CEBC WEEK IN REVIEW - WEEK BEGINNING 17 DECEMBER 2017
INTRODUCING CEBC's NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR
DR. RAED B'KAYRAT

CEBC's Board of Directors is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Raed B'kayrat to the new role of Managing Director of the Clean Energy Business Council.  Having served as a member of the CEBC Board Advisory Committee for the last three years, Dr. B'kayrat brings enormous talent and experience to the membership, with an extensive background in renewable and clean energy technologies across a diverse range of sectors in the industry.
 
As Vice President for Business Development for the ME region at First Solar, Dr. B'kayrat  was responsible for establishing and overseeing First Solar's commercial footprint in the region, market setup, origination and strategy development for partnerships and project execution.  

Upon moving back to the ME in 2009, Raed joined the core team that built the Economic Development Division at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), where he was responsible for creating the institution's successful Industry Collaboration Program. During his four year


stint at KAUST, he also created a demonstration and  testing program for solar and other clean energy technologies, advised several Saudi governmental and industrial entities and mentored startup companies.

Prior to that, he was part of successful Startups in the O&G industry in California, and previously spent nine years in various roles at Siemens AG in Germany and the US. Raed holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Science from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Jordan, all in Electrical Engineering.
CEBC NEWS
ATA INSIGHT'S SOLAR SHERO PROGRAM: RECOGNISING WOMEN'S CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SOLAR INDUSTRY
ATA Insights have launched the Solar Shero program to recognise women's participation and achievements in the solar sector.  CEBC is proud to announce the very first Solar Shero,  CEBC's  Sarah Fitzgerald
for her
years of hard work, passion and dedication in communications and events in solar. You can nominate next month's Solar Shero at:    http://bit.ly/SolarShero

SURVEY:ROAD TO CLEAN ENERGY INNOVATION IN MENA
CEBC is diving into the changing dynamics of the renewable energy sector in the MENA region.   To do this, we invite you to participate in a 15-minute survey that will help us analyse the changes necessary to support the clean energy sector on an individual, organisational and country basis.
 
The survey aims to understand the characteristics of companies engaged in the industry, including the participation of women in the workforce, and the impact of these characteristics on the future of renewable and clean energy in the region.
 
We will look at the renewable energy sector as a whole, f or instance, how prepared is the industry to handle new trends and challenges? 
The data we collect will provide a baseline for analysis of future years with the survey report to be released in April 2018. 










CEBC AT CLEAN AIR FORUM | NEW ENERGY VEHICLES
On 11 December CEBC attended the Clean Air Forum held at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi. CEBC was a Supporting Partner of the event, which featured a diverse range of speakers covering topics such as air quality, new energy vehicles, biofuels, sustainability and development. We have recorded a short video of some highlights of the day for those who were unable to attend.  [Watch video on Youtube] or [View Photo Gallery]


CEBC IS EXPANDING - JOB VACANCY FOR MEMBERSHIP RELATIONSHIP MANAGER
CEBC's Membership Relationship Manager will act as liaison between CEBC and its membership and develop and foster strong and mutually beneficial relationships. This is a first level management role. Please contact sarah@cleanenergybusinesscouncil.com to apply.

MEMBERS NEWS

PROF. AYMAN AL-MAAITAH OF PRECISION INDUSTRIES
Prof. Ayman Al-Maaitah, CEO of R&D and Renewables at  Precision Industries  visited the Clean Air Forum courtesy of CEBC. He spoke to us briefly about his time at the event, and some of the key messages and information obtained during his time there. If you would like to know more about Precision Industries, please visit their website at  http://www.pi-dubai.com [Watch video on Youtube]

