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DEWA contracts CESI to prepare for renewables rise

Italy-based consultancy to help ready Dubai grid for arrival of more solar.

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a contract with CESI Middle East to help the ready Dubai’s transmission and distribution network for the rise in renewable energy.

The Italy-based international consultancy will provide training for DEWA’s engineers, and propose improvements in operation policies and protocols to enhance availability and reliability, and incorporate new tools and applications to improve transmission systems operation management.

"We are glad to work with CESI to ensure that the network is ready for the increase of renewable energy in Dubai’s energy mix, and to provide training for DEWA’s engineers," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.

"Last month, we increased the percentage of required renewable energy to 7% by 2020, and 15 percent by 2030.

“This, coupled with our initiative to allow customers to install PV panels to produce electricity in buildings, requires incorporating new technologies into the network to guarantee that it copes with the increased renewable energy target," added Al Tayer.

"DEWA has achieved global competitive results in efficiency and reliability, surpassing leading European and American companies by reducing losses in power transmission and distribution networks to 3.46%, compared to 6-7% in Europe and the USA.

“DEWA’s results are among the best internationally for customer minutes lost per year. DEWA’s figures reached 4.9 minutes in 2014, compared to 15 minutes recorded by leading utilities in the European Union," concluded Al Tayer.

Matteo Codazzi, Chief Executive Officer of CESI, said: "In line with the vision of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to transform the UAE into a smart, green economy, we aim to maximise DEWA’s in-house ability leveraging our established network of skilled professionals.

“This will ensure that DEWA’s integration of energy practices best support the nation’s green agenda. This will be a milestone in the evolutionary direction of the way electricity is transmitted. Our collaboration will be a model for public-private partnerships that contribute to energy stability and sustainability."

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