Turkey's electricity production increased by 4.3% in December 2020 compared to the same month of 2019, as production in the country's industrial sector and consumption in agricultural irrigation rose, according to the latest data reported by the country's energy watchdog.
Total electricity production rose to approximately 26.8 million megawatt-hours (MWh), from 25.7 million MWh in December 2019, Turkey's Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) announced in its electricity market report for December 2020.
Turkey produced its electricity from several sources; 33.3% from natural gas, 22.4% from import coal, 14.8% from hydropower and 13.5% 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 44.1%, followed by the residential sector at 25.6%. The commercial sector ranked third with 22.7%, while agricultural irrigation and street lighting accounted for the remainder.
Turkey's installed electricity capacity was up 4.8% in December 2020 from the same period of 2019.
Natural gas power plants comprised 28.8%, while 25.7% came from hydropower plants and 11.4% from lignite power plants. Imported coal, wind, hydro, geothermal, biomass, hard coal, solar power, asphaltite, fuel oil, naphtha, LNG and diesel also contributed to installed capacity.
By Firdevs Yuksel