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Middle East Electricity show opens amid positive growth forecast

The 39th edition of Middle East Electricity opens tomorrow (February 11) in Dubai, featuring more than 1,250 exhibitors from 55 countries, a 15 per cent increase in exhibition space and the launch of over 100 new products and services.

Sustainability is a key pillar of this year’s show ad with even greater emphasis than last year’s successful show (picture right).

The 2014 edition of one of the world’s largest energy events is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and takes place from February 11-13 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The event will host some of the biggest names in the energy industry including Cummins Power Generation, Al Fanar, FAMCO, Rittal, Larsen & Toubro Limited, DUCAB, Hyundai and Panasonic.  They will be eager to capitalise on the booming Middle East power sector which is expected to grow at a rate of seven per cent over the next 10 years, according to the MENA Power report.

The report, published by the Kuwait Financial Centre in September 2013, notes that investments worth US$283 billion will be made between 2014–2018 to help Middle Eastern and North African countries cope with rising demand.

Anita Mathews, Director of Informa Energy Group, organisers of Middle East Electricity, said: “The increased exhibitor interest at Middle East Electricity this year points towards the positive market outlook and shows that there are opportunities for everyone in this billion dollar a year MENA energy market.

“Middle East Electricity is the world’s foremost energy event, but what makes the event particularly unique is its truly international participation with visitors coming from Europe, the Americas and Asia as well as the whole Middle East region.

“Senior level management account for the vast majority of visitors, giving exhibitors access to key decision makers, boosting their on-site orders and providing quality sales leads.”

Cummins Power Generation, a regular exhibitor at Middle East Electricity, has watched the show grow to new heights every year.  Ananth Parmeswaran, Director of Global Marketing at Cummins Power Generation, said: “Middle East Electricity attracts a global audience and provides an opportunity to showcase our products to a wide customer base.  The show has developed positively over the years, with expanded visitor participation and exhibition space.”

Middle East Electricity will host 22 government–supported country groups and national pavilions from Argentina, Austria, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Malaysia, South Korea, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, UK and USA.

The three-day event will also feature the second edition of the Green Energy Conference, held in partnership with Dubai Municipality and Environmental Centre  for Arab Towns. Sustainability is the key theme of the one-day conference on 11 February, as notable speakers from the Dubai Municipality and Electricity Holding Company Oman, among others, discuss the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the Middle East’s burgeoning clean energy sector.

Middle East Electricity is co-located with the second edition of Solar Middle East, and returns with the popular Middle East Electricity Awards, taking place on the opening night of the event (Tuesday 11 February) at a gala dinner.

The event is supported by Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), Dubai Municipality, Emirates Green Building Council, Society of Engineers-UAE, Environmental Center for Arab Towns, Clean Energy Business Council and Energy Institute Middle East.

Middle East Electricity 2014 is partnered with Saudi Energy in Riyadh, Power Nigeria in Lagos and Africa Electricity in Johannesburg.

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A chilling reduction

The Regulation and Supervision Bureau (RSB) is the independent regulatory body for the water, wastewater and electricity sector of Abu Dhabi. Through unique initiatives to collect and share information, RSB’s Powerwise office works to create understanding and awareness of the critical issues surrounding the consumption of electricity and promote sustainable consumption. The Bureau’s ongoing energy efficiency projects include the time-of-day trial and AC chiller control demand side management pilot project. Ramiz Alaileh, Powerwise Manager at The Bureau spoke to Anoop K Menon about these projects and why they constitute an essential step towards shaping the Emirate’s future energy roadmap

Could you tell us about the current status of AC chiller control?
The AC chiller pilot project aims to test the technology of remotely controlling air conditioning chillers of high-rise buildings and office towers in Abu Dhabi. The main purpose is to test this technology in the local environment of Abu Dhabi, where the air conditioning load is about 65% of the total electricity summer demand, and to record the resulting reduction in summer peak demand.
The pilot project was divided into four phases. In the first phase, also called the pre-construction phase, we surveyed 15 buildings in Abu Dhabi, a mix of commercial, residential and office buildings, mid-rise to highrise to study and choose the best five for the pilot. We selected the final five buildings on the basis of the good condition of their chillers, proper insulation, and the building not being negatively pressurised. We also wanted to make sure that we have a combination of different chiller manufacturers.
During the second phase, which was the construction and design phase, we looked at the initial design of the controllers that would be mounted on top of the chillers. We studied controlling the chillers by limiting the current to the chillers, and at the same time, getting realtime information from the buildings about CO2, temperature and humidity levels. We also made sure that differential pressure in the building doesn’t get altered. Apart from chiller operation per se, we also took into account fresh air handling units in the design.
In the third phase, we built and installed the controllers in the buildings, and carried out initial testing to ensure they are working properly.
We have entered phase four of the pilot, where we have started running the chillers through controllers that are operated remotely through a dashboard in our offices in Sowwah Square. Of the five buildings in the trial, three are located in Abu Dhabi Island and two are in Mohammed Bin Zayed City. We communicate with the controllers wirelessly or through wired (fibre) network. We get realtime data about the actual chiller loads, actual temperature and humidity. At the moment, we run the chillers in these five buildings on a daily basis from 1pm to 4pm. Our focus is on optimising the chiller demand in these buildings during the peak period.

