Dewa to enhance Dubai’s electrical grid
Dubai, May 5, 2014
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has signed a contract with CESI Middle East, a global leader in engineering, to provide consultancy services related to connecting renewable energy generators to the Dewa grid.
According to the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, 71 per cent of Dubai’s total power output will come from gas, 12 per cent from nuclear power, 12 per cent from clean coal and 5 per cent from solar power, said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dewa.
“Dewa is actively contributing to building Dubai as a Smart City through three new smart initiatives to achieve Sustainable Development in the Emirate of Dubai.
“These three initiatives are firstly, solar panels on roofs. To encourage households and building owners to install photovoltaic solar panels to produce electricity and use it locally in buildings, Dewa will connect these panels to the grid and buy any excess generated; encouraging the use of renewable energy and increasing its share in the energy mix.
“Secondly, Smart Grids and Smart Applications will speed up connections and ensure faster response through immediate reconnection, while conserving the smart consumption using smart meters to enhance happiness and prosperity of all citizens and residents, promoting resources sustainability. Thirdly, Dewa will construct and install Charging Stations for electric vehicles. The infrastructure and locations will be identified in coordination with the relevant authorities. This initiative puts Dubai as the first in the region and promotes the emirate’s role in energy sustainability,” added Al Tayer.
“CESI is honored to assist Dewa with this strategic step in the development of Dubai’s Energy Strategy,” said Dr Matteo Codazzi, chief executive officer of CESI.
“This agreement clearly proves that Dewa strongly supports making renewable energy a key component of the Emirate’s energy supply mix, reflecting a praiseworthy long-term commitment to significant investments that will maximize the potential of its power grid.
“Leveraging on its established expertise in the Middle East, and on its global network of skilled professionals, CESI will help Dewa in ensuring that the integration of renewable energy projects best serves the goals of the Government’s green agenda, through further contributing to the energy stability and sustainability of the region.”
“The main objectives of the project are to assist Dewa with launching its distributed renewable connection program and further stabilizing Dubai’s energy supply,” Codazzi said.
“In three stages, CESI will provide strategic counsel on numerous components of grid management and distributed renewable connectivity to solar energy from Dewa’s distribution grid, and will create Dewa’s in-house ability to manage the interaction of its grid with renewable energy projects,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service