…plans to invest $160bn in clean, renewable energy in 3 decades

The UAE plans to invest $160 billion in clean and renewable energy sources over the next three decades. In this regard, the UAE has approved a new federal law regulating the linkage of distributed renewable energy production units to the electrical grid.

The new law aims to enable increased production of electricity from renewable sources and achieve the UAE’s objectives of diversifying renewable energy sources and optimal utilisation of natural resources, the ministry of energy and infrastructure said on Monday.

It is building the Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park in Dubai with a five-gigawatt capacity. Abu Dhabi, which is developing a two-gigawatt solar plant in its Al Dhafra region, has set a target of 5.6 gigawatts of solar PV capacity by 2026.

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The provisions of the new law apply to the operation of electricity distribution production units’ linkage to the distribution network, and to all producers and service providers, including the economic, free and investment zones.

The law stipulates that any person wishing to connect a distributed production unit to the network must obtain prior approval from the relevant authority, and conclude the linkage agreement with the service provider in accordance with the legislation in force.

In 2017, the UAE launched its energy policy to boost clean energy and slash dependence on natural gas to generate power.

The UAE Energy Plan 2050 aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 70 per cent, increase clean energy use by 50 per cent and improve energy efficiency by 40 per cent by the middle of the century, resulting in savings worth Dh700 billion ($190.60 billion).

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The policy’s targets for the source of energy for local consumption by 2050 have been set at 44% from renewable energy, 38% from gas, 12% from clean fossil and 6% from nuclear energy.

“We are working on developing the energy strategy, especially clean energy, as part of the vision and directives of the judicious leadership which aim to promote sustainability, innovation and transformation towards a green economy, by increasing the percentage of clean and renewable energy,” Mr Al Mazrouei said.

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