Among the various sources of energy, hydroelectricity power stations are preferred due to their being environmentally friendly and carrying low potential risk.
Hydroelectricity plants work in harmony with the environment, are clean, renewable, and highly productive plants with no fuel expenses. They take on the role of an insurance in energy prices, have a long lifespan, low operating costs, and are not dependent on imports.
The theoretical hydroelectricity potential of our country is 1% of theoretical potential of the world, while its economic potential is 16% of the economic potential of Europe.
Our hydraulic resources, which hold the most important position in the renewable energy potential of our country, possess a hydroelectricity potential of 433 billion kWh, while the technically usable potential is 216 kWh, and the economic hydroelectricity potential is 140 billion kWh/year. Turkey continues to take steps towards developing the investment environment based on competition within the energy sector, and establishing a transparent market structure and in particular with the influence of the legal arrangements directed at renewable energy in the electricity generation sector.By January 2017, 594 power plants with 26,678 MW are licensed.
As of the end of 2016 June, there were 572 hydropower plants, with a total installed capacity of 26.246,6 MW. This is the equivalent of 34,3% of the total potential. In 2016, 24.7% of our electricity production was obtained from hydropower.
Hydroelectricity production have realized 67.3 billion kWh in 2016
It is aimed that all of the hydroelectricity potential which can be evaluated – both technically and economically – be used in the generation of electricity until 2023.
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