Abu Dhabi Department of Energy will unveil a Demand-Side Management and Energy Rationalisation Strategy as part of its commitment to protect the rights of consumers, restructuring pricing, and ensuring transparency.
The policy document, set to be revealed during the four-day World Energy Congress in the capital, includes several programmes that aim to promote energy-saving, energy efficiency and water rationalisation until 2030.
State-held news agency Wam reports that Abu Dhabi’s energy sector is witnessing an expansion in terms of electricity produced from solar energy, which is expected to increase by 1.5 gigawatts in 2025.
The capital has nine water desalination plants that produce 960million gallons of water daily, accounting for 60% of the country’s daily production, according to statistics from the Department of Energy-Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi is one of the world’s largest producers of desalinated water, accounting for up to 9% of total global production.
Activity in this sector is set to grow with the launch of the Al Taweelah Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plant, which is slated to begin operating by the end of 2022, increasing Abu Dhabi's total desalinated water production via reverse osmosis from 13% to 30%.
The strategy seeks to achieve key objectives outlined in the UAE Energy Strategy 2050 – which itself is a framework to increase the use of clean energy in the country’s energy mix to 50%.
Another major goal is to decrease the UAE’s carbon print by 70%, and bring down energy consumption by 40%.
Clean and renewable energy projects in Abu Dhabi include the commercial launch of Noor Abu Dhabi's $871million 1.17-gigawatt solar power plant, and the Shams 1 Solar Power Plant with a production capacity of 100MW, followed by the Masdar Plant with a capacity of 10MW.