Turkey plans geothermal energy investment

Twenty cities in Turkey, selected by the General Directorate of Mineral Research and Exploration, are to be explored for their high geothermal energy potential in 2014 at a cost of US$13 million.

Seven cities in the central Anatolia region are to be researched at a cost of US$7 million, including the capital Ankara, which alone will have US$1.8 million allocated to its analysis.

Izmir, Manisa and Afyonkarahisar, the western provinces, will be allocated US$3.5 million of investment and the rest will be shared between the northwestern Marmara region and the eastern Turkey.

Turkey currently is producing 311 megawatts of electricity from geothermal energy compared with 15 megawatts of electricity 12 years ago and is planning on concentrating on renewable energy and its national energy resources such as coal, geothermal, hydro power, wind and solar energy to meet its 2023 target of having 30 percent of its energy coming from renewable sources.