Dubai Electric and Water Authority (DEWA) is partnering with Enbala to build the region’s first Virtual Power Plant (VPP).  This is part of DEWA’s continuous efforts to explore and shape the future of the world’s energy sector in line with the vision of the UAE leadership to promote innovation.

DEWA is the exclusive provider of electricity and water services in Dubai and is ranked as one of the top utilities in the world, providing services today to more than 882,000 customers with a happiness rate that reached 95% in 2018.

The pilot VPP is a result of a fruitful research collaboration between DEWA’s Research and Development Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park and Enbala. It will act as a platform that aggregates selected distributed energy resources and manages the mixed portfolio as a single conventional power plant connected to the grid. The advanced technology uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enable integration of various types of energy into DEWA’s smart grid.

“We are working to achieve the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world, and fulfil the objectives of the UAE Centennial 2071, the UAE Vision 2021, and the Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai a smart and sustainable city,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

“In line with DEWA’s vision to become a globally leading sustainable innovative corporation, we seek to shape the future of the local, regional, and global energy sectors. We will do this by keeping pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution and adopting innovative disruptive technologies to anticipate and shape the future of energy. The virtual power plant will increase renewable energy integration capabilities, supporting the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to produce 75% of Dubai’s total energy from clean energy sources.”

“Within the world of distributed energy management, this is a very exciting and game-changing project,” commented Enbala Chief Commercial Officer Trent Bowers. “We are honored to be a part of this far-reaching initiative that is sure to take energy sustainability to new levels. The world will be watching DEWA’s clean energy initiatives with great interest.” 

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