Largely technology driven, this is about deploying smart regulation to set up the right environment for clever technology to operate. Behavior change is also a critical piece of the demand management puzzle. Communities must be willing to embrace a cleaner, smarter, more energy efficient future for energy efficiency to be deployed on the scale that is possible and required.
So why isn’t demand management happening all around us? The issue is that for many forms of energy efficiency (buying rated appliances, implementing building standards, changing lightbulbs) it takes many people to act. This requires communities to be educated, appropriate incentives to be developed and changes in culture. Galvanizing this type of action in communities is not easy. The MENA region can benefit from experiences of communities around the world and harness tried and tested methods for enabling energy efficiency.
Why Energy Efficiency
If you could reduce the electricity load of the UAE by 5% in one year it would equal a cost saving of around 700 Million Dirham. This is a cost saving that could be used to improve other services in the country. Costs in other countries across MENA would look the same. This is why national governments are thinking seriously about what they can do to realize these savings.
If you would like to know more about Energy Efficiency: the International Energy Agency has dedicated an entire website to exploring this topic. While MENA countries are not members of the IEA, the information resources are still useful for understanding the topic. http://www.iea.org/efficiency/index.asp
You may have also heard of Smart Grids. If you would like to know more about Smart Grids then we recommend this site from GE:http://itsyoursmartgrid.com/solutions/index.html
To see one of the biggest and most comprehensive energy efficiency campaigns in the world – have a look at the Flex your Power campaign in Californiahttp://www.fypower.org/
Want to know more
Deloitte, Energy on demand: the future of GCC energy efficiency, 2011
This fourth whitepaper od Deloitte tackles the topic of ‘Energy Efficiency’, which revolves around reducing energy waste: this can be both on the demand side through power demand management and on the supply side using a host of technologies to improve efficiency in power generation and distribution. So how do the GCC countries stand in relation to these perspectives? Are there potential gains from using or producing energy more efficiently?
To know more, you can download the whitepaper here
Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREE)
RCREEE has ten founding members, including Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. During the start-up phase, RCREEE is sponsored by Egypt, also serving as host country for the Centre, as well as Germany, the EU and Denmark (the development partners). RCREEE works closely with the Arab League.
RCREEE is doing significant work in the areas of policy and regulation. It is working to develop SWH certification and standardization, model land use agreements, national energy efficiency plans and other areas of critical importance to the sector. They have also developed an Arabia RE strategy, Arab Energy Efficiency Guideline and Arabia vision for solar electricity generation.
MEDENER: Mediterranean Association of the national agencies for energy conservation
MED-ENEC: Energy Efficiency in the Construction Sector in the Mediterranean
This collaboration funded in large part by German and working with RCREEE is supporting the development of national energy efficiency plans.