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DEWA ups budget to increase clean energy use

Steve Rogerson
January 5, 2016
The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has approved a total budget of AED23.6bn for 2016, up from AED22.9bn in 2015, to adopt the best and latest clean energy technologies across all its operations.
The budget aims to ensure a reliable supply of electricity and water to meet Dubai’s development plans in all its operations, in particular by providing electricity and water at the highest levels of reliability, efficiency, safety and sustainability.
DEWA has also launched strategic projects worth over AED27bn that use the independent power producer model to leverage public-private partnerships and build new capacity in renewable energy and diversify the Emirate’s energy mix in the long-term.
"This budget for 2016 is aligned to the directives of our visionary leadership, and will meet all the requirements of DEWA’s projects, operational facilities, ambitious initiatives in electricity and water, and all smart grid projects and services that will contribute to supporting DEWA’s service delivery, smoothly, easily and efficiently, to all Dubai’s customers,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.
He said DEWA had assigned part of the budget to support its drive to promote initiatives in smart services to make Dubai the “happiest city in the world” in line with the Smart Dubai initiative.
“DEWA is one of the leading government departments in terms of adopting and launching smart initiatives and services, and it achieved a 100 per cent smart transformation of its services in 2014, through various applications and channels, to reach its customers smoothly and easily in accordance with a crystal-clear strategy implementing state-of-the-art technologies and developments in terms of smart governments and cities,” said Al Tayer.
DEWA has also assigned a large part of the budget to clean-energy-related projects in support of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75 per cent of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy. This could make Dubai’s carbon footprint the lowest in the world.
Most prominent of these projects are the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park and the Shams Dubai project to encourage building owners to install photovoltaic panels to generate electricity from solar energy and connect it to DEWA’s grid. DEWA has also budgeted for research and development, and research and innovation in renewable energy. All these will promote sustainable development in the UAE.
The sum of AED8.7bn will be allocated to capital expenditure and projects, compared with AED8bn in 2015. The 2016 budget includes a number of key projects, including AED2.9bn in generation, AED3.4bn in power transmission, AED1.2bn in power distribution, and AED1.0bn in water and civil, in addition to other amounts totalling AED95m.
Other projects include building nine new 132kV substations at a cost of AED775m. AED1.5bn has been allocated to the extension of 256km of 132kV cables, and other power transmission and distribution projects and smart communications networks.
To increase water storage capacity at DEWA, AED245m will be budgeted to build two water reservoirs at Al Nakhly, and a further AED50m to build a water pumping station on the Dubai-Al Ain road, as well as other water transmission and distribution projects.
DEWA's operational budget for 2016 is AED14.2bn compared with AED13.5bn in 2015, while the administrative capital budget is AED770m.”
“DEWA’s budget is aligned to the UAE Vision 2021 and Dubai Plan 2021, which sets a roadmap, including ambitious initiatives and development projects that combine economic and commercial growth with clean energy and sustainable environment, all of which will make Dubai a smart, sustainable and integrated city that ensures resources sustainability, energy efficiency and green innovation, for generations to come,” said Al Tayer.