National Energy Efficiency Forum and Fair in İstanbul, Jan 12-13, 2012

Yuksel Oktay

Yuksel Oktay

The 3rd National Energy Efficiency Forum and Fair was held  at the WOW Convention Center in İstanbul during the 31st annual Energy Efficiency Week. The Forum, organized by the General Directorate of Renewable Energy of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, and the ‘’Sektörel Fuarcılık’’with the support of many sponsors, including İstanbul Gas Distribution A.Ş. (IGDAŞ), the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, Ministry of Development, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Forestry and Water Works, Union of Turkish Engineers and Architects Associations (TMMOB), and others. There was no registration fee and the gala diner on Thursday night was also free where even wine and rakı was served while a six member group played and sang Turkish songs, including the favorite ‘’Eski Dostlar – Old Friends’’.

Over 1,000 professionals, bureaucrats, media members, exhibitors and others were among the attendees with standing room only at the opening session which started with the recital of the national anthem and the Turkish flag and image of Atatürk on the overhead screen. Close to 4,000 participants and visitors attended the Forum and the Fair, according to a newspaper article, and close to one hundred companies exhibited their products and services at the fair. [Read more…]

The New Media Order Conference II in İstanbul, October 5, 2011

The second Media Order Conference, organized by the Dogus Media Group (DYG), was held at the Lutfi Kırdar Conference Center on October 5, 2011. There must have been over a thousand attendees like the first conference held last year on October 26, 2010 (Commentary on the first conference is given in the Attachment)

Following the opening speeches by Erman Yerdelen, the CEO of Dogus Media Group, Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia Founder, spoke about the free information exchange in the world. He stated that everyone produces information freely and consumes it free and talked about how this will effect life and business in the future. The number of users of wikipedia has increaed from 365 million in 2001 to 420 million in 2011 which has 16 million articles in about 200 languages, including Turkish with 170,000 Turkish entries. Articles are written by volunteers and also edited by volunteers, where more Turkish editors are neded.. Wales spoke about the principles that govern Wikipedia, including neutrality, free licensing and civility. The Project is run by a Foundation which is funded by donations. [Read more…]

Turkish-Arab Media Forum, A first, İstanbul, 30 Nov – 1 Dec, 2011

The Forum, hosted by the Prime Ministry’s Directorate General of Press and Information (BYEGM), was held at Conrad Hilton Hotel and attended by over 250 journalists from 22 countries. The theme of the Forum was ‘’Media, new opportunities and possibilities in the axis of change and continuity.’’

Following the opening speeches by  Murat Karakaya, the GM of BYEGM, Ibrahim Kalin, advisor to the Turkish Prime Minister, the secretary-general of Arab Journalist’s Union, Markam Mohamad Ahmad, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arınç, spoke and stated that it was Turkey’s wish to see brotherly Arab countries change in the direction of justice and to enjoy an atmosphere of peace and tranquility instead of caos. [Read more…]

The World Turkish Entrepreneurs Convention, İstanbul, 18-19 Nov 2011

An article published in the November 19th 2011 issue of the Economists, ‘’The Magic of Diasporas’’ states that ‘’Immigrant Networks are a rare bright spark in the world economy. Rich countries should welcome them.’’ The full page article talks primarily about the Chinese and the Indian diasporas with reference to those of Huguenots, Scots, Lebanese, Japanese and Jews, part of 215 million first generation migrants around the world, but does not mention the Turks although their number of all generations in Europe is close to 6 million. The main argument of the article is that the  Networks of kinship and language make it easier to do business accross borders, diasporas help spread ideas and Money.

The opening speeches were made by M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, the President of TOBB, Rona Yırcalı, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of DEIK, Kemal Yurtnaç, the President of Overseas Turks, and Zafer Çağlayan, the Minister of Economy. Some figures mentioned durng the speeches include: [Read more…]

Eurasia Waste Management Symposium

A three day Symposium was held at the Haliç Congress Center in İstanbul on Nov 14-16, 2011. Yıldız Technical University was among the organizers with support from the Turkish National Committee on Solid Waste (KAKAD) and two major companies involved in waste management, ISTAÇ and IZAYTAÇ. Many companies were among the sponsors, including SÜREKO Entegre Atık Yönetimi ve Atıktan Enerji Üretimi Şirketi in Izmir.

Following the opening speeches by Prof. Dr. Hayrullah Ağaçoğlu, Dean of Civil Engineering Faculty of Yıldız Tecnical University and Prof. Dr. Ismail Yüksek, Rector of Yıldız Technical University, three presentations were made during the opening panel on waste management legislations in Turkey and Europe.  Dr. Cevat Yaman from İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality spoke about waste management İstanbul, followed by a presentaton on future trends in waste management strategies in İstanbul by Dr. Senol Yıldız of ISTAÇ. Dr. Mahir Erdem from the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, spoke about development of waste management legislation in Turkey. [Read more…]

Wind Energy Summit, November 11-12, 2010, Istanbul

Wind Turbine

Wind Turbine

An Energy Conference was held in Istanbul, called Wind Summit Turkey on November 11 and 12, 2010. The conference, organized by Investment Support and Promotion Agency (ISPAT) of Turkey in partnership with ICSME from China, Noppen from Shangai, and Eurosolar Turkey, was held at Hyatt Hotel (1).

