World Bank: UAE retains top spot in the world for electricity indicators
Report: Dewa achieves 100% in procedures to obtain electricity connection, and time needed to complete procedures
The UAE, represented by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), has maintained its top ranking in the world, for the third consecutive year, with scores of 100% in the Getting Electricity indicators released by the World Bank in its Doing Business 2020 report, which measures the ease of doing business in 190 economies around the globe.
According to the report, Dewa achieved 100% in procedures required to obtain an electricity connection and making it easier for customers; and also achieved 100% in the time needed to complete each procedure.
The ranking follows Dewa’s implementation of measures that reduced time needed for electricity connections to seven days.
Dubai’s electricity authority, which achieved the world’s lowest customer minutes lost per year (CML) at 2.39CML, compared to 15CML in Europe, has already waived the connection costs and security deposit for industrial and commercial projects requiring loads of up to 150KW
Sharing his thoughts on the ranking, managing director and chief executive officer of Dewa, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, said: “Over the past few years, Dewa achieved very competitive results in its global benchmarking, surpassing major European and American utilities. It reduced losses from electricity transmission and distribution networks to 3.3% compared to 6-7% in the US and Europe; and water network losses were reduced to 6.5% compared to 15% in North America, which is one of the best results in the world. These results underline Dewa’s global leadership in different areas.”
Al Tayer also commended contractors and consultants who played a key role in suggesting development initiatives and making recommendations for continuous improvements that facilitate and accelerate the mechanism of access to electricity services, in accordance with the highest international standards and practices.