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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced that it will install 270,000 new smart meters across Dubai under phase 3 of its ‘Smart Applications via Smart Grid and Meters’ smart initiative.

The project aims to develop smart infrastructure for electricity transmission and distribution networks, to enhance the speed of service delivery and response.

This will ensure a quick reconnection in case of unplanned service interruption, while rationalising smart energy consumption by monitoring consumption details simultaneously at any time, using smart meters. This in turn, ensures customer satisfaction and happiness and supports the sustainability of resources.

Smart grids provide advanced features including automatic decision-making capabilities and interoperability across the power grid.

Honeywell has been selected by DEWA for the supply and installation of the new smart electricity meters. The partnership between DEWA and Honeywell focuses on promoting smart energy, energy efficiency, and greater sustainability across Dubai through smart infrastructure and systems.

This announcement was made on the first day of the 20th Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2018), organised by DEWA with the theme ‘At the forefront of sustainability’.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of DEWA, said: “During this phase of the project, DEWA cooperates with Honeywell for the installation of 270,000 additional smart electric meters throughout Dubai, bringing the total number of smart meters that will be installed to approximately 700,000. DEWA is set to complete the installation of about 1 million smart electric meters by 2020, covering the entire Emirate and replacing all electro-mechanical meters. The smart grid contributes to DEWA’s strategic goals of conserving the environment and natural resources by rationalising consumption, ensuring the implementation of the Demand Side Management Strategy to reduce energy and water demand by 30% by 2030. The smart grid includes plans and programmes valued at around AED 7 billion, with 11 programmes to be completed in short, medium and long-term phases between 2014 and 2035,” added Al Tayer.

The announcement of the new phase of the smart electricity meters project, in collaboration with Honeywell, during WETEX 2018, is particularly significant given the importance of this global event, which has become the largest and most prominent of its kind in the region, after having established its global stature over two decades as one of the major global events in the field of energy, water, environment and technology. WETEX 2018 spans an area of 78,413 square meters, with more than 2,100 exhibitors from 53 countries.

“Honeywell smart meters enable DEWA to create a smarter power grid, providing smart energy management solutions that drive energy efficiency, operational improvements, and cost savings for DEWA,” said Edwin Meijer, general manager of Smart Energy Business at Honeywell.

It is worth mentioning that DEWA also has an agreement with Itron Silver Spring Networks to establish an AMI communication Radio Frequency Mesh Canopy, while Siemens has completed the Meter Data Management System for its ‘Smart Applications via Smart Grid and Meters’ initiative.