Hydropower potential in Turkey

Kaygusuz K.

ENERGY SOURCES, vol.21, no.7, pp.581-588, 1999 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00908319950014524
  • Journal Name: ENERGY SOURCES
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.581-588
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: No


Turkey has a total hydropower potential of 433 GW that is equal to 1.2% of the total hydropower potential of the world and to 14% of European hydropower potential. Only 125 GW of the total hydroelectric potential of Turkey can be economically used By the commissioning of new hydropower plants, which ape under construction, 34% of the economically usable potential of the country would be capped. At the present, hydropower energy is an important energy source for Turkey due to ifs useful characteristics such as being renewable, clean, and less impactful on the environment, and a cheap and domestic energy source.