Dubai energy demand raised by 10% in 2021 from 2020; DEWA CEO

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has revealed that energy demand in Dubai increased in 2021 by around 10 percent compared to 2020.

Energy demand in 2021 was 50,202 gigawatt-hours, up from 45,712 gigawatt-hours in 2020, and to achieve sustainable and comprehensive development in Dubai, DEWA continues to raise the production capacity of electricity and water as well as increase the efficiency of the transmission and distribution networks.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA said that DEWA’s production capacity increased to 13,417 megawatts of electricity and 490 million imperial gallons of desalinated water per day. DEWA is considered one of the best and most reputable utilities in the world, surpassing top utilities in Europe and the USA in terms of efficiency and reliability.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer

“DEWA uses the latest smart technologies and scientific planning to keep in pace with the increased energy demand in Dubai, in line with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Dubai has proactively benefited from the Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies and implemented robust precautionary measures to ensure business continuity. This vision has contributed to Dubai presenting a global role model in readiness to deal with different challenges and turn them into promising opportunities.”

In 2020, DEWA reduced losses in electricity transmission and distribution networks to 3.3 percent, compared to 6-7 percent recorded in Europe and the USA. Water network losses decreased to 5.1 percent, compared to around 15 percent in North America. DEWA achieved a new world record in electricity Customer Minutes Lost (CML) per year, recording 1.66 minutes in Dubai, compared to around 15 minutes recorded by leading electricity companies in the European Union.

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