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Geostrategic Renewable Energy Transition in Turkey : Organizational Strategies Towards an Energy Autonomous Future

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Dolunay, Özge:
Geostrategic Renewable Energy Transition in Turkey : Organizational Strategies Towards an Energy Autonomous Future.
In: Politics and Governance. Vol. 8 (2020) Issue 3 . - pp. 199-210.
ISSN 2183-2463
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v8i3.2968

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The geographical location of Turkey in the Asia Minor places the country in a delicate geostrategic position determined by its history, ideological structure, politics and energy economy. The Turkish government has defined its main energy strate- gies with the goal of reaching 30% renewables by 2023. Key strategies declared are the prioritization of energy supply security, the consideration of environmental concerns, and an increase in efficiency and productivity through the estab- lishment of transparent and competitive market conditions through reform and liberalization. This article analyses the re- newable energy (RE) transition of Turkey from a fully centralised energy management model towards a system of partially centralization through the unbundling of utility companies. Analysis will utilize Michael Mann’s theory on the four sources of social power as an alternative organizational means of social control and the interrelations of ideological, economic, political and military power. The recent history of Turkey’s RE transition and government plans for sector development will be investigated from a socio-spatial and organizational perspective. Furthermore, the way in which these socio-spatial relations have been shaping electricity market liberalization and the preparedness of the state to share its power with non-state actors is discussed. The potential of a centralised RE management model to inspire ‘decentralised’ RE manage- ment in other geographies is considered. In conclusion, key factors in the organisation of the (de)centralised electricity transitions are found to be dependent on history, geography, and overlapping relations of social power.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Decentralization; Development; Electricity market; Energy transition; Renewable energy; Social power; Turkey
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Social and Population Geography
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Social and Population Geography > Chair Social and Population Geography - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Eberhard Rothfu�
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Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
900 History and geography
Date Deposited: 05 May 2021 08:21
Last Modified: 19 May 2021 08:47
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/65093