Turkey's Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) decreased the usage limit for electricity customers to become eligible to switch suppliers from 2,400 kilowatt-hours to 2,000 kilowatt-hours, EMRA said Friday. From 2018, customers who use more than 2,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year will qualify as eligible customers who have the right to move to a power supplier of their choice.

With the new limit, 3.6 million more electricity customers are set to become eligible in 2018. The number of eligible electricity consumers reached 4.7 million by the end of October 2017, according to Energy Exchange Istanbul (EXIST), also known as EPIAS.

Latest limit qualifier equals monthly bill of 68 Turkish liras ($17.27)

In accordance with the latest decision, a customer with a monthly power bill of approximately 68 Turkish liras ($17.27) will be classified as an eligible consumer next year.

As part of Turkey's comprehensive program to liberalize and privatize the electricity market in 2001, the country's distribution network was divided into 21 distribution regions in 2013 and has started to lower customers' eligibility limits since 2003.

In 2003, EMRA started a consumer scheme to offer individual customers and legal and corporate entities, which consume more than 9 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, the opportunity to choose their preferred electricity supplier.

EMRA has adjusted the limit in recent years to allow more people to qualify.  The biggest adjustment came in a meeting in January 2013, when the limit was lowered from 25,000 kilowatt-hours in 2012 to 5,000 kilowatt-hours in 2013. Since then, further modifications have been made. The limit was set as 4,500 kilowatt-hours in 2015, 3,600 kilowatt-hours in 2016, and 2,400 kilowatt-hours in 2017.

Source: AA

The number of electricity consumers who are able to exercise their right to buy electricity from their preferred provider increased by 1.03 percent in November compared to October, according to the latest Energy Exchange Istanbul (EXIST) data on Monday.

These eligible consumers, who availed of more competitive tariffs, totaled 4.760 million in November.

Consumers who use more than 2,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year qualified as eligible consumers in 2017. In other words, customers with a monthly power bill over 68 Turkish liras ($17.38) were classified as eligible.

In November, Istanbul contained the largest number of eligible consumers totaling 1.37 million. Izmir and Antalya followed with 475,346 and 380,549 people, respectively.

EXIST divides consumers who qualify into categories from which residential consumers were the largest with over 3.38 million followed by the business sector with 1.31 million eligible consumers.

Source: AA

Having reliable data and indicators on how energy is used is key to informing and monitoring the effectiveness of energy efficiency policies. Highlighting the importance of such data, the IEA has for the first time published an Energy Efficiency Indicators database with annual data from 2000 to 2015.

The database covers end use energy consumption for 8 energy products and includes end use energy efficiency indicators and carbon intensity indicators for 4 sectors (residential, services, industry and transport) for IEA member countries. These indicators are computed by using key sectorial activity data.

This comprehensive and disaggregated database provides valuable insights on the patterns of energy consumption at country level, and enables countries to keep track of efficiency improvements across sectors and end uses.

The key sectors for tracking energy efficiency progress are transport, services, manufacturing and the residential sector. Across IEA countries, the transport sector accounted for the highest share of final energy consumption in 2014 (34%), followed by manufacturing industry (27%), the residential sector (19%) and finally the services sector (14%).

The indicators used to measure energy efficiency across these sectors are chosen to best represent energy efficiency in that context. For example in transportation, passenger transport intensity indicates the amount of energy used to move one passenger over a distance of one kilometre. Intensity levels vary across countries depending on the share of modes (e.g. road, air, water, rail), vehicle types in the mix (e.g. passenger cars, buses, etc.) and on the average occupancy (passengers per vehicle) – which in many countries has decreased over time as people increasingly drive their vehicles alone.

Passenger transport intensity is particularly high in countries like the United States, due to the large use of passenger cars (of which a high share are SUVs) and domestic flights as compared to more efficient transportation modes like buses and trains. Conversely, this indicator is comparatively low in countries like France, where rail transport is relatively common.

Looking at residential buildings, energy efficiency improvements for space heating are tracked by trends in residential space heating intensity – defined as energy consumption per floor area. This indicator significantly decreased in many IEA countries, for instance, Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Korea, Netherlands and Spain have experienced reductions of more than 30% since 2000. Warmer countries generally have lower space heating intensities, as less energy is needed on average to keep the temperature inside residential buildings at a comfort level.

For manufacturing, the average manufacturing energy intensity in a country depends on the relative weight of the different sub-sectors in the manufacturing mix. For example, the intensity is particularly high in countries like Finland, where the paper, pulp and printing industry – which is very energy-intensive – represented over half of total manufacturing energy consumption in 2014.

Overall, the manufacturing sector intensity has decreased over time across virtually all countries. For example, in the United States it decreased about 38% in the period 2000-2014, due to efficiency improvements mainly in the chemicals and basic metals sub-sectors, but also because of increasing shares of low energy-intensive sub-sectors, like machinery.

Source: IEA

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a $3.5 million investment for innovative research and development proposals to scale-up the deployment of electric vehicles and minimise barriers to this technology. The available funds will also be used for research on how to reduce the cost of installing and operating charging stations, and to provide consultancy on how electric vehicles can be used for grid resilience.

Governor Cuomo said that "clean cars are the way of the future, and with a tremendous increase in the number of electric vehicles sold this year, it is clear New Yorkers support efforts to combat climate change”. The funds will be managed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, which is now seeking  research proposals that will demonstrate the potential impact of electric vehicles on job growth, technical advances and on the overall economy.

The “Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) Enabling Technology Development and Demonstration Program” will have a particular focus on the interaction between electric vehicles and the electric grid, aiming to find ways to take advantage of the opportunities that electric vehicles can offer. for grid resiliency.

Some of the proposed topics are how to reduce the impact of charging vehicles on the grid and how charging can be managed to ensure the resilience of the grid. For example, electric vehicles have the ability to act as energy storage facilities offering backup power during outages or during peak times, such as in hot summer days.

In addition, the Governor announced the availability of an extra $2.2 million in rebates for municipalities to purchase or lease electric or fuel cell vehicles for municipal fleet use and for the installation of public charging or fuel cell refueling stations.

Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance, New York State said: "More and more New Yorkers are seeing the economic and climate benefits of electric vehicles. Under Governor Cuomo's nation-leading clean energy policies, we're seeing, even more, consumer interest in these automobiles which will help us meet our emissions reduction goals”.

In March, New York launched a $70 million electric car rebate and outreach initiative to encourage the growth of zero-emissions vehicles. The Drive Clean Initiative dedicated $55 million to rebates of up to $2,000 for the purchase of a new plug-in electric car, all-electric car or hydrogen fuel cell car and $15 million in consumer awareness of the benefits of electric cars and in the installation of new charging stations. The first three months after the launch of the Drive Clean Rebate there was a61 percent increase in claims compared with the same time period last year.

Source: Climate Action Programme


Smart Charging: Steering the Charge, Driving the Change

The power system is in the midst of transformative change. The EU’s short-term 2020 and medium-term 2030 agenda for emissions reductions, increased renewables penetration and efficiency improvements is fostering the development of decentralised generation and electric vehicles (EVs). To integrate the flows of the new sources of supply and the new forms of demand, the power system will need to become smarter.   

Likewise, the EU’s transport sector is undergoing substantial changes towards sustainable mobility. Transport is responsible for about a quarter of EU emissions and is almost exclusively dependent on oil.  EVs provide an important part of the solution towards more sustainable transport. They are cleaner, quieter and three times more energy efficient than their conventional counterparts. 

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