Dewa CEO: Dubai's peak power demand at 6,161MW
Peak demand has risen 275 percent in past 10 years, says Al Tayer.
Consumption of electricity at peak hours has risen almost threefold over the last decade, and now stands at 6,161MW, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) CEO Mohammed Al Tayer has revealed.
Demand for electricity peaks when temperatures rise during the day, and is greatest during the summer months.
In the same timeframe, demand for water has risen from 125 million imperial gallons per day to 283 million imperial gallons per day, said the CEO.
To cope with the increase, Dewa is looking into private sector, said Al Tayer. The authority has already signed up an advisory contract to prepare for Dubai’s first independent power and water projects (IWPP), to be located at Hassyan.
“This milestone comes within the context of creating and developing areas of investment to encourage the private sector's engagement in strategic projects and to establish a business model which depends on the competitiveness and latest available technologies designed to provide the future energy needs of Dubai while considering the environmental aspects.”
Dewa is looking to coal as an energy sources, said the CEO. At the same time, it has signed up to a UN programme aimed at minimising carbon emissions: “We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UN Developmental Programme as part of Dewa’s strategy to provide integrated solutions to reduce carbon emissions in the projects of both public and private sectors in Dubai.”