(MENAFN) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has the potential to revolutionize energy generation through solar power. Over 90% of the country's landmass has the capability to produce solar energy, making it the best solar power potential in the world. The energy trilemma, which focuses on balancing energy reliability, affordability, and sustainability, has been a recent topic of discussion, and solar power has been identified as a key solution.
Balancing security, affordability, and sustainability in the energy sector is a significant challenge facing the world. Although it presents a set of trade-offs between three competing priorities, it is a challenge that cannot be ignored. In our recently released Statement of Future Capacity Requirements 2023-2029 report, Emirates Water and Electricity Company (Ewec) is driving forward the energy transition while ensuring an efficient, sustainable, and reliable supply of electricity for the UAE.
The report recommends a practical and essential road map to meet growing demand and prepare for Abu Dhabi's and the UAE's future needs in a sustainable manner. With an expected 30% increase in gross peak power demand by 2029 due to rising industrial activity and a growing population, Ewec will continue to develop major strategic projects to create a sustainable future for Abu Dhabi and the UAE.
Ewec's solar-power capacity will increase by over 600% to 7.3 gigawatts by 2030. During this period, Ewec will lower its average carbon dioxide intensity from electricity generation by over 40%. Furthermore, Ewec will increase low-carbon reverse osmosis (RO) desalination water production significantly, with four new plants under various stages of development. This will result in a reduction of approximately 88% in water production emission intensity.
In conclusion, the UAE is poised to lead the world in sustainable energy generation through its abundant solar power potential. Ewec is committed to driving the energy transition and creating a sustainable future for Abu Dhabi and the UAE while ensuring an efficient, sustainable, and reliable supply of electricity.
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