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RSB launches energy efficiency projects worth $54.4m

by Rajiv Ravindran Pillai on Jul 18, 2017

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.

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Regulatory & Supervisory Bureau for electricity and water in Dubai (RSB) has launched energy efficiency projects worth $54.4m (AED200m).

According to Dubai Media Office, RSB's 2016 annual report, published on 17 July 2017, stated that the projects are expected to deliver annual electricity savings of 95GW hours and water savings of 210 million imperial gallons (MIGD).  Almost 2,000 buildings will benefit from retrofitting of energy saving measures.

The RSB highlighted the substantial progress made by the emirate’s independent power producer model.  Power plants licensed by the RSB will constitute 18% of power generation capacity by 2021.

With cooling accounting for more than half of electricity demand, the RSB’s report highlights the benefits of water-cooled technology, particularly when it makes use of recycled, rather than desalinated water.  In addition, cooling systems using recycled water for cooling districts are more efficient in power consumption by 30%, when compared to air-based cooling systems.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, said: “RSB is under the supervision of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy. Its responsibilities include the accreditation of energy service companies and the licensing of new companies investing in the energy sector in Dubai.

Etihad Energy Services is committed to providing energy performance contracts to customers, estimating the savings that can be achieved by developing air conditioning systems, more efficient lighting, and improving building systems.

This is in line with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform the emirate into a global hub for clean energy and green economy, and in adherence with the Demand Side Management Strategy to reduce energy and water demand by 30% by 2030.”

HE Ali bin Abdullah Al Owais, Chairman of RSB, commented: “We are proud to have played our part in increasing the reliance on renewable energy resources, in the power generation systems and support investments in energy efficiency projects.

"We congratulate the energy service companies we have accredited, who are proving successful in delivering substantial energy savings for their clients.”