Smart Grids are essential to meet the future energy challenges of the United Arab Emirates, according to the boss of one of the Gulf’s utilities.

Saaed Mohammed Al Tayer, chief executive of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), told a conference in Dubai today that utilities in the region face three major challenges: rising demands for energy and water; the need to move towards a low-carbon energy supply mix; and volatile fuel prices.

“Implementing Smart Grids constitutes an effective response to addressing some of these challenges,” he stated.

“We are aware of the advantages of Smart Grids for transmission networks, consumers, utilities and government policy makers. We aim to improve reliability, efficiency, conservation and demand management, as well as more-efficient management of infrastructure investments and grid operations.”

He said DEWA was “expediting the integration of renewable resources, new technologies and customer participation in developing Smart Grids”.