Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reported on 28 January a 10.6% increase in installed power generating capacity in 2012, rising to 9.646gw from 8.721gw in 2011. Desalinated water production capacity increased by 17.5% in 2012 to 470mn imperial gallons/day (2.137mn cmd), compared with 400mn gallons/day (1.818mn cmd) in 2011.

DEWA has delayed its first independent power project (IPP), the proposed 1.6gw Hassyan plant, and instead is focusing on improving efficiency at its 10 existing power plants, conserving demand, and developing renewable resources (MEES, 7 September 2012). In early January DEWA estimated its peak power load for 2012 at 6.637gw and peak water demand at 285mn gallons/day (1.296mn cmd). (CONTINUED - 247 WORDS)