existing hydropower.
According to the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Turkey has the potential to cut 15 to 20 percent of total consumption through energy conservation.
With the increase in electricity generated by solar panels storage may become more important.
Thermal energy storageEdit
Testing in Ankara suggested a payback time between 18 months and 3 years for adding ice thermal storage to hypermarket cooling systems.
Turkey could generate 20% of its total electricity from wind and solar by 2026 without extra transmission system costs.
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