Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is actively contributing to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world. To support this objective, DEWA developed a comprehensive strategy to implement a smart water and electricity infrastructure. This is what we call a Smart Grid, which will provide advanced features and includes automated decision-making and interoperability across the entire electricity and water network. DEWA’s Smart Grid Programme, with investments totaling AED 7 billion, supports the directives and the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world.
The programme is a key element in DEWA’s strategy to develop an advanced infrastructure. It supports the Dubai Demand side Management Strategy 2030 and its overall objective of 30% demand reduction by 2030. To implement the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, DEWA has worked on major programmes to diversify its energy mix and manage the demand for electricity. By 2030, 25% of Dubai’s energy mix will be generated from solar power, 7% from nuclear, 7% from clean coal and 61% from natural gas. The strategy also aims to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2050.
In 2014, DEWA developed its first Smart Grid strategy up to 2035, which is a key component of a smart city. DEWA successfully completed the short-term goals of the Smart Grid Strategy 2014-2035. In 2021, DEWA launched its updated Smart Grid Strategy up to 2035, evolving from a technology-led approach to a value-driven approach, as well as transitioning DEWA’s 10 smart grid programmes into 6 themes, covering 19 globally leading smart grid capabilities.
The following are the main governance themes that ensure a smooth, quick, and effective functioning of DEWA’s Smart Grid.
For more information about DEWA’s Smart Grid, please read DEWA Smart Grid Report 2021 here.