Coal Fired, Energy Efficiency, Europe, Middle East & Africa

Turkey plans doubling of coal-fired power capacity by 2020

Coal plant

The Turkish government is planning to double its coal power capacity over the next four years, making it the country with the world’s third largest investment in the fossil fuel.

Targets for electricity generation from domestic coal (lignite + hard coal) are set for 60,000 MW until the end of 2019.
Coal plant
For 2014, electricity produced from domestic coal/lignite is 34,051 MW. This is expected to increase to 60,000 MW by 2019, almost double the generation in four years. Plans for 80 new plants will more than quadruple the number of coal-fired power plants from the 19 in 2012.

Capacity will also be quadrupled, from the 22 coal plants that are currently in operation in the country, with a total installed capacity of 15.3 GW, adding 65.4 GW.

Environmental bodies are lobbying the EU to leverage influence to get Ankara to promote more sustainable development and limit the country’s emissions.

The EU could use upcoming reforms of the Energy Community to incentivise change, Climate Action Network Europe said. The Energy Community is a largely EU-funded drive for binding rules to integrate markets with the EU set up after the Balkans War. But Turkey is only an observer, rather than a full member.

However Turkey could be motivated by Europe’s Energy Union policy, which aims to lessen the dependency on Russian gas.

Environmental bodies are keen to get Brussels to stop buying any electricity from countries that do not meet EU air pollution standards at all their power stations.

The Turkish government is planning to double its coal power capacity over the next four years, making it the country with the world’s third largest investment in the fossil fuel.