DEWA to install 1 million smart meters by 2020
Dubai utility plots major improvement in power and water management in time for World Expo.
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) plans to install one million smart meters across the emirate by 2020, replacing all mechanical and electromechanical meters in time for Expo 2020.
The first phase will see 200,000 smart meters in place and operational by January 2016, the utility has announced.
DEWA’s smart meter initiative is part of a major drive towards enhance electricity and water transmission and distribution networks for the next 10 years.
“Our objective in the transition to become the smartest city in the world is to achieve the happiness of society and provide instant and seamless smart services anytime, anywhere,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
“The smart grid will contribute to the infrastructure by connecting renewable sources of energy and promoting environmental initiatives supported by qualified staff thus building a sustainable future for Dubai.
“Our experience in implementing the smart grid strategy is unique because it is fully-integrated. DEWA has developed the smart grid strategy which is a key component of a smart city. We have developed plans and programmes for demand side management, energy efficiency and operational improvement under the smart grid strategy.
“These programmes include advanced metering infrastructure, asset management, demand-side management, distribution automation, information technology infrastructure, substation automation, system integration, telecommunications, and efficiency, reliability, and availability of energy supplies,” he added.
“One of the most important factors for the success of smart cities is the seamlessness and availability of round-the-clock integrated and connected services that meet daily living requirements. In 2009, DEWA started its smart transformation. It was the first government organisation to achieve a 100% smart transformation, less than a year after the Smart Dubai initiative was announced.”
The smart meter initiative is part of the ‘Smart City’ initiative announced by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, aiming at transforming Dubai into the smartest city in the world within three years.
Smart meters will provide automatic and detailed readings for consumers to monitor actual consumption for a specific period of time to better understand and manage their bills and improve efficient use of electricity.
They send readings automatically using advanced communication media such as fibre optic cables and storing the entire history of all consumption indicators and customer-related operations.
Additionally, smart meters will support renewable sources of energy in residential, commercial, and industrial sectors by comparing supplies from consumption and generation sides.
The smart meters project complements the smart grid project by DEWA to implement a number of technical features in electricity networks, using the latest SCADA systems, smart monitoring and control automation systems to provide electricity and water services to the highest standards of availability, efficiency and reliability.
DEWA launched three smart initiatives to support the ‘Smart City’ initiative. These include the ‘Shams Dubai’ initiative to connect solar power to houses and buildings, ‘Smart Applications’ initiative through smart meters and grids, and the ‘Green Charger’ initiative to develop infrastructure and electric vehicles stations.