12/6/2010

Turkish regulator grants first license in wind energy

Hurriyet Daily News - Turkey has given the first production license for wind energy applications by companies, taking a crucial step in renewable energy.

The Energy Market Regulatory Agency (EMRA) convened on Thursday at last to evaluate the applications, according to an Anatolia news agency story filed Sunday.

The EMRA decided to give a license to Tektug, a Turkish electricity company, for a 25MW wind power plant in Adiyaman, in southeast Turkey. On average, 1 MW of power can supply electricity to as many as 300 households per year.

“The EMRA will continue to distribute licenses to projects whose technical assessment is positive and which do not involve more than one application for the same region,” Anatolia news agency reported.

Over the next term, the regulator is expected to give the go-ahead to 27 projects with a total capacity of 1,343 MW. These investments may total between TRY 2.7 billion and TRY 3.2 billion.

In a previous statement, EMRA Chief Hasan Koktas said Turkey’s current wind energy capacity is at 1,200 MW and that 2011 will be a year of “mobilization” in the private sector’s wind energy investments.
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