Are there initial findings that you could share?
In one of the installations, over the three hour operating period, we were able to shave between 20-40%. When we calculated the true savings or overall savings during this period, we found it to be around 750 kW/h.
In the first hour, when we trigger the DSM chiller, we cap the baseline current and from there, reduce 20% in terms of the set-point that is sent to the chiller. This set point lasts for one hour and usually, the chiller current will follow through the controller. At the start of the second hour, we bring it down by another 40%, and that continues for another hour. We release 20% for the third hour and at the end of the hour, disable the DSM. During this period, we monitor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), temperature and humidity. Temperature has changed from 21.5 degree C to 24 degree C while humidity changed between 60 -70%.
The building occupants are unaware about the pilot, and we prefer it that way to prevent any psychological impact on them. During the trial period, we have received only one complaint so far.
Phase 4 of the pilot will run until the end of next year. We could only capture part of the summer last year but in 2014, we plan to capture the whole summer. Based on that, we are going to run a study on the impact of the project in reducing peak demand during summer or hot/humid days. Humidity is a big challenge but so far the results have proven to be positive.
Again, we are trying to run this pilot as a proof of concept. If this proof of concept turns out to be a viable economic solution, we may take it forward with other stakeholders to prepare the ground for a bigger roll out.
In the trial, we have confined ourselves to existing buildings where the focus is on retrofitting and interfacing with existing AC chillers. The option for new buildings in the future could be having the controllers as a built-in feature in the chillers when designing and installing a cooling system.

How does this pilot align with what is happening in terms of smart grid?
What we are doing in terms of DSM in this project is trying to shave peak demand. In other jurisdictions, these peak demand resources (they are called resources because you can shave them) are integrated into the utility SCADA, EMS or Smart Grid systems. The utility will be able to take them into account resources when it wants to carry out peak shaving.

What are the initial findings of ‘Time-of-Day’ trial?
We have initiated the final phase of time of day trial where the objective is to understand over a period of time and in the absence of financial incentives, whether education and information can induce and sustain positive behavioural change in terms of reducing energy consumption.
During this phase, which will run till October 2014, time of day pricing will be switched off but participants will maintain the Customer Display Unit (CDU) in their premises to track their electricity consumption based on the standard tariff.
In parallel, we are kicking off a thorough study of existing data that we have collected over the past nine to 12 months. This includes pre-trial time-of-day pricing and during timeof- day pricing data. In this study, we are looking at the impact of the trial – how much we have been able to reduce overall consumption and how much the participants were able to shift from peak to off-peak.
Initial findings show that the trial was well received. Around 65% of the participants were able to save on their consumption. We have also seen 10% peak to off peak shifting compared to similar premises. We have appointed a third party organisation to analyse the data and advise us on the results.
We plan to release the findings during the International Water Summit (IWS), which will held in January 2014 as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).

Are there any more of such initiatives in the pipeline?
In fact, we ran a highly successful summer awareness campaign this year where we interacted directly with the consumers. PowerWise interactive game is our flagship awareness platform to engage with consumers. We are always keen to learn and utilise technology as a tool to engage with the customers. The interactive game was used as part of our summer campaign in select malls in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. The players competed against each other to gain the highest score in a race against time, to make the best decisions on how to save water and electricity. The initiative was well received with over 1,000 visitors trying the game.
The game is hosted on our website as well, and players can now share the results over social media. We are continuing to look at different options like web apps to engage with consumers. This is an integral part of our overall strategy of influencing consumer behaviour to encourage wise use of electricity.

