Turkey, US could cooperate in renewable energy

Posted on 14 February 2011

Date: 13/04/2010
Turkey, US could cooperate in renewable energy

Turkey, with its significant renewable energy potential, and the US could cooperate in new renewable energy projects in the years to come, George Pataki of international law firm Chadbourne & Parke told a conference titled “Renewable Energy Opportunities in Turkey” in Washington, D.C., last week.

Sharing his views on the issue with the Anatolia news agency, Pataki, also a former New York governor, said Turkey is looking to finalize projects worth $80 billion for electricity generation within the next 10 years. Underlining that demand for energy is increasing in Turkey every passing year, he said electricity generation has come to the fore as one of the most prominent issues to be addressed in the short run.

Noting that some firms from the US are keen to enter the Turkish energy market, Pataki said the two countries could further cooperate in this field. “Both nations have intensified their quest to make better use of clean energy and we are going through an exciting period in this regard … and we have numerous opportunities ahead.”

Mentioning a recent meeting with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Pataki said Erdogan was also aware of the current shortcomings in renewable energy. The Turkish government is enthusiastic about reducing its dependency on foreign energy sources. He emphasized that future clean energy projects will benefit both the environment and the economy in Turkey.

13/04/2010 Source Today’s Istanbul

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