He confirmed that the emirate has 4 major solar power plants

Al Murar: 9 billion dirhams, Abu Dhabi’s investments in renewable energy

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The head of the Department of Energy in Abu Dhabi, Engineer Aweidah Morshed Al Marar, stated that “Abu Dhabi's investments in renewable energy amounted to more than nine billion dirhams,” indicating that during the coming years the investment in the renewable and clean energy sector will continue, in line with the government's strategy to diversify energy sources and utilize energy Renewable, to meet the increased demand in the future.

On the occasion of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2021, which was launched on the 18th of this month, Al-Marar said, “Abu Dhabi has many renewable and clean energy projects, on top of which is the Barakah peaceful nuclear energy plant and the Al Dhafra solar photovoltaic plant, which will be one of the largest independent stations in ”The world produces electricity from solar energy, and the Taweelah reverse osmosis desalination plant, which will also be one of the largest of its kind in the world.

He added that Abu Dhabi also owns four major solar power plants: the "Shams 1" station, the Masdar solar photovoltaic station, the Al Dhafra solar energy station, and the Noor Abu Dhabi solar power station.

An ambitious strategy

Regarding Abu Dhabi’s vision towards diversifying energy sources, Al Marar added that the Department of Energy has an ambitious strategy to diversify the energy sources in Abu Dhabi, which means diversifying the emirate’s economy as a whole. The goals of this diversification are in line with the UAE Energy Strategy 2050, which targets a mixture of energy that combines Between renewable, nuclear and clean energy sources, to meet the increasing demand for electricity, and support the economic requirements and environmental goals of the UAE.

He pointed out that the UAE energy strategy aims to raise the efficiency of individual and institutional consumption by 40%, and to raise the contribution of clean energy in the total energy mix produced in the country to 50%, of which 44% are renewable energy, 6% is nuclear energy, and achieving savings equivalent to 700 billion dirhams until a year. 2050, in addition to reducing carbon emissions from the process of electricity production by 70% over the next three decades.

He continued, "We in Abu Dhabi are following this strategy, in order to ensure secure supplies of energy and water, and keep pace with the increasing demand for these services in the coming years."

Total demand

“For example, we are working to accelerate the implementation of our initiatives to reduce total energy demand, through demand-side management measures and raising energy efficiency, which contribute to increasing energy savings and positively impacting consumer behavior,” Al Marar said.

"Through our regulatory procedures and policy frameworks, such as (Recycled Water Policy), the regulations for district cooling activities and the scope of district cooling, we also continue to support national strategies for water security, with a focus on managing strategic water reserves.”

On the contribution of the clean and renewable energy sector to the total electricity production in Abu Dhabi, Al Marar explained that “in 2020 Abu Dhabi produced 2.16 million megawatt hours of electricity from renewable energy sources, bringing the share of renewable energy in the total energy produced for the emirate to about 7.2% During the past year, this is due to the operation of the Noor Abu Dhabi solar photovoltaic plant, which has a capacity of 1,177 megawatts at the end of 2019. ”

He added, “When the Al Dhafra solar energy project with a capacity of 2 gigawatts is completed by 2022, it will raise the total capacity of solar energy generation in the emirate to 3.2 gigawatts,” indicating that the full operation of the Barakah peaceful nuclear power plant will be a big addition, as the total production of Abu Dhabi will be from Renewable and clean energy is about 8.8 gigawatts, which will represent more than 31% of the total energy mix in Abu Dhabi, more than a third of the total energy generated in the emirate within a few years.

The role of digitization

Regarding the role of digitization in managing the energy sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Al Marar mentioned that digital transformation is a government approach in Abu Dhabi on all sectors and levels, and the energy sector plays a major role in that integrated system, as the energy sector currently has an integrated digital infrastructure capable of promoting digital transformation. For all services provided by the sector to customers, to be available through the approved digital platforms in the emirate.

He added, "In a record time, the energy sector has become a model for smart transformation, by offering 109 digital services through various government platforms, which represent 76.2% of the total services provided by the sector in the emirate."

Sustainability is the future of the world

The Chairman of the Department of Energy in Abu Dhabi, Engineer Aweidah Morshed Al Marar, said, “Sustainability is the future of the world, in light of the variables and challenges it is exposed to due to climate changes, water shortages, and the need to find safe and clean alternatives to energy, and we focus during our participation in this edition of ( Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2021) to exchange experiences in making use of modern technology to promote renewable and clean energy, to diversify the energy mix in Abu Dhabi, to activate the sector's role in enhancing food and water security, and to develop transportation and other vital sectors that are closely related to energy and sustainable development.

Digital services

The head of the Department of Energy in Abu Dhabi, Engineer Awaida Morshed Al Marar, confirmed that the digital services of the energy sector in Abu Dhabi have contributed to business continuity, through the application of precautionary measures to limit the spread of the Corona pandemic, by offering more sector services through the digital platforms of the entities operating in the sector In addition to the Abu Dhabi government's unified digital services platform (Tamm).

He said: “The number of transactions completed, through digital channels in the energy sector, during the first half of 2020, reached nearly two million transactions, while continuing to enhance these services, through a plan to reach the percentage of digital services to 92% of the total sector services in Abu Dhabi. ».

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