DNV GL to study Saudi power consumption
Company wins $2.5mn project to examine how electricity is used in KSA.
DNV GL has been chosen by Saudi Electricity Co-Generation Regulatory Authority (ECRA) and the Saudi Electric Company (SEC) to develop a programme to study how electricity is consumed in Saudi Arabia.
In a $2.5mn project that will be carried over the next 20 months, DNV GL will be working closely with various stakeholders to develop a comprehensive understanding of power consumption patterns across the Kingdom.
The research team will collect data on the stock of appliances and end uses within each customer sector, including hourly data on customers’ demand for energy both at the customer whole-facility level and most importantly, at the end-use level.
Mohammed Atif, DNV GL’s regional manager Middle East for energy, says: “DNV GL is very excited to bring in our global energy expertise into this world-class project, and we commend ECRA and SEC for taking this bold step to better understand the energy use of their customers and to unveil the potential of energy efficiency in the region.”
Electricity demand in Saudi Arabia has more than doubled since 2000 and is anticipated to continue increasing rapidly, at an average rate of more than 8% per year for the next ten years.
The surge in power consumption is prompting the country to pursue a number of supply and demand side options. Among these options, energy efficiency offers significant potential to cost effectively offset demand growth.
To get the most out of its energy efficiency investments, Saudi Arabia needs to understand how electricity is being consumed in both residential and non-residential sectors.