As Dubai powers up for 2020 World Expo, energy consumption expected to increase 20%

Published December 5th, 2013 - 12:49 GMT
UAE wants 1% of its total energy production to come from solar power by 2020 (Courtesy of the Arabian Gazette)
UAE wants 1% of its total energy production to come from solar power by 2020 (Courtesy of the Arabian Gazette)

A senior official from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) told Zawya Thursday that electricity and water consumption in the country's largest city is expected to increase by 20% as the Emirate begins to prepare for the 2020 World Expo.

According to Abdullah Al Hajri, DEWA's Executive Vice President of Customer Services, "Hosting the Expo 2020 is a big challenge for Dubai because more infrastructure will be built, requiring more water and electricity. The consumption between now and then would increase by 20% per year."

"This is nothing new for us as we have faced similar situations in the past. In the last 10 years, the demand increased by 18% per year and we were able to face it. We have the ability to secure our finances for future requirements. In fact, currently, we have at least 20-25% spare capacity to meet the new challenge," he added.

According to Hajri, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will provide the supply of the extra-needed energy, and has already been a major source of the extra power needed during phase one of the 2020 Expo prep.

"Solar power will definitely add to this spare capacity and we are already tendering the 100 MW phase two of the project," he added.
Dubai hopes that solar energy production will account for 1% of the emirate's total power output by 2020, and 5% by the year 2030.

DEWA's projections on how the increase of energy consumption will affect energy prices, however is mixed. According to Al Hajri, "Energy prices are always restricted with fuel prices that go up and down. Our strategy is to use long time contracts and going by this we do not have any plans to increase prices in the near future."

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