Dubai records 5.5% growth in energy demand


Energy demand in Dubai increased by around 5.5 per cent in 2022 compared to 2021.

According to the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), demand for electricity reached 53,180 gigawatt-hours last year, compared with 50,401 in 2021.

Saeed Al Tayer, Chief Executive of DEWA, said that the increase in energy demand reflects the strong performance of all economic sectors in Dubai, and the expansion the Emirate is witnessing in key activities.

"We continue to raise the production capacity of electricity and water as well as increase the capacity and efficiency of the transmission and distribution networks. This is to keep pace with the growing demand for electricity and water as well as the future needs of customers, developers and businesses while providing a convenient margin," he explained.

"To achieve this, DEWA uses the latest smart technologies and scientific planning. DEWA’s production capacity has increased to 14,517 megawatts of electricity and 490 million imperial gallons of desalinated water per day," Al Tayer added.

DEWA’s results surpass major European and American utilities in several key performance indicators.

Line losses from electricity transmission and distribution networks were reduced to 2.2 per cent compared to around 6-7 per cent in Europe and the USA.

DEWA also achieved a new world record in electricity Customer Minutes Lost (CML) per year with Dubai recording 1.19 minutes per customer, compared to around 15 minutes recorded by leading utility companies in the European Union.

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