ELDER Chairman of the Board Çeçen said that the public sector was involved with customer satisfaction, centered on the measures taken by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources for the distribution sector.

Serhat Çeçen, Association of Distribution System Operators (ELDER), assessed the developments experienced in the electricity sector. Çeçen said, "Customer satisfaction and public interest are at the heart of the measures considered for the distribution sector, as our Minister of Energy and Natural Resources  said 'win-win'. That means if the service is good, if you increase the quality, if you increase the customer satisfaction  then you will deserve the award ."

Çeçen, who said they have carried out big and small investment projects that  are close to 10 thousand, emphasized that they will invest 5 billion pounds in electricity distribution this year. The quality of service will increase as investments are completed.”

Serhat Çeçen, who expressed that the sector is transforming in the light of technological developments and that Turkey's Smart Grid Roadmap will be completed by the end of the year, remarked that technology is not fast changing and cheap and said: "It is necessary to think forty times and take a step.  And you should buy smart technology from Turkey as much as possible."

Greater cooperation between the European Union and Turkey on renewable energy and energy efficiency could make a major positive impact on relations, Brussels-based think tank Bruegel has said in a report.

Bruegel said in the report titled “A New Strategy for EU-Turkey Energy Cooperation,” penned by fellows Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann, that cooperation in energy and climate issues could be a component in fostering a positive agenda for EU-Turkey relations.

“However, to make a real impact on long-term energy, climate and environmental sustainability and on overall macroeconomic and geopolitical stability, current priorities in the field should be changed, shifting the focus from the highly visible but less impactful gas and electricity sectors to sectors such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, nuclear energy and carbon trading,” the report read.

It suggested that the EU scales up the financial support it currently provides within the framework of its climate commitments to Turkey’s renewables and energy efficiency.

“This would make a stronger case for renewables and efficiency projects in Turkey, particularly as the cost of capital continues to represent a major barrier for these investments,” the report said, adding that on carbon markets, the EU can offer institutional support to Turkey, similar to the support it gives to other countries like China.

“Only by shifting these priorities can EU-Turkey energy and climate cooperation take on a truly strategic role as part of the EU-Turkey relationship and ultimately become a vibrant component of a much-awaited ‘positive agenda,’” it said.

The report said natural gas has been at the heart of EU-Turkey energy discussions.

It said Turkey has emerged as a potential key transit country because of its strategic position between Europe and the gas-rich countries of the Caspian and the Middle East and is in a position to significantly contribute to the security of the EU’s gas supply.

Bruegel explained that EU-Turkey cooperation on renewables and energy efficiency is much less developed than cooperation on gas and electricity, and has mainly consisted of European financial support for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Turkey.

The European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Commission have provided support that dates back as far as 1965.

The mayor of Rochester, New York, has cut the ribbon on a new solar facility situated on a former landfill site that has been vacant since 1972.

In an announcement Wednesday, authorities said that the new Solar Fidel, as it's known, would help to power City Hall and divert over 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. There are more than 7,800 panels on the site and it will produce roughly 3 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year.

The U.S. installed almost 2.4 gigawatts of solar photovoltaics in the second quarter of 2017, an increase of 8 percent year-on-year, according to a recent report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association.

Lovely A. Warren, Rochester's mayor, said that the Solar Field would both save taxpayer money and help to "protect the environment for future generations by reducing our carbon footprint."

The facility is built, owned and operated by AES Distributed Energy, based in Boulder, Colorado. Its subcontractor is Solar Liberty, from Buffalo, New York. Financial support for the project came from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.


Climate change is projected to have severe impacts on the frequency and intensity of peak electricity demand across the United States
Maximilian Auffhammer, Patrick Baylis, Catherine H. Hausman

It has been suggested that climate change impacts on the electric sector will account for the majority of global economic damages by the end of the current century and beyond. The empirical literature has shown significant increases in climate-driven impacts on overall consumption, yet has not focused on the cost implications of the increased intensity and frequency of extreme events driving peak demand, which is the highest load observed in a period. We use comprehensive, high-frequency data at the level of load balancing authorities to parameterize the relationship between average or peak electricity demand and temperature for a major economy.

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