All these initiatives impact consumers, directly or indirectly. What is your perception of consumer behaviour in the region with regard to energy conservation? Do they really care or are they helpless in terms of not being able to do what they wish to? Or is it that they are aware but don’t feel compelled to act?
Different consumer segments look at this issue differently. If we take our summer campaign as an example, it definitely struck a chord with consumers and received a lot of positive feedback. I firmly believe that awareness is not a oneoff thing, it has to be continuous and sustained. We have to engage with customers in innovative ways without overwhelming them with conservation messages. This should be done in an acceptable and fun way to achieve the best results.
Another initiative we launched last year in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and the two distribution companies – Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC) and Al Ain Distribution Company (AADC) – was the ‘Are you in the Green or the Red’ campaign. The tool we used was re-designed utility bills that informed customers about whether their consumption fell in the green (ideal average) or red (above ideal average) as well as government subsidy that masks the actual cost of water and power.
When we did a study on the impact of this initiative, the feedback again was very positive. Some people were questioning why are we in the Red? We need to be in the Green. It has proved to be a very simple and effective way to engage with the consumers and entice them to do something about conserving electricity and water. In fact, many people didn’t know that subsidy existed. By saving electricity, you save on your utility bills and you also help the country. It has proved to be a simple yet effective measure in terms of creating awareness.

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WFES 2014 to underscore benefits of energy efficiency

The 7th annual World Future Energy Summit (WFES), hosted by Masdar, to be held from January 20-22 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, will be a key opportunity for governments, businesses and policy makers to debate the necessary measures to motivate Middle East consumers to make more efficient energy choices.

According to the International Energy Agency, existing buildings consume more than 40% of total energy and generate close to 25% of carbon emissions.

In the WFES conference session “Energy Efficiency-The Built Environment”, on January 22, global and Middle East experts will address the policy and technology interventions that could make homes and offices more efficient, thus reducing energy demand and driving down costs for consumers.

Taking part in an engaging panel debate moderated by Mark Hopkins, director of International Energy Efficiency at the UN Foundation, will be Ramiz Alaileh, powerwise manager of the UAE’s Regulation and Supervision Bureau; Benoit Dubarle, UAE, Oman and Pakistan Country president for Schneider Electric; Christian Kramer, head of Federal and European Affairs at KFW Banking Group; Bruce Schlein, director of corporate sustainability of Citigroup; and David Walker, CEO of DNV GL, based in the Netherlands.

The adoption of smart metering technology, enabling real-time monitoring of electricity consumption and two-way communications between the utility and the consumer, is one important strategy for mitigating energy demand and reducing the environmental impact of the urban landscape.

“Smart metering not only allows utility companies to identify consumption patterns which inform their demand management strategies, it also enables engagement with consumers to inform them about ways to use electricity more wisely,” said Ramiz Alaileh of the Abu Dhabi-based Regulation and Supervision Bureau.

Implementation costs, antiquated communications infrastructure and inadequate policy frameworks, particularly in countries reliant on energy subsidies, are among the barriers to smart metering adoption in the MENA region.

To date, only one utility in the UAE, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, has fully completed the phase-one roll-out of smart meters for electricity and water. Having a regulatory mandate in place was a key factor in ADWEA’s decision to deploy the technology.

Yet the scale of projected energy demand growth and the need to accommodate an expansion in renewable energy supply will pave the way for more sustainable technologies, say the experts.

“[Smart metering] will become more important as energy sources diversify,” said Wasim Taqqali, utilities industry manager of Accenture Middle East. “The deployment of solar energy in the Gulf is gathering pace but the reliability and quality of power generated by renewable sources can vary. That has been the experience overseas in countries with a relatively high penetration of renewable energies. Smart metering may therefore become extremely important in ensuring the smooth adoption of clean energies in the Middle East, helping to maintain security of supply and the satisfaction of the end-user.”

The latest generation ‘digital revenue meter’ of Advanced Electronic Company based in Saudi Arabia will be one of more than 100 new product launches in clean technology and renewable energies on show on the World Future Energy Summit exhibition floor.

According to Naji El Haddad, WFES Show Director, the Summit conference will deliver global insights on the policy and business frameworks required to keep pace with such rapid technical innovation.


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Sustainability on the rise in the UAE

Dr Michael Krämer, Senior Associate and Energy Specialist at international law firm Taylor Wessing, Dubai, outlines where he sees opportunities for the solar sector in the UAE

