NES lauds UAE’s role in rolling out smart grids
The UAE is the fourth largest market for smart grids which demonstrates the highest near-term potential for advanced metering infrastructure
The UAE’s vision to opt for clean energy sources and deploy smart grid and metre solutions is said to increase the contribution of renewable energy to the total energy mix in line with the country’s Energy Plan 2050, according to Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid technology provider.
The policy aims to increase the consumption of clean energy by 50% and improve energy efficiency by 40% which will contribute in saving nearly $190.5bn (AED700bn).
It further states that the high-tech metering infrastructure also complements the newly launched UAE Centennial 2071 plan, which strongly focusses on the deployment of innovative technology for the comprehensive development of the country.
The nation is currently preparing itself for a post-oil era where it will thrive on diversified revenue options by its 100th year in 2071.
The strategy also aims to provide residents with better environment, bigger opportunities, and stronger communication to position it as the world’s best country.
NES also states that the strategies for diversified economy includes a strong focus on high quality education, emphasis on advanced information technology and engineering programmes, and investment in research and development for sustainable growth.
According to a recent report by Northeast Group, a US-based market intelligence firm, the UAE is the fourth largest market for smart grids and demonstrates the highest near-term potential for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and automatic metre reading activity (AMR) in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Dubai, for instance, unveiled its Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 in 2015 with the aim of deriving 7% of the emirate’s energy from clean sources by 2020, 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050.
By 2016, it had installed 200,000 smart metres and is poised to set up a million smart metres by 2020. Likewise, Abu Dhabi has taken the lead in AMI with the deployment of more than 250,000 smart electricity metres across the emirate.
Lastly, Sharjah plans to implement 20,000 smart metres in various areas of the emirate and smart metres at all customer bases.
“We commend UAE’s primary strategy of integrating market drivers, including increasing the contribution of renewable energy resources and optimisation of the electricity grid,” said Michel Madi, CEO - Middle East, Africa and India, Networked Energy Services Corporation.
“We are greatly impressed by the UAE’s ambitious objectives and we look forward to having the opportunity to assist the utilities in the region implementing clean energy technologies and deploying smart grid solutions.”