Countries in the region make tireless efforts to strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of the conventional and renewable energy sector, which plays a key role in advancing the sustainable development. The UAE is leading regional and global efforts in this area. Represented by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority ( DEWA ), the UAE has achieved significant achievements. The latest of such achievements is being ranked fourth globally and first in the Middle East and North Africa for the second consecutive year for getting electricity as per the World Bank’s Doing Business 2015 report.
“We have achieved one of the best results globally in customer minutes lost per year. DEWA ‘s figures reached 4.9 minutes, compared to 15 minutes recorded by leading international utilities. Losses in power transmission and distribution networks to 3.26%, compared to 6-7% in Europe and the USA,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA .
” DEWA enhances Dubai’s electricity and water infrastructure to cope with the rapid developments in all areas in the Emirate. Currently, DEWA ‘s installed capacity is 9,656MW of electricity and 470 MIGD of desalinated water daily. DEWA has approved a total budget of AED22.873 billion for 2015, compared to AED20.56 billion in 2014. This budget has been dedicated to DEWA ‘s development programmes and projects across all sectors, including developing Dubai’s infrastructure. This will increase the efficiency, reliability, and effectiveness of energy and water services to meet the requirements of Dubai’s sustainable and comprehensive development,” added Al Tayer.
DEWA adopts the latest technologies in periodic examination of infrastructure and network maintenance, according to the highest international standards. DEWA follows the latest technologies to ensure the highest levels of availability, reliability, and efficiency of all its services. It follows a work mechanism that conforms to global standards and supported by manufacturers for periodic maintenance of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. This is done using the state-of-the-art equipment to locate the location of a power outages and repair it immediately.
” DEWA has simplified the procedures for getting electricity in Dubai by reducing the number of steps from four to three steps. This was done by implementing effective programmes to make it easier for all sectors to get electricity. We have streamlined the service application and the calculation of connection cost according to the required electricity load. Electricity connection is done in three steps. These are: Application for getting electricity and connection cost, completing field work, technical inspection and connection,” said Rashid bin Humaidan, Executive Vice President of Distribution Power at DEWA .
“According to the United Nations, world cities occupy only 2% of the land area, but are responsible for 60 to 80% of energy use and 75% of carbon emissions. This requires that cities and its organisations to adopt the latest technologies in infrastructure management, and apply global best practices to enhance the rational use of natural resources within all sectors,” added Humaidan.
DEWA adopts the latest advanced and most effective technologies to cope with the developments in the ICT sector that supports the infrastructure of smart cities. The Smart Meters system that DEWA has introduced supports operations of the electricity sector and is one of the most effective technologies in developing the energy sector.
What makes smart meters important in the electricity system us that they depend on a smart system that collects data in a centralised system, and allows automating a wide range of services including billing, shipping, delivery, managing electrical loads, and multiple tariff services demand management. It also has the ability to store usage data very accurately, in addition to its sophisticated features in monitoring technical faults and service interruption.