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Fifteen bids authorised, 8 GW rejected and 70 GW still to be processed

Looking ahead, Turkey's Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) has given the green light to 15 wind power projects with a combined capacity of 426 MW on the Aegean's Cesme peninsula. The projects are being developed by a number of local companies including Bilgin Enerji, Ayen, Guris, Calik and ENDA, with completion expected by 2011. Meanwhile, EMRA is still ploughing its way through applications for wind power production licences for the construction of 78,000 MW of wind power capacity received in November (Windpower Monthly, December 2007). While no end date for the deliberations is in sight, EMRA says that some 8000 MW have been rejected so far, mainly because the projects are in environmentally sensitive areas or are duplicate applications for the same site. This still leaves 70,000 MW to go. Turkey operates a fixed power purchase price for wind power, but with an electricity supply shortage, it is the opportunity for bi-lateral power purchase agreements with private sector electricity customers that is driving the market in Turkey, where the wind resource is good.

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