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Progress and potential in the Turkish wind energy industry

The Danish Energy Agency and the Royal Danish Embassy in Ankara attended the 7th Turkish Wind Energy Congress in Ankara. The congress was organised by The Turkish Wind Association. The broad attendance of participants from the public and private sector gave The Danish delegation a very good insight into the future of wind energy in Turkey.

The joint effort made possible by the political willingness and the efforts of the wind industry has resulted in increasing investments in renewable energy. Turkey is working towards reducing its dependence on fossil fuel imports, which currently account for 77% of its energy needs. Therefore, renewable energy including wind energy are prominent features in Turkey’s road to energy independence.

The programme of the congress involved expert presentations and panel discussions among industry professionals, politicians and relevant stakeholders and decision-makers. An obvious support of the green energy transition in Turkey was evident throughout the entire event. The main cloud on the horizon now is the difficulties and high costs of obtaining project financing. This is very much due to the significant devaluation of the Turkish Lira witnessed in 2018. However, it was clear that in the medium term the potential for wind energy in Turkey looks promising.

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The Danish Sector Counsellor Dennis Holte Skov-Albertsen presented 25 years of offshore experience in Denmark as a source of inspiration for the growing investment in the renewable energy sector. The presentation shed light upon the Danish so-called one-stop shop approach, where the Danish Energy Agency is the single point of contact for the investors to obtain permits and licences for new offshore wind projects. Currently in Turkey, investors have to contact 37 different institutions to obtain the necessary licences and permits, which presents significant differences within the regulatory systems. The new Strategic Sector Cooperation (SSC) between the Turkish and Danish authorities within offshore wind industry was also mentioned during the presentation.

Turkey’s national electricity target is to produce 30% of its electricity from clean sources by 2023. Therefore, it is expected to see continuous investments and developments within the industry in the near future.

In case of related questions, please contact either Sector Counsellor Dennis Holte Skov-Albertsen on denalb@um.dk  or Project Coordinator Fatma Alay on fatmal@um.dk

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