Wednesday 27 January 2021
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said Dubai recorded 1.66 minutes, the lowest Customer Minutes Lost (CML) per year in the world in 2020.
This includes the lowest electricity transmission and distribution network line losses of 3.2%, and the lowest water network losses of 5.36%.
The UAE and Dubai have established sustainable development and energy security as key priorities, with a vision for the UAE to become the world’s leading nation by 2071. This focus has resulted in the UAE achieving world-class results in projects that support sustainable development and combat climate change.
Dubai is working to achieve the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2050. One of the major projects is the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which will be the largest single-site solar park in the world with a planned capacity of 5,000 MW by 2030 from both photovoltaic and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technologies.
The first three phases of the solar park are operational with a capacity of 1,013 MW. About 1,850 MW is currently under construction.
DEWA has attracted huge investments from the private sector with the Independent Power Producer model. This has created opportunities and helped the solar park achieve the lowest prices for solar power projects five times in a row.
On completion, the project will have the world's largest global thermal storage capacity of 15 hours.
Clean energy's share grew to 9% of Dubai’s energy mix in 2020, exceeding the target of 7%. Dubai also exceeded the target of the Carbon Abatement Strategy two years ahead of the deadline. Carbon emissions in Dubai decreased by 22% in 2019, compared to the strategy’s target to reduce 16% of emissions by 2021.
Fuel-use efficiency in DEWA’s power plants reached 90%, with a cumulative improvement of 31.4% since 2006. DEWA also exceeded the targets for Demand Side Management for both electricity and water.