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Development of Eligible Consumers in Turkish Electricity Market

11 May 2012

One of the key factors of the liberalization in Turkish Electricity Market is the number of eligible consumers who are purchasing electricity less than the regulated tariff prices. Since 2003, every year, EMRA (Turkish Energy Market Authority) is decreasing the limit of becoming an eligible consumer and with the last amendment in 2012, the limit is set to 25 000 kWh/year. 

Table - Development of the eligible consumer limit

Source: EMRA / Editing: ENF Energy Consultancy

In parallel with decreasing the limit, the number of eligible consumers in the market is increased rapidly and as of 01 May 2012, the number of eligible consumers is reached to 46 948 with a number of 180 951 meters. The development of eligible consumers and their number of meters are given below;

Graph: Development of Eligible Consumers and their meters

Source: PMUM / Editing: ENF Energy Consultancy

As seen the above graph, since December 2009, the growth of eligible consumers were very rapid. However, in the month of February 2012, due to supply crisis of natural gas in Turkey and the new amendment on the electricity market balancing and settlement regulation, some of the electricity wholesale companies fell into default due to high electricity prices, resulting 13 000 meters are taken out from the free market. Evaluation of above data gives us another different fact which the ratio of meters per eligible consumer. Development of the meter per eligible consumer ratio graph is given below;

Graph: Development of Meters per Eligible Consumer Ratio

Source: PMUM / Editing: ENF Energy Consultancy

As seen in the graph, the ratio of meters per consumer was reached to 14 on June 2010 and began to decrease continuously till May,2012. This trend shows us that, as the limit goes down, more and more consumers are using their rights and purchasing electricity from the free market, and also the size of the average eligible consumer consumption is decreasing.

Author: A.Gökhan Gökdoğan - ENF Energy Consultancy