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Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer inaugurates ‘Power to Cloud’ event

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) inaugurated the ‘Power to Cloud’ conference and exhibition organised by Schneider Electric in Dubai. The conference showcased the future of smart cities, ways to implement best international practices to manage energy consumption, ambitious plans to fulfil growing energy requirements, and the concept of green cities for a better future.

Al Tayer said: “The two-day conference and exhibition held under the theme ‘Building Next Generation Mission-Critical IT Infrastructure,’ and other such initiatives, are important for us to exchange expertise, experiences, and information. It also helps the process of developing the necessary technology required for the transition to smart grids, and accelerating the construction of smart cities.

“The initiative aims to establish Dubai as a smart city by developing Smart Grids that enhance the performance of utility providers, upgrade the services provided and ensure that supplies and services contribute to environmental protection and reduced carbon emissions.

“DEWA has set its strategy and roadmap for smart power and water grids, totalling AED 7 billion to support the efficient and reliable infrastructure of communication to support the Demand Side Management programme and connect to sources of renewable energy. DEWA also has proceeded with the smart meters project, and plans to install 72,000 smart meters per year for new connections. It is expected that the existing mechanical and electromechanical meters will be completely replaced by smart meters within the next five years at a rate of 250,000 electricity and water meters per year in the residential, industrial, and commercial sectors. The use of smart meters is a key element of building a smart network, and DEWA is a leading organisation in adopting the latest technologies, such as SCADA systems, control systems, protection and smart systems, to achieve the highest possible standards of efficiency, and reliability.”


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