Monday 5, September 2016

Dubai – MENA Herald: HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), received a high-level delegation from Schneider Electric, headed by Benoit Dubarle, President of Gulf Countries & Pakistan at Schneider Electric. The meeting focused on enhancing cooperation between the two parties in regard to Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS), and IT/OT transformation, to support DEWA’s efforts to establish its Smart Grid.
Marwan Bin Haider, Executive Vice President of Innovation and the Future at DEWA, attended the meeting, while the delegation of “Schneider Electric” included Nader Al-Zoubi, Energy Vice President, Gulf Countries and Pakistan, and Frederic Abbal, Executive Vice President of Energy Business at Schneider Electric. The delegation commended DEWA’s participation in Schneider Electric’s 4th Power to the Cloud Conference and Exhibition 2016. The conference witnessed the attendance of over 2000 EVPs from different parts of the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. Al Tayer inaugurated the conference.
Schneider Electric’s 4th Power to the Cloud Conference and Exhibition 2016 played host to over 2000 visitors, most of them VIPs from the region, and different parts of Africa and Europe. The conference featured panel discussions led by C-suite Information Technology (IT) and energy sector decision makers from around the region.
The conference highlighted the future of smart cities, cloud systems, smart grids, future implementation plans regarding international practices for energy consumption, water treatment, Big Data and Analytics, and plans to develop a practical agenda capable of meeting energy requirements to build a better future through green cities.
“We are glad to collaborate with Schneider Electric to enhance efforts in smart cities. A smart city is that one which makes people happy, makes their lives easier, and improves living standards, in addition to improving resource-use efficiency and streamlining and integrating services. Inspired by the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, DEWA works to achieve its development goals, which support the UAE Vision 2021, to make the UAE one of the best countries in the world by 2021, and the Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai a smart, integrated, and connected city that is sustainable with its resources. In smart cities, all stakeholders will benefit and cooperate, including urban developers, water, electricity, communications, transportation, education, and healthcare service providers, and other government and private organisations. DEWA is working to establish a social communication system, and infrastructure, based on the highest levels of efficiency and accountability,” said Al Tayer.
“DEWA has adopted a comprehensive smart grid strategy, in adherence with the Smart Dubai initiative, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to transform Dubai into the smartest and happiest city in the world. We launched three smart initiatives to support the Smart Dubai initiative. The first one, Shams Dubai, connects solar power in houses and buildings and encourages households and building owners to install solar panels to produce electricity. These will be connected to the grid. The second initiative focuses on using smart applications to promote smart consumption using smart meters, while the third one is the Green Charger for establishing the infrastructure and charging stations for electric vehicles,” concluded Al Tayer.
Al Tayer noted that the smart grid strategy contains eleven programmes that will be completed over the short, medium and long-term, from 2014 to 2035. These programmes are: Advanced Metering Infrastructure for Electricity, Advanced Metering Infrastructure for Water, Asset Management, Demand Response, Distribution Automation, Information Technology Infrastructure, Substation Automation, System Integration, Telecommunications, Big Data and Analytics, and Security.