UAE to pass district cooling regulation in 2017

The UAE will develop a regulatory framework for its growing district cooling sector next year

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The UAE will develop a regulatory framework for its growing district cooling sector next year, an official said.

With more than a dozen district cooling companies in the emirates, specific regulation is needed to control the sector, especially in cases where district cooling is not metered and charged to the end-users.

Eng Faisal Ali Rashid, director of the Demand Side Management for the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy told Gulf News during a conference: “There is a regulation which we are expecting to be issued in the beginning of the year [2017].

Rashid noted that the new framework will basically address the need to regulate the market.

District cooling saves energy, water and reduces carbon emissions and acts as a more sustainable solution to cooling buildings, especially in GCC climates.

Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, which currently provides district cooling to 70% of new projects in Dubai, said more education and awareness on the proper use of the sector must be enforced.

He said: “Before the metres were introduced, some of the customers misused their AC.

“When they travel to their home countries, or when they’re abroad, they keep the AC on day and night and leave a window open for some fresh air.

“But when we converted it to end-user billing, we saw a 20 per cent reduction in consumption,” he added.

Other experts agree that specific regulation is needed to control how charges are being divided to guarantee that allocation of cost is fair, allowing everyone, including the end-user, to make a profit.

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