Turkey's electricity production increased by 15.1% in June compared to the same month of 2020, according to the latest data reported by the country's energy watchdog.
Total electricity production increased to approximately 25.6 million megawatt-hours (MWh), from 22.3 million MWh in June 2020, Turkey's Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) announced in its electricity market report for June 2021.
Turkey produced electricity from several sources: 38.6% from natural gas, 17.6% from hydropower, 15.4% from imported coal and 14% from lignite. Wind, geothermal, biomass, hard coal, asphaltite, solar power and fuel oil generated the remaining share.
Electricity consumption in June rose to 20.9 million MWh, marking a 11.1% increase compared to the same month of 2020. Industrial sector consumption held the largest share at 45.2%, followed by the commercial sector at 23.4%. The residential sector ranked third with 21.5%, while agricultural irrigation and street lighting accounted for the remainder.
The increase in electricity production and consumption in June this year compared to June last year reflects the slowdown after the first coronavirus case was reported in Turkey in March 2020 when the country announced a country-wide lockdown that slowed down economic activity.
Turkey's installed electricity capacity was up 6.3% in June from the same period of 2020.
Natural gas power plants comprised 28.2%, while 25.6% came from hydropower plants and 11.1% 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