/26th February 2013, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/
Turkey is very good market for wind energy investments amongst SEE countries according to Turkey Wind Market: Outlook 2013 - 2018. In 2010 and 2012, the country has become one of the fastest growing wind markets in the region with cumulative wind installed capacity of 1,799 MW for 2011, and 2,312 MW by the end of 2012.
The energy demand of Turkey was doubled between the years 2000–2010 and is expected to fourfold between the years 2000–2025. This rapid increase in demand is due to the high economic development rate of Turkey. The biggest growth area in recent years has been natural gas imported from Russia and Iran. In 1995, 20% of Turkey’s electricity needs were generated from natural gas. Today, that has increased to 44%. It is a dependence that the Turkish government would like to diminish as mentioned in Turkey Wind Market: Outlook 2013 - 2018
Accodrding to EWEA statistics Turkey is the biggest wind power country in central and eastern Europe and gained more than 60% of the region’s market share over the period 2005 - 2011 analysed, reaching 86% in 2011.
Turkey has very good wind resource potential. According to the Wind Atlas best wind resources are around Aegean, Marmara and the eastern parts of the Mediterranean regions of Turkey have high wind potential at a height of 50 m. It is also the area where 30% of the country’s population lives. Wind availability around the sea of Marmara is about double that found in Germany or Denmark. According to a study by the European Commission, Turkey has the second highest potential for wind energy generation in Europe after the UK. Today, it is assumed that current wind potential of Turkey is 88,000 MW (EIE, 2006). More information about this promising market you may read here: Turkey Wind Market: Outlook 2013 - 2018