Gulf countries could save $10bn with smart grid


ME Construction News notes that one of the pioneering entities to reflect change and innovation in smart grid is the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). The Authority invests heavily in innovation in the field of renewable and clean energy technology, and is spearheading developments such as Shams Dubai which connects solar power in homes and buildings to DEWA’s grid, smart applications via smart meters and grids, and the green charger to build the infrastructure and electric-vehicle charging stations. [Dubai announces launch of 21 smart city initiatives]

The project includes the construction of a smart grid model at DEWA’s headquarters, which will include solar panels, an energy storing system (ESS) and integrated operating system.

Vision for clean energy

As a whole, the UAE has a strong focus on fostering innovation in ramping up the development and use of renewable power. The Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 aims to provide 7% of Dubai’s energy from clean energy sources by 2020, 25% by 2030, and ultimately 75% by 2050.

It is reported that that electricity price reforms in Dubai and throughout the UAE, electricity price reforms are underway that are supportive of distributed generation and the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy has a target for all rooftops in the city to produce solar energy by 2030. [Dubai extends smart city efforts with EV charging stations]

Other GCC countries have also been playing a key role in the global shift towards renewable energy and have been heavily investing in major solar and wind power projects worldwide, as well as adopting innovative and increasingly cost-competitive technologies in their own domestic markets.

The Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) has commissioned the first ever 400kV super grid that connects the power network of the GCC countries. In a bid to combat the risk of blackouts on each national grid and share energy resources, GCCIA linked the electrical power network of all its member states.

The GCCIA promotes reliable, competitive and sustainable electrical transmission services and the successful implementation of the GCC smart grid project has brought to the foray suggestions focusing on the interconnection of GCCIA to other regional and global grids.