MEED conference told Dubai has solar power purchase and smart meter programme; electric vehicle charging stations

Dubai, 9 September 2014. The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has launched the Middle East’s first programme to allow private owners of solar power plants to sell electricity into the national grid as part of its AED 7bn smart grid programme, the MEED Smart Cities conference was told this morning.

DEWA is installing smart meters in its smart grid programme and plans to install 200,000 by February 2016.

DEWA is installing electric vehicle charging stations and will have 16 in operation by the end of November.

Director of DEWA’s smart grid project management office Marco Janssen said that DEWA’s smart grid programme calls for:

  • Advanced metering infrastructure
  • New approaches of existing asset management
  • Demand side management
  • Distribution automation including electric vehicles and distributed energy resources
  • Developing an IT infrastructure.
  • Substation automation
  • System integration and
  • Telecommunications.

PWC is silver sponsor of the MEED Smart Cities conference. Atkins is reception sponsor, IBM is conference sponsor and Veolia is networking sponsor.