Turkey's electricity consumption increased by 1.68 percent in May compared to the same month of 2018, according to data released by Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Ministry.
The country's power consumption reached 23.58 billion kilowatt-hours last month, while electricity production increased by 3.19 percent to reach 23.776 gigawatt-hours compared to May 2018.
Out of May's total production, 12.32 percent was generated by natural gas power plants while 48.75 percent was derived from hydro plants and 12.26 percent from imported coal.
The share of local coal plants in electricity generation was 16.96 percent. Wind plants generated 4.85 percent and the remaining 4.86 percent came from geothermal, fuel oil and biogas plants.
Last month, Turkey's electricity imports from neighboring countries decreased by 52.6 percent to stand at 136.68 million kilowatt-hours compared to 288.62 million kilowatt-hours in May 2018.
Exports, on the other hand, increased by a whopping 144.1 percent to 327.36 million kilowatt-hours of electricity from 134.09 million kilowatt-hours on an annual basis.
Turkey's total installed power capacity reached 89.68 gigawatts by the end of April 2019, according to official figures.
By Murat Temizer