By Sam Bridge
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority says it has achieved a new world record in electricity customer minutes lost per year
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced that it has achieved a new world record in electricity customer minutes lost (CML) per year.
DEWA said in a statement thtat it recorded 1.86 lost minutes in Dubai, compared to around 15 minutes recorded by leading electricity companies in Europe.
“We continuously work to enhance the capacity and efficiency of transmission and distribution networks to provide electricity and water services according to the highest standards of reliability, availability, efficiency, and sustainability. This is to meet the growing demand for energy and water and keep pace with Dubai’s urban and economic plans,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.
He added that DEWA is also building an integrated smart grid, which is a key component of its strategy to develop an advanced infrastructure to support Dubai's efforts to become a smart and happy city.
The smart grid strategy contains 10 programmes to be completed over the short, medium and long-term by 2035.
DEWA said its results surpass major European and American utilities in several indicators. In 2019, losses from electricity transmission and distribution networks were 3.2 percent compared to 6-7 percent in Europe and the US. Water network losses were also reduced to 6.6 percent compared to around 15 percent in North America.
The UAE, represented by DEWA, ranked first for the third consecutive year in the Getting Electricity section of the World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 report of 190 economies around the world.