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CEBC honoured with award from DEWA
On 23rd October 2017, at a Gala Dinner held at the Grant Hyatt Dubai,  CEBC was presented an award by  H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA. This award, accepted by CEBC CEO Stephane Le Gentil, recognised the contribution of CEBC to the Dubai Solar Show and the DSS Seminar Week. We are grateful and humbled for the recognition and support from DEWA.

Dubai Solar Show Seminar Week 2017 a great success
CEBC along with its knowledge partners, hosted the Dubai Solar Show Seminar Week at the Dubai Solar Show/WETEX during October. The event featured expert speakers from all over the world, and saw thousands of visitors to the seminar area during the show. We thank all the speakers and visitors for taking time to join us.  [Download Presentations]   [Photo Gallery]

Empowering Saudi women can bring huge economic benefit
CEBC Chairman  H.E. Dr. Nasser Saidi shares his thoughts on the historic decision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive. He believes this decision signals a clear determination and political will for deep socio-cultural reforms within the Kingdom which will further enhance the modernisation of its economy and society.  [Read More]

Global EVRT launching longest electric vehicle road trip In Middle East
CEBC is proud to partner with Global EVRT's second long-distance electric vehicle road trip in the Middle East to launch on 18 January 2018. It will start at WFES in Abu Dhabi and run for nine days across the UAE and Oman, and will include the opening of new electric vehicle charging stations along the route, expanding travel options for electric vehicle users.  [Read More]

Solar in the MENA Region: Milestones 2017 & Surprises 2018
In an exclusive report filmed at InterSolar Middle East in September, SolarPV.TV interviewed Jenny Chase, Manager Solar Insight at  Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a CEBC Founding Member. Here Jenny shares her thoughts on the milestones observed in the solar business during 2017, and what surprises the sector may have in store for 2018. [Watch video]

GCC and EU experts share policies, practices for energy efficiency and cooling technologies 
This month CEBC participated at t he Kuwait Society of Engineers/EU-GCC two-day workshop in Kuwait. The event aimed to foster partnerships between stakeholders from the EU and the GCC to discuss energy efficiency and cooling technologies suitable for the region, exchange best practices and advance collaboration between the EU and GCC. [ Read More]

Launch of the 2017/2018 CEBC Schools Programme
Around 30 students from Dubai visited the Dubai Solar Show in a field trip organised by  CEBC. Students saw a presentation from  Dubai Solar Schools, made solar powered art at a workshop hosted by  Imdaad, and learnt about clean technologies from  ENGIE. Thank you to those organisations who helped make the trip happen! We are looking for sponsors for our 2017/2018 programme - for more information and to get involved please contact Belinda.      [Visit CEBC Schools website]

Dubai Vision Awards Ceremony
On 30 October  CEBC joined the Dubai Vision Awards Ceremony, run by our Partners the S heikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and Dubai Solar Schools/Arch Italy. Winning schools presented their ideas on the green future of Dubai, and were awarded AED40,000 for their efforts. CEBC was proud to present the cheque for the winners of the ' Imagine Tomorrow' category, to the New Indian Model School.   [Read More]

Are you interested in becoming a member of the CEBC?
Our stand at Dubai Solar Show attracted a lot of interest. If you would like to become a member of the  CEBC, please feel free to contact us using the information at the end of this email. You may also download our Information Pack, which contains information about membership and CEBC activities.  [Download Information Pack]

CEBC Pavilion at World Future Energy Summit 
    
The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) is one of the most influential annual events in the world dedicated to advancing future energy, energy efficiency and clean technology. WFES brings together over 30,000 visitors from over 175 countries and over 1,500 conference delegates.

As part of the Energy Efficiency Expo, CEBC will be hosting its own pavilion, allowing our members to attract government leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the industry. It is the perfect opportunity to network and grow your business with the support of CEBC.

Exclusive to our members, CEBC offers two discounted options for member organisations that sign up to exhibit through our pavilion.  View details, pricing, and location of the CEBC Pavilion. [Download Brochure]

Please contact Belinda Birchall, CEBC Marketing Manager, as soon as possible on belinda@cleanenergybusinesscouncil.com if you would like to explore this fantastic opportunity. 

