A unique code system has been introduced in Turkey to identify electricity consumption points, as well as for registering these points to the central Market Management System. Public entities can also now execute agreements directly with electric distribution companies for certain electricity use. The Regulation Introducing Changes to the Electricity Market Consumer Services Regulation (“Amendment Regulation”) was published in Official Gazette number 29635 on 25 February 2016, entering into effect on the same date.
Changes introduced by the Amendment Regulation include:
- Electricity distribution companies must now use a unique code for each electricity consumption point and for registering this consumption point to the Market Management System. Electricity supply companies must add the relevant code information to their invoices by 1 April 2016.
- For consumers who have their electricity disconnected due to non-payment, the notice must now also include:
- Seal information and registration number of the worker who cut the electricity, or
- The unique code for their particular consumption point.
- Certain facilities with fixed electricity consumption can now ask to execute retail sales agreements, bilateral agreements and/or invoicing, without obtaining metering equipment. If the distribution company agrees, invoicing will be based on a mutually agreed figure. Qualifying facilities are electricity facilities used (or allowed to be used) by public entities for:
- Advertisements, announcements and promotions.
- Electronic communication or public safety.
Please see this link for full text of the Amendment Regulation (only available in Turkish).
Information first published in the MA | Gazette, a fortnightly legal update newsletter produced by Moroğlu Arseven.