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The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea) has announced the introduction of changes to its water and electricity services tariffs starting in January 2017.Adwea and its two subsidiaries Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC), and Al Ain Distribution Company (AADC) will implement the changes as part of a tariff restructure in effect since the beginning of 2015 supporting initiatives aimed at environmental protection and sustainable growth. [Dubai utility extends EE campaign to commercial customers]

According to Utilities-me.com, the amended tariff reflects the actual cost of supplying water and electricity to all categories of customers in Abu Dhabi in line with the policy of natural resources conservation in place in the emirate.

A spokesperson for Adwea stated: “Sustainability and encouraging people to reconsider their consumption behaviour of water and electricity are part and parcel of the fundamental principles of the emirate’s growth for the benefit of the future generations.”

Demand side management

Distribution companies, ADDC and AADC, also launched a demand side management programme, ‘Conservation and Efficient Use of Water and Electricity,’ earlier this year to help their customers use water and electricity resources efficiently. [Smart city developments in Dubai and India]

The primary aim of the programme is to educate the public on how to adopt the best conservation practices and technologies and to maintain them on regular basis to ensure their operation efficiency.

Ideal consumption and inefficient consumption levels are indicated in green and red bands on all residential bills respectively.

In related news, in February this year, Dubai Design District (D3) introduced 21 smart city initiatives, contributing to Dubai’s ambitions to become the ‘world’s smartest city’ by 2017.

The announcement was made after D3’s hosting of the third annual Internet of Things World forum in December, demonstrating the smart city initiatives envisioned for the emirate, according to Gulf Business.

Initiatives will include the introduction of smart city services and facilities such as smart parking meters, smart energy meters, smart waste management and smart access control systems.

As a member of the Tecom Group, a software developer in broadcasting and telecommunications, D3 will launch the initiatives in conjunction with the Dubai Water and Electricity Authority, the Roads and Transport Authority and Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (EMPOWER).

D3 said that the projects will spur sustainability, resource management, energy efficiency and innovative ways of utilising data through data visualisation.