There were close to 50 participants from Government Institutions, Universities, Turkish Wind Energy Association, Wind Energy Investors and Businesssman’s Association (RESYAD), including RESYAD Secretary Metin Atamer, representatives of private companies and Prof. Dr. Tanay Sıtkı Uyar, the President of Eurosolar Turkey and also the moderator of the Summit.

There were close to 20 presentations on various aspects of wind energy developments in Turkey with with emphasis on investment and technology and some reference to Solar Energy also. During the first day, presentations covered wind energy developments worldwide and wind farms in Turkey, foreign direct investment and wind energy regulations. Suzlon representative in Turkey spoke about wind energy in Turkey from Suzlon’s point of view, a manufacturer of wind turbines.. [Read more…]

Rüzgarın Hikayesi – The Story of Wind

By Metin Atamer, Pioneer in wind energy,Writer and a graduate of Talas American High School.

Wind energy in Turkey is gaining importance everyday in meeting the nation’s demand for clean energy. As of today, there must be over 30 wind power plants, large and small, accross Turkey with an installed capacity of close to 1,500 MW, up from 880 MW in 2009 and 20.4 MW in 1998. Among the newly established wind farms is the Ziyaret RES at Samandag which EZSE Elektrik developed, but built and now being operated by FINA Energy.

The very first wind power plant in Turkey was built in Cesme, Izmir in 1998, followed by 10 MW Bozcaada Project, which recently went through an expansion. Metin Atamer, a graduate of METU with a degree in Physics, and the Principal in two energy companies, and one of the pioneers in wind energy since 1991 is the author of the new book, ‘’The Story of Wind’’. He was a member of the group that developed and realized the first wind power plant in Turkey and tells his story in the book. Today, Metin Atamer is a member of the Board of Directors of a company that owns and operates a 7.2 MW wind power plant and busy writing books to share his experience and his love of his country. All of his four books, including ‘’Talas’ta Zaman’’, which he edited and is a collection of experiences told by the graduates of the junior high school for boys , were available at the presentation with other books of his Publisher ‘’Yeni Insan Yayınevi’’. [Read more…]

Let the rivers run freely…

Hydro Electric Power Plants in Turkey and the Disappearance of Rivers

Development of Renewable Energy in Turkey is gaining importance with the establishment of wind power plants and solar energy fields. Hydroelectric power is also considered a renewable energy source which now accounts for almost 26 % of electricity generated in Turkey with over 130 large and small hydroelectric power plants, with several new ones being added to the system continuously.. These hydro electric power plants either utilize dams or tunnels for the run-of-the river type facilities with usually less than 50 MW installed capacity.

According to many publications and media reports, the Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) has issued licences to over 1,700 hydroelectric power plants.

Construction of some of these plants have already started on rivers across Turkey , but mainly in eastern Black Sea Region. However, most of these have also brought public opposition which in some cases are being built without the mandatory Environmental Impact Assessment Reports. The planned construction of a plant on Yuvalicayir River near Fethiye was halted, but after hundreds of trees, some 100 to 200 year old, were cut, despite the opposition of local people. Residents of a village in northern Turkey in Loc valley of Kastamonu , are waging a war against the construction of a hydroelectric station on Deverkani river. [Read more…]

Electric Power Sector In Turkey – Update as of July 6, 2011

A Brief Overview, Recent Privatization and Investment Opportunities


Turkey has a healthy electricity market with no power blackouts except in some remote areas. According to the latest assessment by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MENR) over 3,500 MW was added to the installed capacity in 2009, and over 4,000 MW last year, which is a record, with a total investment value of over $ 10 billion. There are many plants under construction, including several delayed due to various reasons, such as the Deriner HES on Coruh River, in northeast Turkey. There are also many small and run-of-the river type hydro-electric power plants under construction except several have been stopped or licenses have been cancelled due to the lawsuits brought against them due to environmental reasons. There are many projects under planning stages, including several hundred wind and hydroelectric power and many waste-to-energy plants. More gas fired and lignite fired plants are also expected to be built in the near future to reach the goal of doubling the present 48,000 MW capacity by 2023, the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey, with a total investment value estimated to be over $ 210 billion through 2030. [Read more…]

EURASIAN ECONOMIC SUMMIT CONFERENCE WOW Hotel and Conference Center, İstanbul, April 13-15, 2011

The 14th Eurasia Economic Summit opened at WOW Hotel and Conference Center in İstanbul on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. During the three day conference, there were over 100, ten to fifteen minute presentations in 7 seperate sessions, which ended with a Bosphorous Cruise Luncheon.

The Conference was opened with a minute silence for Ataturk and the fallen followd by singing the Turkish national anthem. A large and beautiful photograph of Atatürk and Turkish flag adorned the speakers platfoprm where dignitaries sat in separate places consisting of a Rostrum, the Spekares Platform and Reporters. A coffee cup gift set was presented to every speaker.

The President of Marmara Foundation, Dr. Akkan Suver opened the conference and after reminding that many congratulatory statements were received from the Government officials, invited Prof. Ali Hasanov to speak on nehalf of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Ilham Aliyev. Among those followed included Dr. Murat Yalcıntas, Chairman of İCOC, Basaran Ulusoy, Chairman of TURSAB, Amb. Leonidas Chrysanthopolous, Secretary Geneal of BSCE. Mihail Formuzal, the President of Gagauzia,and the Presidents of Macedonia and Albania also spoke. [Read more…]