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CEBC Member Updates

Green finance a key component of sustainable growth strategy
Mohammad Salama,  Standard Chartered UAE, provides his thoughts on green finance and how it fits into the growth strategy of the UAE. According to the UAE's State of Green Economy Report, of the country's 79 financial institutions, 48% already provide a green product/service, and at least 0.27% of GDP is invested in domestic green investment. This will need to continue to grow to meet the objectives of the Green Agenda 2015-2030.  [Read More]

Community called to pool resources to fund solar projects
Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE)  and  DP World  signed an agreement to use crowdfunding to fund the retrofitting of warehouses in Mina Rashid. Through crowdfunding, UAE residents will be able to fund a total of 3,000KW of solar energy, and receive a return through the KW hours generated.  Dubai Carbon is working with Innogy International Middle East on developing a blockchain technology for this application.  [Read More]

IFC-led consortium Invests $653m in solar park in Egypt
An  IFC -led syndicate provided a $653m debt package to finance the construction of 13 solar power plants near the Egyptian city of Aswan. The plants will be part of the larger Benban Solar Park, which, once complete, will be the largest solar installation in the world.   The power plants will generate up to 752MW of solar power supplying Egypt with clean, renewable energy and contributing to energy security in the region.   [Read More]

Oman utility company plans wind resource assessment
Oman Power and Water Procurement Company launched a wind assessment campaign during October. The campaign will be conducted across Oman, and the tender included the provision of equipment/sensors, installation, operation and maintenance and data validation. The research findings will be used to support the future development of wind power projects in Oman.  [Read More]
Saudi Acwa plans $4B renewables splurge next year
Acwa Power plans to spend USD4 billion on renewable energy projects next year, with plants to be developed in Dubai, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco. Acwa Power will use project financing for the plants, with 80% of the cost to come from debt and the remainder equity.  [Read More]

Solar panels to hit Dubai golf courses
Dubai Golf will install solar panels across its facilities after signing a Dh31.6M deal to implement energy conservation measures. It signed an energy performance agreement with  Etihad Energy Services Company  on a guaranteed energy savings basis for the next eight years. The panels will deliver up to 680KW of peak power, to help reduce electricity costs.   [Read More]
Itron Receives Prestigious Chairman's Award from the Alliance to Save Energy
Itron has received the Chairman's Award from the Alliance to Save Energy for its OpenWay Riva IoT solution for smart cities and smart utilities. The annual award is given to an individual or organization that has shown exemplary service to the cause of energy efficiency.  [Read More]

UAE leads in creation of green energy jobs in Gulf
Remarks made by officials of the  International Renewable Energy Agency  and the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment at the Dubai Science Park Green Leadership forum confirmed that the Gulf Arab state has implemented the new strategic green energy policy, which stimulates the creation of green energy jobs.   [Read More]


Dubai Supreme Council of Energy unveils winners of Emirates Energy Awards
On 24 October the  Dubai Supreme Council of Energy hosted the 3rd Emirates Energy Awards. Held concurrently with the fourth edition of the World Green Economy Summit, it was attended by the industry's elite and leading energy professionals, who came together to recognise and celebrate the achievement of 33 winners.   [Read More]
SolarPV TV interview with Antonello Cammisecra, CEO at ENEL Green Power
During the launch of the RES4AFRICA Ethiopia Programme held in Addis Ababa, SolarPV TV spoke to Antonello Cammisecra, CEO at  ENEL Green Power  and President of RES4AFRICA, about his ambitions for the region.   The goal of  RES4AFRICA and  its key founding member, ENEL Green Power - is to build a sustainable future for the African continent.   [Read More]

DEWA looks to gain with new tech investment firm in Silicon Valley
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority launched Jumeirah Energy International (JEI) Silicon Valley Company, a wholly-owned investment subsidiary of DEWA designed to develop start-ups in the technology sector.  The investment company will primarily look for opportunities linked to research and development and innovation.    [Read More]

