The Dubai Energy Agency (DEA), which will be established next year to lead energy efficiency and renewable programmes in Dubai, creates a new model that will influence other GCC states, Gulf observers say.
The UAE daily The National today reported that RWE Effizienz of Germany had confirmed it had been appointed by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) to work with Oliver Wyman to set up the agency. The DSCE was founded in 2009 and is chaired by Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum.
Dubai is setting the pace for other GCC countries experiencing soaring electricity demand by creating an over-arching energy management agency to promote energy and water efficiency and renewables. Its goals include enforcing green building standards, promoting energy and water saving retrofitting programmes and district cooling schemes, increasing the productive use of treated sewage effluent and encouraging investment in solar power.
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