Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) |Dubai records 10% energy demand growth and 10% peak load increase until end of May 2021

2 June 2021

Dubai records 10% energy demand growth and 10% peak load increase until end of May 2021

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer. MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD&CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has announced an increase of around 10% in energy demand growth and 10% rise in the peak load of electricity in Dubai until the end of May 2021 compared to the same period in 2020.

Demand for energy increased in the first 5 months of 2021 to 16,467 Gigawatt hours (GWh) compared to 14,988 GWh in the same period of 2020. This is an extra 1,479 GWh, which is an increase of 10%. Peak load also increased in Dubai from January until the end of May 2021 to 7,966 MW, compared to 7,248 MW in the same period of 2020, recording an extra 718 MW, an increase of 10%.

"The increase in energy demand and peak load in Dubai is a testament to the economic recovery and the comeback of various vital activities in the Emirate. It indicates that the UAE is moving steadily towards promoting economic prosperity and decent living for all citizens and residents. In line with the forward-looking vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to achieve comprehensive and sustainable development in Dubai, we continue to increase our installed capacity of electricity and water, as well as the capacity of the transmission and distribution networks. This is to keep pace with the expansion of urban and economic development in Dubai and DEWA’s vision to become a globally leading sustainable innovative corporation. DEWA’s installed capacity has reached 12,900 megawatts of electricity and 490 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) of desalinated water,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.

“DEWA is one of the best and most reputable utilities in the world based on its benchmarks with similar global utilities in developed countries. DEWA has recorded excellent levels of reliability, efficiency, sustainability and optimum management of electricity and water infrastructures. It has achieved very competitive results surpassing the private sector and similar top utilities in Europe and America in terms of efficiency and reliability. DEWA has reduced losses in electricity transmission and distribution networks to 3.3%, compared to 6-7% recorded in Europe and the USA. Water network losses decreased to 5.1%, compared to 15% in North America. DEWA achieved a new world record in electricity Customer Minutes Lost (CML) per year. DEWA recorded 1.66 minutes, in Dubai, compared to around 15 minutes recorded by leading electricity companies in the European Union,” added Al Tayer.