14TH MEETING OF IRENA COUNCIL
Discussions at the 14th Meeting of the Council of the  International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) centered on scaling up renewable energy deployment and investment. Members also considered means to resolve the gap between national renewable energy plans, deployment, and targets set within the framework of the Paris Agreement on climate change.  [Read More]
ACWA POWER SEES DUBAI CSP FINANCIAL CLOSURE IN EARLY 2018
Saudi-based utilities developer  Acwa Power will reach financial closure on the world's largest single-site concentrated solar power (CSP) project, underway in Dubai, by the first quarter of 2018.  "We're very confident of achieving financial closure on target for the Dubai plant in the first quarter; the minute the financing closes, and it goes into construction, people realise it's real and it creates yet another buzz around it," Paddy Padmanathan told The National  [Read More]
BNEF: APPLICATIONS FOR BLOCKCHAIN GROW IN ENERGY, TRANSPORT 
Blockchain is a network of distributed nodes - humans and machines participating in peer-to-peer transactions. Data from these transactions is broadcast to the network and hashed together to form a chain of data blocks stored across the network. This brief describes the importance of Blockchain and its implications for the future. [Read More]

ETIHAD ENERGY SERVICES COMPANY TO POWER DEWA WATER RESERVOIRS WITH SOLAR PV
Etihad ESCO has been awarded the contract for the development and installation of solar PV systems at DEWA water reservoirs.  Theinstallation of these systems will reduce the emirate's carbon footprint and increase the proportion of solar power in Dubai's energy mix.   "The installation of solar PV systems at DEWA water reservoirs comes under the implementation of the vision of the Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai , HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to transform Dubai into one of the most sustainable cities in the world," said Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad ESCO. 
SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC AND SAUDI ELECTRICITY COMPANY SIGN MoU TO DRIVE ENERGY OPTIMISATION IN KSA
Schneider Electric and Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) have signed an MoU to provide SEC with a range of products and solutions designed for the utility market.  It aims at cooperating and providing valuable financing solutions to SEC to improve and optimize energy performance in Saudi Arabia. [Read More]
ALL QUALITY MATTERS - PV MODULE TECHNOLOGY & APPLICATIONS FORUM
TÜV Rheinland  is hosting a "All Quality Matters" PV Module Technology & Applications Forum on the 28th and 29th January 2018 in Cologne, Germany. The event will include topics from recent developments in module and component technologies, as well as reliability and application. The focus topic in a separate session will deal with energy storage and safety.  The forum will be arranged in English and German language with support of professional translators. [Visit Forum Website]
EMIRATES COALITION FOR GREEN SCHOOLS ROUNDTABLE
Emirates Green Building Council  will soon release a white paper on sustainability of schools in the UAE.  During a roundtable in the presence of school and environmental leaders,  Charles Blaschke, managing director of Taka Solutions  said that "being green" is not limited to saving energy. There are many other factors that play a role, including the elimination of noise pollution, usage of LED lights, ensuring clean air quality. [Read More]
DC PRO TO PLAY LEADING ROLE IN AUSTRALIA'S DRIVE TOWARDS GREENER FUTURE
DC PRO Engineering has expanded its operations and  opened two offices in Australia to service growing demand from a push towards renewable energy.  Renewables are earmarked as a key driver in Australia's energy future as the country transitions  away from fossil fuels to cleaner, greener energy in line with its commitment to cut carbon  emissions under the terms of the Paris Agreement.  [Read More]
MEMBERS PROJECT UPDATE

ETIHAD ESCO
CEBC Member Etihad ESCO has a number of exciting projects underway. This week is the second of three updates on their  Dubai International Airport Retrofit Project , Dubai Golf Retrofit Project and  Wasl Properties Retrofit Project.

Dubai Golf Retrofit Project
Dubai Golf and Etihad Energy Services Company (ESCO) signed a historic AED 31.6-million energy performance agreement to implement energy conservation measures at Dubai Golf on a guaranteed-energy-saving basis. Etihad ESCO will offer best practices that will save electricity and water, as well as provide photovoltaic solutions.  The project is expected to help Dubai Golf to save 8.59 GWh of electricity and 11.7 Million IG of water annually, which will help it to slash its annual energy bill by AED 4.42 Million and reduce carbon emission by 3,700 tonnes.  The contract was signed by Eng. Ali Al Jassim, CEO, Etihad ESCO and Christopher May, CEO of Dubai Golf, on the third day of the 19th Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) 2017. 


