Rapid economic growth will see Dubai’s power demand double by 2015 and the emirate is looking at energy conservation and solar and wind schemes to help meet its electricity needs, Dubai’s ruler said in an interview.
“Even under modest growth scenarios, Dubai’s electricity demand is expected to double by 2015,” United Arab Emirate Vice-President, Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said.
“Trying to stay ahead of that kind of growth is going to become more and more challenging,” he told Dubai-based Pipeline Magazine in an interview to be published next week.
Dubai’s development drive has turned the tiny emirate into the commercial hub of the world’s top oil exporting region, and power demand is soaring.
Power consumption in 2006 rose nearly 30 per cent, according to the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).
Sheikh Mohammed wants to achieve economic growth of 11 per cent per year to 2015.
The Sheikh said the emirate’s use of energy was inefficient and among the highest per capita in the world. Dubai is famed for its air-conditioned shopping malls and also has an indoor ski slope in the desert. “There seems to be no doubt in anyone’s mind that better energy conservation is a key initiative going forward for Dubai,” he said.
Around 14 per cent of peak electricity demand could be shaved by 2015 through a demand management programme, he said.
The best option for Dubai would be solar, he said. The government is also studying the use of wind power.
If Dubai could produce 200 megawatts of renewable energy it would reduce carbon emissions by 1.5 million tonnes per year, he said.