The outputs of “Smart Grids in Turkey: A Roadmap towards 2023”, launched in the strategic partnership of ELDER and GAZBIR, will be evaluated in the ICSG Istanbul 2018, which will be held on April 25th and 26th at Istanbul Congress Center. Informing us of the details about the project, ELDER President Serhat Çeçen stresses that they continue to carry out projects to raise the awareness of energy saving and make life easier for users.
The 6th International Istanbul Smart Grids and Cities Congress and Fair, which will be support by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning, the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, and the Energy Market Regulatory Authority, and organized as part of the strategic partnership between ELDER and GAZ-BIR, will be held on April 25th and 26th, 2018 at Istanbul Congress Center.
“Smart Grids in Turkey: A Roadmap towards 2023” will be evaluated as part of a special session during the Congress. The Roadmap was launched by electricity distribution companies under the coordination of the EMRA, and its outputs will be shared by the EMRA in March.
ELDER President Serhat Çeçen presented following evaluations about the project before the Congress: “Today, like many other areas, turning information technologies into smart solutions is key to energy saving. More widespread utilization of technology in the field of energy, increased consumption efficiency and constant reduction of renewable energy production costs are anticipated to enable a serious amount of energy saving on the global scale. “Smart Grids in Turkey: A Roadmap towards 2023” Project aims to ensure consumers’ active inclusion in the electricity market, contribute to increase the share of renewable energy in production and improve energy quality. Updates about the project are available at www.akillisebekelerturkiye.org/ website. The final report for the project will be released to the public as of 2018, and its outputs will be comprehensively evaluated together with all stakeholders at the ICSG 2018.”
Mr. Serhat Çeçen stated that they were willing to finish the project as soon as possible, and he expressed their wish to see the highest possible level of participation by the local and national technology companies in this strategic project, which would serve as the roadmap for Turkey’s transition to smart grids. Mr. Çeçen further spoke about the project as follows: “Turkey is undergoing a drastic change and transformation regarding smart grids. This change or transformation is both technological and structural, and there is a broad variety of products and services needed through this process. The transition to smart grids will offer many advantages to the Turkish electricity industry, environment, and consumers in particular. Among the primary advantages are power supply continuity, increased power quality and grid durability, and self-repairing grids. We are aiming the highest possible level of participation by the local and national technology companies in the ‘Smart Grids in Turkey: A Roadmap towards 2023’ project, the outputs of which will be evaluated in the ICSG Istanbul 2018. The primary outputs of the project include a cost-benefit analysis of the transition to smart grids. The project describes the priorities of smart grid technologies as well as a basic framework and roadmap concerning those priorities. On the other hand, given the fact that ICSG Istanbul 2018 is a platform where the state-of-art technology products and services in this context, I believe the B2B meetings will enable new business cooperation opportunities. Our country offers a great investment potential for many industries, and I expect foreign participants to see clearly the investment potential of our homeland. Therefore, as an event, the ICSG Istanbul 2018 has the highest potential to become the first step towards new business cooperation opportunities and investments…”

Ongoing Projects by ELDER
Mr. Çeçen also mentioned other ongoing projects carried out by ELDER and told: “We are in active cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, EMRA, the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, and the VQA (Vocational Qualifications Authority) to ensure that electricity distribution operations are carried out by certified professionals in line with standards. ELDER has been accredited by TÜRKAK (Turkish Accreditation Agency) and VQA as a certification agency to contribute to efforts for increasing the highly-qualified and certified labor within the electricity distribution industry. Moreover, thanks to the E-Breakdown application we launched to take measures against power outages and share information during an outage, our consumers are able to monitor planned outages before 48 hours. In addition, with ‘Our Rights as Consumers in the Electricity Market: Consumer’s Handbook’, which includes each and every detail from power generation to utilization, connections to breakdowns and bills, we are presenting the A to Z of electricity to our consumers and stakeholders, explaining every process and detail in a clear language.”
Mr. Çeçen further informed us about the Peakapp project, which qualified for a European Union grant as part of the Horizon 2020: “With the PeakApp project, we will encourage consumers to save power by enabling them to monitor their electricity consumption on a mobile app. Thanks to the PeakApp, the consumers will observe their electricity consumption figures, compare those figures with those of other consumers and be able to see saving opportunities."