REPORTS, PUBLICATIONS AND TOOLS
SOLAR PV PRICES VS CUMULATIVE CAPACITY, 1976-2016
Solar PV module prices (measured in 2016 US$ per watt-peak) versus cumulative installed  capacity (measured in megawatts-peak, MWp). This represents the 'learning curve' for solar PV and  approximates a 22% reduction in price for every doubling of cumulative capacity. [View Graph]
HOW TO MAKE CARBON TAXES MORE ACCEPTABLE | POLICY
Taxing carbon is one of the best ways to incentivise the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.  By putting a price on carbon, emitters are confronted with the environmental cost of their actions and forced to manage their carbon output. While other policy interventions are also required, putting a price on carbon is central to reducing emissions cost-effectively.  [Download Report]
IEA: ENERGY EFFICIENCY 2017
Energy efficiency stands at a crossroads today. Strong efficiency gains continued to be made in 2016, even as energy prices fell. But at the same time, governments are not coming up with new policies fast enough, relying on existing regulations instead, precisely at the time when a pipeline of new efficiency policies should be coming into force. This report addresses the concern that efficiency gains could take a step back. [Read More]
UPCOMING CEBC EVENTS

WEBINAR: HOW DIGITALISATION WILL BOOST ENERGY INDUSTRY PROFIT THROUGH THE WHOLE SUPPLY CHAIN - 20 DECEMBER 2017 AT 2PM DUBAI TIME

The digitalization of the energy industry is a system overhaul, breaking down boundaries between sectors, increasing flexibility and enabling integration across the entire system. This webinar analyses how embracing digitalization early on will position energy companies along the supply chain to profit from a customer-centric approach. Speakers include David Turk, Acting Director, International Energy Agency (IEA), Mohammed Atif, Area Manager Middle East & Africa, DNV GL Energy, Schneider Electric and Katarina Hasbani, Founder of The August Company



MENA CLEAN ENERGY NEWS

Solar power reaches Dubai's chickens
A new solar power plant has been installed at Emirates Modern Poultry (Al Rawdah) farm in Dubai, providing power for more than 45,000 birds. [Read More]

Could Decentralized Data Have The Potential To Power Smart Cities?
Risto Karjalainen, COO of Streamr, talks about what it means to be a 'smart city' and the implications of decentralized data to this concept.  [Read More]

BP returns to solar power with $200m stake in Lightsource
BP has paid $200m (£149m) for a 43% stake in Europe's biggest solar developer, marking its return to the sector from which it withdrew six years ago. [Read More]

Ivory Coast and Morocco gain support for renewable projects
The renewable energy sectors of Ivory Coast and Morocco have both received a boost to further develop their planned projects.  [Read More]

EBRD provides $22 million loan to new solar power plant in Jordan
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will extend a $22 million-loan for the construction and operation of a 50-MWPV plant in Risha, 300 km from Amman. [Read More]

Localising smart meter technology in Saudi Arabia
In this video, Khalid Abunayyan, President & CEO of Abunayyan Holdings, discusses the use of smart meter technology in KSA. [Read More]

Saudi Arabia and China launch 'digital Silk Road'
Saudi Arabia and China have activated a MoU to develop a 'digital silk road' in a bid to boost trade between the two countries through the development of smart cities. [Read More]

Turkish gov't incentives boost solar power investments
Government incentives, profitability and aspirations to utilize Turkey's renewable energy resources have driven up investments in solar power plants across the country. [Read More]

Saudi Arabia to revise electricity tariffs starting next month
Saudi Arabia's council of ministers has approved gradual revision of energy prices in the Kingdom including changes to electricity tariffs effective from Jan 1. 2018. [Read More]

Climate Finance Institutional Update: Adaptation Finance in the Spotlight
During November, COP 23 generated numerous announcements around climate finance, as well as finance-related issues in intergovernmental negotiations. [Read More]
JOIN THE CEBC

For information on ou r membership packages please  click hereTo view our  members directory, please  click here Please contact  Sarah Fitzgerald   if you would like to join the CEBC

FOUNDING & PARTNER MEMBERS


STRATEGIC PARTNERS


   MEDIA PARTNERS


FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  View our videos on YouTube  View on Instagram  View our profile on LinkedIn