DNV GL was last week requested by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to undertake analysis of the country’s capacity for energy efficiency. We spoke with Mohammed Atif, Regional Manager at DNV GL to get a brief summation of what this work entails.

DNV GL will develop the study to assess electricity end-use efficiency which will enable the forecast of future electricity consumption trends and the development of appropriate planning methodologies for the Kingdom.

The Saudi Electricity Co-Generation Regulatory Authority (ECRA) and the Saudi Electric Company (SEC) have engaged DNV GL to develop a programme to understand and classify how electricity is consumed within the Kingdom.

Power Engineering International (PEi): Has DNV GL carried out such a country-wide efficiency study before?

Mohammed Atif (MA):
Not country wide, but this is a core part of our business in the US and we’ve conducted similar energy efficiency potential studies for major markets in the US, including California, Nevada, Pacific Northwest, Northeast, etc.

PEi: Where does DNV normally uncover the efficiencies that can be found in electric power use/ non-use?

This is highly dependent on the characteristics of the underlying sectors being studied, but the most cost-effective opportunities in the short-term across all sectors are typically found in improving lighting efficiency and implementing lighting controls technologies.

Air conditioning is also a key end-use where energy savings are common, as well as peak demand reductions. Behavioural measures, among domestic and non-domestic customer groups, are becoming more and more common, enabled largely through advanced metering / data solutions providers.

PEi: Is there anything else the company can say about the logistics required for such a study?

MA: Looking at the Saudi energy efficiency project: the project requires a significant on-site presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with DNV GL, SEC and ECRA working as partners in one team in order to deliver successfully the results from what is an ambitious initiative.

PEi: The European Union has recently prioritised energy efficiency as part of its decarbonisation drive. Has DNV GL participated in evaluating the success and/or failure of that drive?

MA: DNV GL has recently been awarded a contract by the European Commission to assess the status of Member State implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive, specifically Article 8. This study will also produce best practices in the implementation of energy audits and energy management systems in both large and small/medium enterprises.