Saudi Arabia hires DNV to launch energy efficiency study

DNV GL has been taken on by the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to undertake analysis of the country’s capacity for energy efficiency.

With Saudi anticipating increased demand for electricity, the government sees energy efficiency as having significant potential in cost effectively offsetting demand growth.

DNV GL will develop a study to assess electricity end-use efficiency which will enable the forecast of future electricity consumption trends and the development of appropriate planning methodologies.
Electricity demand in the kingdom has more than doubled since 2000 and is anticipated to continue increasing rapidly, at an average rate of more than 8 per cent per year for the next ten years.

The Saudi Electricity Co-Generation Regulatory Authority (ECRA) and the Saudi Electric Company (SEC) have engaged DNV GL to develop a programme to understand and classify how electricity is consumed within the Kingdom.

The $2.5m project that will be executed over the next 20 months, and the research team will collect data on the stock of appliances and end uses within each customer sector, including hourly data on customers’ demand for energy both at the customer whole-facility level and most importantly, at the end-use level.

This information will be used by ECRA, SEC and other Saudi government agencies to forecast future trends and develop appropriate planning methodologies.

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