It is no secret that Dubai has put forward a bid to host the Expo 2020 and this is good news in any case. The vote takes place on November 27 and if Dubai wins it will have a dramatic effect on the country and once again focus attention on the emirate. It’s interesting how Dubai has sought to differentiate itself from its competitors Yekaterinburg in Russia, Izmir in Turkey and Sao Paulo in Brazil. A key focus of the Dubai 2020 bid has been sustainability.
Fifty percent of all energy needs for the Expo site (south of the city around Jebel Ali) will be generated on-site from renewable sources. In addition, a substantial amount of recycled materials will be used for the construction, while waste water will be recycled and reused as well.
Dubai’s Expo related efforts are just one element of a general trend towards a more sustainable lifestyle in the UAE, however. Let us not forget, the UAE is still one of the biggest carbon emitters globally, so this new trend is very welcome indeed.
Both, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) are currently looking more closely into encouraging commercial enterprises and residents to install solar plants on the roofs of their facilities and homes. At present, energy generated from comparatively small solar plants is still more expensive than the (highly subsidised) power supply from the public grid. Hence, both DEWA and ADWEA are looking into offering schemes that will aim to bridge the gap between conventional energy supply and self-generated solar energy. It is not yet clear how these incentive schemes will look like in the end, but it seems safe to assume that private investments into solar energy generation will become an interesting proposition.
The beauty of the utilities creating incentives for private solar investments is manifold. Not only will it be possible for those who are interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle to supplement their energy requirements with clean energy. It will also have an overall learning effect since energy generation will become more visible.
At present, electricity is just something that is a) produced somewhere far away with nobody really having an interest where electricity is coming from and b) cheap, so c) electricity is not really on anybody’s mind. An unwanted side effect of this is that we tend to waste anything we do not have any relationship with which, in turn, is a major reason for the fact that carbon emissions in the UAE are so high.
This will change if electricity becomes more tangible. A positive side effect of people generating their own energy is that these people tend to become much more conscious of what it takes to produce the energy we tend to take for granted. In the medium term, this will encourage people to take a more responsible approach towards energy usage. There is a large gap between using energy irresponsibly and being a treehugger. Yet, there is no need to transform the UAE population into treehuggers (which would be difficult anyway, given that there are probably more people than trees in this country), but people using their minds when using energy would be a fair start indeed.
We are, no doubt, just at the beginning of a process of transformation of the UAE into a country that supports a more sustainable approach to its environment. The wheels are in motion, however, and are slowly picking up speed. As with so many other things before, the UAE is spearheading this move in the region and we have the chance to be part of it. History unfolding. Good news for the region.

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Environmental Agency Abu Dhabi collaborates with ADWEA and CWM

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) has signed two agreements with Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and Centre of Waste Management – Abu Dhabi (CWM) in a move that will create synergies among the entities in the field of environmental education and awareness.

The two agreements are aimed at reducing overall water and electricity consumption and reducing waste among schools and universities across the Abu Dhabi.

The organisations will work towards equipping students – which constitute over 25% of the total population in the emirate – with the knowledge and skills advocating sustainable management practices.

The focus will be on wise water and electricity use and how to minimise waste. This will be done through joint educational programmes and initiatives, with a strong focus on EAD’s Sustainable Schools Initiative (SSI) and the Sustainable Campus Initiative (SCI) as the main conduit for awareness-raising.

The two agreements will look to promote sound environmental stewardship among the students, reduce the emirate’s ecological footprint, and work towards an ecologically-sensitive and resource-conscious society led by students, parents and neighbourhood communities.

H.E Dr. Jaber Al Jabri, EAD’s Deputy Secretary General: “One of the pillars of what we do is running educational efforts to promote environmentally-friendly behaviour among today’s youth. This is something that we’ve focussed on since our inception in 1996, and with the support of the Abu Dhabi Education Council, we incorporated environmental education as part of Abu Dhabi Emirate’s first ever environmental strategy of 2001.

“With the support from several public and private entities in the UAE, EAD has successfully carried out programmes that have allowed us to achieve our strategic objectives. These efforts have helped win awards and accolades for Abu Dhabi Emirate from international bodies such as UNESCO and international environment education organisations whom the Agency networks and shares best practices with to promote the role education plays on environmental issues.”

The agreements will continue for a period of four years from the date they were signed, and shall be automatically renewed for the same period, unless terminated by either party.

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Abu Dhabi pushes to become business hub through sustainable growth

MEED, in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Department, announced it will stage the 8th edition of the annual Abu Dhabi Conference from December 8 to 10, to discuss the roadmap and project outline for the emirate’s aspirations to become a global business hub.

In addition to ongoing massive projects in real estate, retail, tourism and transport, Abu Dhabi will award a range of new contracts in 2014 with an estimated value of over $7 billion. These include the $1.8 billion ADWEA – Mirfa IWPP project, the $2.5 billion residential villas project in Musanada – Shamkha South, and the $1 billion Urban Planning Council mixed-used project in the Shahama and Bahia Districts.

As the capital pushes its agenda for sustainable growth, a total of $346.7 billion worth of projects will be implemented from 2016-2030, thus presenting opportunities for contractors and other stakeholders to align their business strategy with Abu Dhabi’s planned developments across critical sectors, including industry and metals, transportation, agriculture, aerospace and technology.

The Abu Dhabi Conference is an annual gathering of government and private sector leaders which enables discussions and updates on upcoming project and investment opportunities in Abu Dhabi’s diverse economy.

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