Saving 3.5 Million MWh of Electricity with the Flick of a Switch

Saving 3.5 Million MWh of Electricity with the Flick of a Switch

April 06, 2014 at 02:04pm

Imagine the fast-growing United Arab Emirates (UAE) being able to shut off one of its power plants for half a year while still meeting all the power needs of its citizens? Imagine the fuel savings and the reduction in the country’s environmental footprint if that could be achieved.

The UAE is not taking such a dramatic step; however, it is looking to achieve the same result by implementing energy-efficiency standards on consumer light bulbs through the recently introduced UAE Lighting Standard. In essence, the regulation looks to transition UAE consumers away from conventional incandescent lights to one of three types of efficient lighting: compact florescent lights (CFLs), halogen lights, and the most efficient option: LED lighting.

GE Lighting offers a wide range of LED and other energy-efficient lighting solutions that comply with the new UAE regulations and can help improve lighting for consumers, businesses and municipalities. These light-emitting diodes (LEDs) use up to 80% less energy than conventional light sources, and because they last up to four times longer than conventional lighting, they require much less maintenance on replacements.

Ultimately, the UAE Lighting Standard is expected to reduce the country’s energy consumption by 500MW annually, or more than 3.5 million MWh.

UAE could realize a financial savings of approximately AED 668 million per year in net savings from households’ reduced electric bills and government savings from reduced subsidies. This translates into a savings for a medium-sized villa in Dubai of up to AED 2,315 per year on electricity bills.

To discuss the implications of this rule change and to help its customers take the best step forward, GE Lighting recently held two dayS long events at the GE ecomagination Center in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City. The events focused on the benefits of LED for indoor applications and for use in roadway lighting.

The “GE LED Day” workshop on 25th of March was attended by GE partners in the UAE and provided sessions on the new regulations and on how GE LED lighting can help customers comply with the new rules.

The “Excellence in Roadway Lighting” workshop on 27th of March was attended by major players in the UAE’s outdoor lighting sector from both government and the private sector, including AECOM, SBDI, Alpha Island, Jacobs Engineering, GASCO, EHAF, KEO, Musanada, the UAE Ministry of Public Works, Sentor Electrical, AAA Consultants, Morganti, PM&DC and the Al Ain Municipality, which made a presentation on GE’s roadway lighting solutions. Presentation on Innovation in LED & Fixtures and shared one of their project: ‘Al Dhaer’ telling about challenges faced and results obtained thanks to GE solution.

According to the UAE Lighting Standards, from July 1, 2014, the import of standard traditional light bulbs (except directional and special bulbs) will be banned, and from December 31, 2014, these traditional bulbs can no longer be sold. From July 1 2014, all bulbs have to meet the new standard, based on environment, safety and efficiency criteria.

On October 9, 1962, a GE scientist invented the first commercially viable LED light, establishing GE Lighting as a leader in today’s fast-growing LED market for home, office and roadway settings. For more on GE’s energy-efficient LED lighting solutions, click here. For more on GE’s 70-year history of working on things that matter with partners in the UAE, click here.

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