Turkey to launch 2-GW wind power auction in 2016

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August 11 (SeeNews) - Turkey will hold an auction for 2 GW of wind power generation capacity next year, the Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EPDK) announced Saturday.

Developers will compete for licences to build wind parks. EPDK will be accepting preliminary applications between October 3 and October 7, 2016.

The 2 GW of wind power in the auction are to be operational by 2020.

Turkey is expected to reach grid parity for onshore wind in 2019, according to a study by Finnish consulting and engineering firm Poyry Plc from October. It would be the first country in Europe to achieve that, simply due to high wholesale electricity prices.

In February, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said it had helped Turkey draw an action plan to deploy about 61 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2023, including 20 GW of wind and 5 GW of solar. At the end of 2014, the country had 3.76 GW of wind, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

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