Turkey’s energy regulator has updated the tender rules for determining eligible bidders for grid connections during pre-license applications for wind and solar power plants. Tenders are held by Turkish Electricity Transmission Company if multiple applications are made for the same region. The updates specifically clarify that tenders will be held where applications exceed the declared capacity for the connection grid.

The Regulation on Tenders for Pre-License Applications for Wind or Solar Power Plants (“Regulation”) was published in Official Gazette number 30065 on 13 May 2017, entering into effect on the same date.

Key changes and clarifications introduced by the Regulation include:

– Bids will now be evaluated based on “the lowest price offer”, rather than “the highest contribution rate offer”. If the same price is offered, an underbidding method will apply.

– If capacity is allocated for a price less than zero, the participant must now pay a participation fee based on the net electricity power which will be generated by the units to be built, including the ones built for the capacity increase.

– A tender procedure will apply for Energy Market Regulatory Authority decisions adopted before 13 May 2017 to determine the right owners of intersecting facilities and the bids will be evaluated based on Wind Power Plant Contribution Fees paid.

Please see this link for full text of the Regulation (only available in Turkish).

Information first published in the MA | Gazette, a fortnightly legal update newsletter produced by Moroğlu Arseven.