ANKARA – Bloomberg

Turkish government passed legislation to make it easier to sell state-run power generators in an effort to increase the country's electricity supply. Parliament approved changes to the electricity-markets law late Wednesday, said Nafiz Kaya, spokesman for the Ankara-based Energy Market Regulatory Authority, or EPDK. The law provides purchase guarantees for generators and incentives to build new plants, which are aimed at making state-run power plants more attractive, he said. The government is selling power plants and distribution grids in an attempt to boost investment and increase capacity to stave off power shortages as early as next year. The law calls for the Energy Ministry to ensure supply security, according to the text of the draft law. Incentives for non-state companies to create more generating capacity include discounted transmission fees for power plants built within five years or for those that are started with resources found locally, the text said. It calls for importing electricity during shortfalls, and factories that generate power for their own consumption will now be able to sell some of it to other consumers. It also allows for the cancellation of generation licenses issued to companies that fail to build power plants in a bid to force more capacity to come online. The law also creates rules for competitive bidding for wind-power licenses to encourage the use of alternative energy. Botaş, the government's pipeline company, will be able to form international partnerships and join projects overseas, according to the draft law. Botaş imports almost all of the natural gas Turkey consumes, and the fuel is used to fire half of its plants.