Sunday 10, April 2016

Dubai – MENA Herald: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is participating in the Dubai International Government Achievements Exhibition (DIGAE 2016), held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. DEWA’s participation in DIGAE supports its strategy to develop performance and sustain excellence, and its commitment to enhancing sustainable excellence, spreading its best practices, and promoting Dubai as a role model for development. The exhibition whose theme is ‘Local Governments, Global Achievements’ will be held from 11-13 April 2016 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Over 40 government organisations from 20 countries will take part in DIAGAE 2016.
“We are pleased to participate in the 4th Dubai International Government Achievements Exhibition, which contributes towards achieving the Dubai Government Excellence Programme’s vision. This vision supports the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, to combine government efforts to transform Dubai into a world-class city. The conference will be an international platform that provides opportunities to exchange ideas and best practices in government services. It also introduces the achievements made by Dubai Government departments to local and international visitors, enhances partnerships among government organisations, provide new opportunities to develop joint efforts, encourage excellent practices at individual and corporate levels, and promote corporate knowledge at the Dubai Government level,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
“DEWA’s participation supports the three main themes of the Dubai International Government Achievements Exhibition 2016, which are Happiness, Smart Transformation, and Achievement. We work to achieve the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world. We also work to achieve our vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility. DEWA is committed to building strategic partnerships with local, regional, and international organisations, to provide excellent energy infrastructure that meets the sustainable development needs of the Emirate. This supports our strategy to provide electricity and water services at the highest standards of availability, reliability, and efficiency, to contribute to the happiness and well-being of Dubai’s citizens, residents, and visitors,” added Al Tayer.
Al Tayer noted that DEWA adopts the fundamental concepts of excellence in its operations by implementing local and international excellence criteria. These include Adding Value & Happiness to Customers, Leadership with Vision, Inspiration & Integrity, Sustainability of Excellent Results, Development of Competitive Capabilities, Building a Sustainable Future, Corporate Agility & Flexibility, and Maximising Benefit from Creativity & Innovation, and Success through Human Resource Capabilities and Competencies. At DIGAE 2016, DEWA will highlight its achievements in 2015, including the second project of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which will be operational by April 2017. The Solar Park will produce 1,000 megawatts (MW) by 2020 and 5,000MW by 2030.
“Launching the second project of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, marked the beginning of a new era of an economy that is based on environmental sustainability and clean energy. This supports the vision of His Highness for Dubai to become the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world. This also supports the long-term Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative, launched by His Highness to build a green economy in the UAE, and the Dubai Plan 2021 for Dubai to be a smart and sustainable city whose environmental elements are clean, healthy, and sustainable. The Solar Park affirms Dubai’s leadership in solar energy and creating a new sector in the region. Our wise leadership realises the importance of securing energy supplies and finding alternative solutions to traditional energy, and the importance of developing renewable and alternative energy, because it has a direct impact on the sustainable development,” said Al Tayer.
DEWA will showcase the Hassyan clean-coal power plant, which will be the first of its kind in the region, and is fully-compliant with set international standards in this field. Visitors can also review DEWA’s three smart initiatives. These are Shams Dubai, to encourage building owners to install photovoltaic (PV) panels on their rooftops to produce solar energy and connect it to DEWA’s grid, Smart Applications and Metres, and the Green Charger to build the infrastructure and electric vehicle charging stations. These initiatives support the Smart Dubai initiative, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world.
DEWA has inaugurated a 1.5 megawatt direct current (MWdc) photovoltaic generation project at its Jebel Ali Power Station, and successfully connected it to its grid. This supports the Shams Dubai initiative, which in turn supports the Smart Dubai initiative, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world. The initiative engages society in producing electricity from solar energy. It also diversifies the energy mix by increasing the share of renewable energy. The project is one of the largest single-rooftop arrays in the Middle East and North Africa. It protects the environment by reducing carbon emissions while encouraging the development of a green economy to achieve sustainable development.
DEWA completed the first primary test phase of the electric vehicle Green Charger initiative, providing 100 charging stations across Dubai. This was to measure customer satisfaction about the service and how to develop it further. DEWA cooperates with major developers and stakeholders including Emmar, Dubai Holding Group, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, and Meraas to identify the most appropriate locations to build the Green Chargers across Dubai. Locations include Dubai Airports, Dubai Municipality, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), shopping malls, petrol stations, hotels, and parking areas.