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Is Dubai wise to diversify its power generation?

by Emran Hussain on Apr 19, 2011

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Dubai is planning on reducing its gas-powered electricity generation from 90% to 70% as part of a 20-year plan.
Dubai is planning on reducing its gas-powered electricity generation from 90% to 70% as part of a 20-year plan.

Dubai's Supreme Council of Energy is planning to reduce the Emirate's dependence on gas consumption for its electricity genertion needs from 90% to 70% as part of its plans to diversify its energy sources.

Nejib Zaafrani, CEO of the Council's planning body said that it is is studying plans to start producing power from clean coal and solar energy by 2020 and from nuclear plants by 2030.

Whilst Dubai is a rich hub of business and real estate activity, it hardly produces enough oil to support its burgeoning infrastructure - the Emirate produces less than 4% of the UAE's oil.

We'd like to know whether or not you believe the initiative taken by Dubai to broaden its energy sources serves as a model for the rest of the Gulf region. If you live in the region, would you support such policies in your country, and what, if any steps is your government taking to diversify its fossil fuel-powered generation needs?


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A NO BRAINER, AS MY MOTHER SAID "DONALD DON'T PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET"

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Don Julien (Jan 20, 2012)
Toronto
Canada

ENGERGY DIVERSITY
A NO BRAINER, AS MY MOTHER SAID "DONALD DON'T PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET"

neelam (Jun 7, 2011)
sharjah
United Arab Emirates

addition
Easy. Yes.

Barry (May 8, 2011)
Dubai

Solar Power
Why have they not thought about solar panels instead of plain glass panels which heat up the buildings? why are there no solar panels incorporated on top of some the building rooftops? Many of them have amazing architectiral structures on the roof that I am sure could have used solar panels and hence generate at least some of the supply required? Take Maydan race course; amazing roof structure and I am sure solar panels could have been used.

FARIQUE (Apr 23, 2011) Oman

Is Dubai wise to diversify its power generation?
NOT A EASY SOLUTION. OMAN THOUGHT OF A COAL FIRED PLANT BUT GAVE UP (SO I UNDERSTAND SINCE IT IS MESSY AND COSTLY IN THE LONG TERM TO KEEP IT "GREEN". IT COULD BE NUCLEAR OR SOLAR, AT THIS POINT IN TIME, BOTH VERY EXPENSIVE. GAS IS FINITE AND HENCE ALTERNATIVES HAVE TO BE FOUND. BUT WITH GCC GRID INTERCONNECTIVITY COMING UP MAYBE SOMEONE CAN SPARE POWER.

joe krummenacker (Apr 20, 2011)
new york
USA

energy diversity
"Variety is the Spice of Life!"


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