Turkey's electricity production increased by 13.5% in March compared to the same month of 2020, as consumption in the country's industrial sector and agricultural irrigation rose, according to the latest data reported by the country's energy watchdog.
Total electricity production increased to approximately 27.7 million megawatt-hours (MWh), from 23.8 million MWh in March 2020, Turkey's Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) announced in its electricity market report for March 2021.
Turkey produced its electricity from several sources: 30.1% from natural gas, 22.9% from hydropower, 16.8% from import coal and 12.8% from lignite. Wind, geothermal, biomass, hard coal, asphaltite, solar power and fuel oil generated the remaining share.
Industrial sector consumption held the largest share at 46.1%, followed by the residential sector at 25.5%. The commercial sector ranked third with 23.7%, while street lighting and agricultural irrigation accounted for the remainder.
Turkey's installed electricity capacity was up 6% in March from the same period of 2020.
Natural gas power plants comprised 28.5%, while 25.8% came from hydropower plants and 11.2% from lignite power plants. Wind, imported coal, hydro, geothermal, biomass, hard coal, solar power, asphaltite, fuel oil, naphtha, LNG and diesel also contributed to installed capacity.
By Firdevs Yuksel