Dubai Raises 2030 Renewable Energy Goal To 15% Of Overall Electricity Mix

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It looks as though the Emirate of Dubai is getting more serious about renewable energy — judging by its recent decision to raise its renewable energy goal to 15% of the overall generation mix by 2030.

This goal means that, in only 15 years, the emirate will have to increase its renewable energy mix 10% from where it stands now — which is at roughly 5% of the overall mix. A relatively ambitious goal — even if not as ambitious as many would like — or, for that matter, as circumstances may require.

Of course, this comes after Dubai received bids for the world’s cheapest solar power, with a low bid of 5.98¢/kWh (much less than the cost of electricity from natural gas in the region, 9¢/kWh).

dubai sunrise

Anyways, the announcement of the new goals — 7% by 2020, 15% by 2030 — was made by the head of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi during a panel discussion on the future of energy and “sustainability” in the region.

The forum saw a number of different topics discussed, including: the investment culture of the region, the role of private enterprises in the adoption of renewables, and research and development.

Accompanying the new goals are notable energy efficiency goals as well — which will, if achieved, see Dubai reduce energy consumption by 30% by the year 2030.

The overall draft energy strategy for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) through 2035 will reportedly be released later this year.

On a related note, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority recently revealed that the planned Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar PV project has been increased in capacity from 100 MW to 200 MW. The increase is apparently the result of two of the bidding companies submitting an alternate proposal that would feature both companies — ACWA and TSK.

Image: Dubai sunrise via Shutterstock

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