“The role of NGO’ s in the Turkish energy sector” was discussed at the panel held at the International Energy and Environment Fair and Conference.

Serhat Çeçen, CEO of ELDER: “In the period of 2014-2020, we made a significant contribution to the realization of 194 R&D projects carried out in our sector with the support of EMRA.”

Speaking at the panel on “the role of NGO’ s in the Turkish energy sector” held at the International Energy and Environment Fair and Conference (ICCI), Serhat Çeçen, ELDER chairman of the board, said that one of Elder’s important missions is to develop the innovation environment of the electricity sector in our country. Çeçen, who stated that ELDER has enabled the sector to gain a visionary and pioneer perspective with the projects carried out, stressed that it is a platform that tries to bring our country’s entrepreneurs into the sector with the goal of developing domestic and national technologies.

Çeçen continued his words: “In the 2014-2020 period, we made significant contributions to the implementation of 194 R & D projects carried out in our sector with the support of EMRA. On the other hand, we have tried to shape the electricity distribution sector of the future from today with the 2023 Turkey Smart Grids Project.”


Stating that energy non-governmental organizations, as umbrella organizations representing member companies investing in the sector, make significant contributions to the energy ecosystem, Çeçen stated that the dynamic structure and development process of energy markets in our country led to changes in the duties and responsibilities of energy NGOs with the increase of the share of the private sector.

Emphasizing that the diversification of private sector investment areas and the increase in the number of investors bring the establishment of new NGOs, Çeçen said: “The investor and operator role of the public is transforming into a form where policy-making and regulatory functions are at the center. Thus, the nature of the relations of NGOs with Public Institutions and Organizations is changing. TESAB and the World Energy Council Turkish National Committee stand out as NGOs that have done very successful works with public and private sector partnership. ELDER sets a good example of public-private sector cooperation as a member of both ngos in line with its vision. “


Stating that the two main factors determining the dynamics of Turkish Energy Sector were  privization and liberalization in 2000, Çeçen said, “While the private sector’s share in almost all links of the electricity value chain has increased steadily since 2001, the monopoly structure of the sector has evolved into a multilateral and competitive structure as a result of the liberalization process.’’

Reminding that the privatization process of the electricity distribution sector, which started in 2008 and completed in 2013, all 21 regions were transferred to the private sector, he said: “The installed power of solar power plants, which had almost no share in our country’s generation portfolio in the early 2000s, today exceeded 6,000 MW. . The installed power of wind power plants exceeded 8,000 MW at the end of 2019 and will approach 10,000 MW by the end of 2020. Advances in energy technology and reductions in costs made new business models possible. Decarbonization, Decentralization, Digitalization and Electrification have already become part of the energy economy. Topics such as energy efficiency and e-mobility rank high on our industry’s agenda. Business areas such as storage, micro-grids and demand-side engagement are already taking a place in our business plans.’’


Stating that besides ELDER, many NGOs such as EÜD, GAZBİR, TÜREB, GÜNDER and ENVER in different fields of activity of the energy sector operate as umbrella organizations of the sector, Çeçen underlined that NGOs strengthen the voice of the sector by providing coordination among the members. Chechen said, “NGOs increase the synergies of sector stakeholders with their central role. They contribute to the growth, development and efficiency goals of our country with their contribution to the development of the investment environment. They even take part in the design of the energy sector of the future by supporting R&D projects and start-ups. “

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