Dubai to Increase its Renewable Energy Mix to 14 Percent by 2023

Published on: 04 July 2022
by KnowESG

Dubai will increase the proportion of renewable energy in its energy mix to 14% by the end of 2022 to achieve its environmental objectives.

Saeed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), stated that renewable energy sources currently account for 11.5% of Dubai's energy mix.

Mr Al Tayer said, "We will continue to implement pioneering projects to diversify Dubai’s clean and renewable energy sources to include all available technologies in Dubai ... for a brighter and more sustainable future for generations to come."

Dubai's clean energy objective is to generate 25 per cent of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030 and 100 per cent by 2050.

To reduce its reliance on natural gas and diversify its power sources, Dewa is constructing the world's largest solar energy plant in the Dubai desert.

Dewa stated that the total energy production capacity had reached 14.11 gigawatts, with 1.62 gigawatts coming from renewable energy, following the addition of 700 megawatts of capacity.

This comprises 600MW from the natural gas-powered Hassyan Power Complex and 100MW from photovoltaic solar panels at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park's fifth phase.

Using the model of an independent power producer, the Hassyan Power Complex's current production capacity has reached 1,8 gigawatts. In 2023, 600 MW will be added, bringing the total capacity of the project to 2.4 gigawatts.

The Hassyan Power Complex complements the Jebel Ali power plant and desalination complex. The entire output capacity of the Jebel Ali complex is 9.54 gigawatts of energy.

As it seeks to exploit the expanding market for low-carbon fuel, the UAE has embraced the energy shift by establishing itself as a leader in novel fuels such as green and blue hydrogen.

Source: The National News

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