Historic achievement of generating electricity from clean energy in the UAE

Clean energy projects have supported the electricity capabilities of the Emirate of Dubai in the UAE, which has increased by 300 times over the past 50 years.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s production capacity of electricity increased from 43 megawatts in 1970 to 13,417 megawatts in 2021, an increase of more than 300 times.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, said that the authority has been keen to take into account the environment in all stages of its work, and has worked during these years to raise its dependence on clean and renewable energy.

Dubai strategies

Al Tayer indicated that his authority is working on developing unique experiences that make Dubai a global model in clean energy, water and green economy, and innovating proactive solutions to the challenges of the next 50 years.

Dubai Electricity’s plans come in line with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the carbon neutrality strategy of the Emirate of Dubai 2050, to provide 100% of the energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050 and the goals of the UAE Centennial 2071.

The advanced infrastructure owned by the authority and its adoption of innovation and sound scientific planning have enabled it to keep pace with Dubai’s prosperity and meet the increasing demand for electricity and water according to the highest standards of availability, reliability, efficiency and sustainability.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority - Saeed Al Tayer
CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and Vice Chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy, Saeed Al Tayer

Electricity capabilities in Dubai

The CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority said: “The authority’s total production capacity reaches 13,417 megawatts of electricity, including 1,527 megawatts of renewable energy with solar panel technology in the Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Energy Complex, the largest solar energy complex in one location with an independent product system on the planet. worldwide, and its production capacity will reach 5,000 megawatts by 2030.

He pointed out that the Hassyan complex for the production of electricity with natural gas and the complex of Jebel Ali plants for the production of electricity and water desalination, are among the main pillars for providing the Emirate of Dubai with high-quality electricity and water services.

Water production with clean energy

In his statements, Al Tayer explained that the total water production capacity of the authority is 490 million gallons of water per day. Of these, 63 million gallons were used using reverse osmosis technology, the Emirates News Agency reported.

“We aim to reach 100% of desalinated water production using a mix of clean energy that combines renewable energy sources and waste heat by 2030,” he said.

DEWA adopts the latest technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and disruptive technologies in the field of production, transmission and distribution of electricity and water; The results of the authority outperform the elite European and American companies in many indicators.

Authority’s achievements

The authority has made many achievements; In 2021, the percentage of losses in the electricity transmission and distribution networks in the emirate was 3.3%, compared to 6-7% in Europe and the United States, and the percentage of losses in water networks was 5.3%, compared to 15% in North America.

The authority succeeded in raising the efficiency of fuel use in production units to about 90%, which is one of the best rates in the world, and recorded the lowest average power outage in the world at a rate of 1.43 minutes per subscriber per year in 2021, compared to 15 minutes at elite electricity companies in the European Union countries. .

It is noteworthy that the authority provides its services to the 3.5 million residents of Dubai, in addition to the millions of visitors to Dubai annually. The number of electricity accounts with the authority reached one million and 62 thousand and 476 accounts by the end of 2021, compared to 752 thousand and 505 accounts at the end of 2016, an increase of 41%.

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