Turkey's electricity consumption increased by 19.2% in May, compared to the same month of 2020, according to the latest data released by Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Ministry.
The country's power consumption reached 24.78 billion kilowatt-hours last month and electricity production also increased by 20.3% to 24.90 billion kilowatt-hours compared to May 2020.
Out of May's total production, hydro plants generated 23.3% while 27.6% was derived from natural gas and 15.84% from local coal.
The share of imported coal plants in electricity generation was 13.86%. Wind plants generated 8.32% and the remaining share came from geothermal, fuel oil and biogas plants.
Last month, Turkey's electricity imports from neighboring countries increased by around 1.33% to 213.51 million kilowatt-hours compared to 210.70 million kilowatt-hours in May 2020.
Electricity exports increased by around 177% to 333.93 million kilowatt-hours.
Turkey's total installed power capacity reached 97.38 gigawatts as of the end of April 2021, according to official figures.
Korkut Ozturkmen, Aksa Energy's deputy chairman said the increase in electricity consumption in May reflected the 'Covid-19 shock effect' experienced last year, but he added they saw a rapid response on the way to recovery.
Ozturkmen said the 7% economic growth achieved in the first quarter of the year was reflected in the positive trend in industrial production and greater electricity consumption.
“Due to the drought risk we experienced this year, natural gas power plants produce more electricity than hydroelectric resources. Turkey's imports increased slightly due to the effect of electricity market price margins in neighboring countries,' he said.
By Murat Temizer