Germany, Turkey, and Russia: Strange Energy Bedfellows

February 23, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Partnerships and Conflicts

The recent Munich Security Conference brought together – as it does every year – important decision-makers in international politics, including heads of state and government along with foreign and defense ministers to discuss “hot” foreign and security policy issues.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'We Are Now Going to Focus Our Energy Sources in Other Directions'

December 7, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy Sources and Choices

Gazprom will no longer move forward with the South Stream pipeline project due to European opposition. Russian President Putin made the announcement after meeting with Turkish President Erdogan, saying the countries would cooperate on the possibility of creating a gas trading hub on the Turkish-Greek border.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'As the Regional Global Energy Picture Evolves, Turkey's Strategic Location is a Major, Major Asset'

November 29, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Turkey's Strategic Location

Vice President Joe Biden recently addressed the Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul, Turkey where he discussed numerous topics related to European energy security. Biden began his talk with the situation in Ukraine and Russia’s use of energy as a political tool.[read more]

Five Chinas & the Cartoon Guide to Climate Change

June 25, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Growth and Carbon Emissions


In the past six weeks, Lindsey and I have biked across Turkey, talking to people about climate change. While a summary of our impressions can be found in this blog post, what struck us the most is how much new infrastructure, and especially power plants, Turkey is building.[read more]

Reflections on Climate Change After Biking Across Turkey

June 18, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Turkey and Climate Change

I'm writing this blog entry from Batumi, Georgia, sitting on a beach chair and gazing across the Black Sea. This morning we left Turkey and entered Georgia, where we quickly realized just how much Turkish we had learned in our six weeks in the country.[read more]

Nearly Everyone We Talk to In Turkey Says It's Getting Warmer. Is It?

June 9, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Turkey and Global Warming

Through Google translate and an extremely basic command of the Turkish language, we have been asking people as we travel if the climate has changed where they live. We've been surprised by how unanimous the response is: nearly everyone says that it is warmer than it once was.[read more]

The Future of Energy in Turkey, Part II

June 2, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Turkey's Energy Future

When in Istanbul, we visited the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and learned about Turkey's plan is to expand renewables, nuclear power, coal, and hydropower. In Ankara, we met with advocates and experts, and gained a fuller appreciation for Turkey's energy and climate future.[read more]

The Future of Energy in Turkey

May 20, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Turkey's Energy Future

Turkey's economy has transformed over the past few decades. In 1960 the country's GDP per capita was just over $250, roughly the level of the poorest country on earth today. Now the average Turk is more than 40 times wealthier. Turkey is, by many standards, a developed nation.[read more]

Turkish Coal Tragedy Puts Emphasis on Transition to Clean Energy

May 17, 2014 by Justin Guay

Tukey and Energy Safety

In what's being deemed the worst mining disaster in Turkey's history, more than 240 miners have been killed and countless more are still missing following a power transformer explosion that triggered a blazing underground fire at a Soma Komur Isletmeleri mine in Western Turkey.[read more]

Istanbul to Ankara: 5 Days, 270 Miles

May 14, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Traveling in Turkey

From Istanbul to Ankara was 430 km (270 miles) with 5,000 m (17,000 feet) of climbing. Not a crazy ride, but doing it in five days on heavy bikes, with basically no training, was a challenge. We have learned a thing or two about pacing ourselves and look forward to getting rid of some extra weight.[read more]

Powering Our Urban Future: Spotlight on Turkey

March 10, 2014 by Marianne Lavelle

Turkey and Urban Future

Istanbul is a perfect setting for a close look at the energy and sustainability challenges of our increasingly urban planet. With 14 million people, Istanbul is the largest city in Europe. But energy demand across Turkey is growing at a rate more typical of much of Asia–about 45 percent per year.[read more]

Turkish Solar Energy Capacity Gets a Big Boost

August 9, 2013 by Nigel Morris

From the small, ancient Turkish town of Burdur comes exciting news in solar today. Burdur happens to be one of the oldest settlements in the world. How ironic that such a place has become home to the largest roof mounted solar system in this country.[read more]

Ushering in a Hydrogen Economy

December 15, 2011 by Charles Arthur

Making It interview with Dr. Mustafa Hatipoğlu, managing director of the International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies (ICHET), a UNIDO project supported by the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.[read more]

Japan Searches For Nuclear Export Deals

September 1, 2011 by Dan Yurman

The hunt is on in Vietnam, Turkey, and elsewhereYoshihiko Noda, new prime minister of Japan (Photo: Wikipedia) The Japanese government, in close cooperation with some of the nation’s largest heavy industrial manufacturers, is seeking to export Japan’s nuclear technologies, products, and services despite the loss of six reactors on...[read more]

Turkey Trots Out Toshiba to Try for Sinop

February 8, 2011 by Dan Yurman

Negotiations with South Korea failed to produce a deal The Financial Times reports that Toshiba is “confident” it will seal a deal to build a 5.4 GWe nuclear energy power station on a Black Sea coastal site near Sinop. According to the FT, Norio Sasaki, Toshiba’s president, told the newspaper terms and conditions that remain to be...[read more]