World’s Lowest Electricity & Water Losses In Dubai City
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced that Dubai recorded 1.66 minutes: the lowest Customer Minutes Lost (CML) per year in the world; the lowest electricity transmission- and distribution-network-line losses of 3.2%, and the lowest water-network losses of 5.36%.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA revealed that, “In Dubai, we are working to achieve the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2050. One of our major projects to achieve this is the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. This will be the largest single-site solar park in the world with a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030 from both photovoltaic and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technologies. The first three phases of the Solar Park are now operational with a capacity of 1,013MW,” said Al Tayer.
“We have 1,850MW currently under construction towards our eventual target by 2030. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has attracted huge investments in the UAE from the private sector with the Independent Power Producer model. This has created promising opportunities and helped the solar park achieve the lowest prices for solar power projects, five times in a row. We built the world’s tallest solar power tower at 262.44 metres at the 950MW 4th phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. On its completion, the project will have the world’s largest global thermal storage capacity of 15 hours; allowing for energy availability round the clock.”
Al Tayer noted that Dubai has achieved significant success by exceeding the targets set in the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050. The clean energy share grew to 9% of Dubai’s energy mix; exceeding, the target of 7% by 2020. 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. In addition, DEWA has achieved globally leading performance results. 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.
These achievements show Dubai’s progress in reducing its carbon footprint and supporting the UAE’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to address climate change.