By Muhsin Baris Tiryakioglu
ANKARA (AA) – Turkey's electricity production increased by 1.7 percent in July compared to the same month last year, according to the latest data revealed by the country's energy watchdog.
Total production reached approximately 28.5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh), up from 28 million kWh in July 2017, Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) announced in its electricity market report for July 2018.
Turkey produced its electricity from several resources — 37.4 percent from natural gas, 18.7 percent from hard coal, 16.4 percent from hydropower plants and 13.6 percent from lignite. Kinetic energy from rivers, wind, geothermal, biomass, fuel oil, solar, diesel and LNG supplied the remaining share.
Consumption in the industrial sector had the biggest share with 39.4 percent, followed by the commercial sector with 30.5 percent. Residential consumption came third with 20.9 percent while street lighting and agricultural irrigation accounted for the remainder.
Turkey's installed electricity capacity was up 4.4 percent in July on a yearly basis. Natural gas power plants comprised 31.5 percent, while 24.9 percent came from hydropower plants, and 11.3 percent from lignite power plants.
Hard coal, hydro, wind, geothermal, fuel oil, biomass and solar power also contributed to Turkey's installed capacity.