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Public consultation on amendments to Turkey’s Electricity Market Capacity Regulation

April 2021 – The Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority, EMRA, has recently opened a draft amendment to the Electricity Market Capacity Regulation (“Draft Amendment”) for public consultation.

The current Electricity Market Capacity Regulation prohibits certain electricity power plants, such as build-operate-transfer power plants, nuclear power plants and power plants benefiting (or that benefited in the past) from feed-in tariffs, from participating in the capacity mechanism.

The Draft Amendment, however, narrows the scope of this prohibition. Accordingly, power plants that are operational for more than 13 years (calculated from the date of the provisional acceptance of their oldest unit that is currently operational) and based on an energy resource other than domestic resources and build-operate-transfer power plants (“Permitted Plants”) would be eligible to participate in the capacity mechanism. Permitted Plants willing to participate in the mechanism in 2021 would be given the right to apply to the system operator within 15 days from the date the Draft Amendment is published in the Official Gazette and would begin to benefit from the mechanism as of 1 July 2021.

The Draft Amendment is open for public consultation until 21 April 2021 and is expected to be enacted shortly thereafter.

For more information please contact Şeyma Olğun, Senior Associate, at solgun@gentemizerozer.com.