Abu Dhabi gives facts to encourage conservation

Regulator to reveal real cost of electricity and water to consumers.

Abu Dhabi could soon be scaling down its subsidies on electricity and water.
Abu Dhabi could soon be scaling down its subsidies on electricity and water.

Abu Dhabi’s Regulation and Supervision Bureau (RSB), the regulatory body for the water, wastewater and electricity sector, will add information about the actual cost of electricity and water to utility bills come January.

With this measure, the RSB aims to raise awareness amongst consumers about the extent of which electricity and water is subsidised, so encouraging conservation and potentially paving the way for tariffs increases.

The agency has already releases illustrations pointing out the gap between bills and the actual costs of water and electricity. They reveal that Emirati households pay nearly 86 percent less than the actual cost, and expatriates nearly 50 percent less.

The discrepancy between actual costs and bills has been termed “waived cost” by the RSB. Nick Carter, director general at the agency, has made it clear that those waived costs will not decrease for now, as subsidies will remain in place in full.

“There’s a big gap between what it costs to get water and electricity to customers, and the amount they actually pay. We have released information about this generous gap because we want to help customers better understand and visualize the real value of what they consume,” said Carter.

“This is the start of an education process that we believe will get people to take more care over what they consume,” he added.

“The RSB’s information will help customers better understand their consumption, and this plays a useful role in bringing the Emirate’s long-term sustainability vision to life,” said Ahmed Saeed Al Mureikhi, chairman and managing director of the Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC), the government-owned entity in charge of delivering electricity.


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