Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced on 3 September that demand for electricity increased by 3.8% in the second quarter compared with the same period last year, while power generated was 3% higher in 2Q12 than 2Q11. Electricity output amounted to 9,605 gigawatt-hours in 2Q12, compared with 9,329gwh in 2Q11, said DEWA. Peak demand was estimated at 6.165gw in 2Q12 compared with 5.941gw in 2Q11.

DEWA had been planning to tender for its first independent power project (IPP), the 1.6gw Hassyan plant, in a bid to keep pace with rising demand. However, earlier this year it said the project would be deferred and that it would instead raise generating capacity at its existing plants. This was the result of a directive from the Dubai Supreme Council for Energy (DSCE), which said that DEWA should implement measures to improve efficiency, conserve demand and also develop renewable resources including solar power (MEES, 14 May). (CONTINUED - 243 WORDS)