DEWA announces first regional VPP system


Duba Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has partnered with Canadian smart grid solutions company Enbala to build the first Virtual Power Plant (VPP) in the region.

The aim is to maximise the value of distributed energy resources in the region to help peak shaving energy balancing and frequency regulation on the grid.

The pilot is also partnered by DEWA’s Research and Development Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park and Enbala.

“We are working to achieve the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world, and fulfil the objectives of the UAE Centennial 2071, the UAE Vision 2021, and the Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai a smart and sustainable city,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

“In line with DEWA’s vision to become a globally leading sustainable innovative corporation, we seek to shape the future of the local, regional, and global energy sectors. We will do this by keeping pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution and adopting innovative disruptive technologies to anticipate and shape the future of energy. The virtual power plant will increase renewable energy integration capabilities, supporting the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to produce 75% of Dubai’s total energy from clean energy sources.”

“Within the world of distributed energy management, this is a very exciting and game-changing project. We are honoured to be a part of this far-reaching initiative that is sure to take energy sustainability to new levels. The world will be watching DEWA’s clean energy initiatives with great interest,” said Trent Bowers, Chief Commercial Officer of Enbala.