Enerwhere crowdfunding hits nearly $700K
Enerwhere , a clean energy utility company, has raised more investor funds than any other to date on the Eurecca equity crowdfunding platform, now reaching 94% of its $700k target. Investors are looking for energy businesses focused on renewable energy, highlighting that only 3% of renewable energy investment globally is concentrated in the Middle East.  [Read More]

EY: China remains most attractive renewable energy market
China holds its position at the top of the latest  Ernst and Young Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index  (RECAI) after overtaking the US, while India's second position in the top 40 country ranking looks increasingly precarious.  This follows cancelled  wind energy  power purchase agreements and steep falls in tariffs bid in recent auctions.  [Read More]

Energetics develops National Energy Efficiency Data Framework for Oman
Energetics completed a project for the Authority for Electricity Regulation in Oman to develop a national energy efficiency data framework for electricity consumption. The results are being used by the Omani government to help establish national energy efficiency policies and programs.  Energetics partnered with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) to complete the work. [Read More]

Dubai Carbon, ENGIE sign MoU to develop renewable energy
The  Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence  and  ENGIE  signed an MoU to seek opportunities to apply solutions for renewable energy and energy efficiency in Dubai and throughout the region.  The partnership enables joint work to be undertaken in the fields of sustainability, the environment, climate change and social responsibility.   [Read More]

Renault out to lead green future in the Middle East
Renault released details of a six-year plan which it hopes will cement its reputation as an EV trailblazer in the region. The Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi motors alliance has pledged to launch 12 new zero-emission electric vehicles by 2022 and is a significant step in supporting the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050.  [Read More]
DC Pro expands as green demand grows
UAE-based engineering consultancy  DC Pro says its new offices will allow it to service the growing demand for renewable energy from businesses in Australia. The offices will work with public and private entities spanning the east and west electricity grids. DC Pro plans to adapt the latest innovations and approaches to meet the energy distribution, generation and storage needs of Australia consumers.   [Read More]
DEWA to install solar carports at Dubai headquarters
DEWA  announced it intends to install solar carports at its headquarters in Dubai, as well as the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment building. The project is underway and aims to install panels at parking lots at both sites to generate clean electricity. The move is part of DEWA's efforts to increase its reliance on clean energy and support Dubai's smart transformation. [Read More]

Our latest member - Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP)
We would like to offer a warm welcome to our latest CEBC Member, the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP). A member of Nama Group, OPWP is the single buyer of water for all IPP/IWPP projects within the Sultanate of Oman. The OPWP is responsible for ensuring that there is sufficient electricity and water production capacity available at the lowest cost to meet the growing demands in the Sultanate of Oman. 
Job Vacancy: Lighting Myanmar Programme Manager with IFC
IFC is seeking a Program Manager (PM) to oversee and manage the Lighting Myanmar Program based in Yangon, Myanmar.  The PM will manage the implementation of the Lighting Myanmar project and provide support to other Energy & Water Advisory projects in Myanmar and the broader region. S/he will be responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of the project, working with a team of consultants hired to support specific activities. Applications Close 10 November.  [Read more]

Reports, Publications & Tools
 
Market Report Series - Renewables 2017 - International Energy Agency (IEA)
Despite lower fossil fuel prices, renewable power expanded at its fastest-ever rate in 2015. This report examines the renewables market, looking closely at how renewable energy in the power, heat and transportation sectors will evolve over the next five years in the face of lower fossil fuel prices. It explores recent renewable deployment and policy trends across different regions and countries, particularly as costs for wind and solar PV continue to fall.    [Read overview]

Road Tech: Addressing the challenges of traffic growth|Economist Intelligence
This report examines the role of technology and smart engineering in addressing issues arising from the growth in traffic. It contains analysis on the  generation of electricity from road infrastructure, solar roads and piezoelectric technology. There is also a broader discussion on addressing the adverse contribution to climate change from growing traffic.   [Read Report]

Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index
In this issue of the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness, Ben Warren discusses how digitisation, decentralisation and decarbonisation promise to transform the retail energy market by becoming three key disruptors. Also highlighted is the fact that, in a market disrupted by technology, the customer relationship will have to come front and centre. [Download Report]

As solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems become increasingly competitive, continued market growth depends on assurances of performance and durability. Quality assurance protects and accelerates future PV investments, lowers capital costs, improves performance, extends module lifespans and lowers the resulting electricity costs. This handbook outlines the best practices to develop and implement QI for solar PV. [Download Report]

Battery electricity storage is a key technology in the world's transition to a sustainable energy system. Battery systems can support a wide range of services from providing frequency response, reserve capacity, black-start capability and other grid services, to storing power in electric vehicles, upgrading mini-grids and supporting "self-consumption" of rooftop solar power. This report provides an overview of the current state of battery storage technology, and likely future developments and projections.  [Download Report]

MENA Clean Energy News

The challenge ahead for UAE green building legislation
Nick Constantine, Cavendish Maxwell, says that while green building legislation is a welcome development in the UAE, there's plenty of work remaining. [Read More]

Dubai's DEWA makes 453 photovoltaic roof top installations
Photovoltaic systems with a combined capacity of around 18.7MW have been installed on the roofs of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings in Dubai. [Read More]

More than 1,000 hybrid taxis on Dubai streets
Dubai Taxi has added more Toyota Camry hybrid cars, more than doubling its current fleet of 500. [Read More]

Smart cities: Is the GCC seeing the transformation?
From less traffic congestion on roads to connected healthcare systems, smart cities are hoped to revolutionise the way the region functions. [Read More]

First of its kind: Hatta hydroelectric plant study underway

Renewable efficiency will lead to greater uptake
Improved energy storage and the increasing efficiency of PV solar power will be the primary technological innovations for the region's energy sector over the next two or three years, experts said. [Read More]

Going green: Sustainable construction in the Middle East
Middle East Consultant talks to four consultants about sustainability, unique regional challenges and future opportunities. [Read More]

Big Oil's $1bn climate fund to invest in cement, engines and gas
The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), headed by 10 chief executives from the world's largest oil firms, has awarded part of its US$1 billion fund to three low carbon technology companies. [Read More]

Egypt, Saudi Arabia expected to remain hot spots for foreign investments: Ernst & Young
A recent report issued by Ernst & Young expected Egypt and Saudi Arabia to remain hot spots for foreign investment in the coming period. [Read More]


Norway solar firm signs $4 billion deal with Iran
Just days after US President Donald Trump called for further isolation of Iran, a Norwegian solar company signed a deal to invest €2.5 billion (S$4 billion) in the country over the next five years. [Read More]

Iran, Egypt weigh down Mena outlook for renewables, IEA says
The International Energy Agency (IEA) downgraded its five-year outlook for renewables in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region as a result of financial risks for projects in Iran and Egypt. [Read More]

Iran Most Advanced Mideast Country in Renewable Energies: Forbes
A report by Forbes says European firms are pouring funding into renewable energy projects in Iran, which it believes is the most advanced country in the region in terms of renewable energy development. [Read More]

Iran's solar steps
Iran's renewables goals are starting to come to fruition since the lifting of UN sanctions in 2016, with  European solar firms already being to gear up for development. [Read More]

US firm to build solar plants in blackout-plagued Gaza
The Gaza Strip will have three new solar energy plants operating by April, providing the territory with some relief from daily blackouts. [Read More]

GlassPoint Presents New Cost Saving Results from its Gigawatt Solar Project in Oman
GlassPoint Solar recently published new cost saving achievements in a technical paper presented at SolarPACES 2017, detailing how it has reduced costs by 55 percent as its technology scales up. [Read More]

Miraah solar plant delivers first steam to Amal West Oilfield
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and GlassPoint Solar have completed construction on the first block of the Miraah solar plant safely on schedule and on budget. [Read More]

Wind turbines suspended high in the sky have potential as an alternative power source for Saudi Arabia
The idea of tethered wind turbines generating electricity from high-altitude winds seems futuristic, but KAUST research has identified the most favorable areas for high-altitude wind-energy systems in MENA. [Read More]

Interview: after Saudi Arabia, how low can solar prices go?
The recent tender for 300 MW of solar PV saw a bid of $0.0178/kWh - the lowest price by far yet seen globally. Aymen Grira of Altran discusses this bid, the wider PV potential of the MENA region. [Read More]

Leveraging Bitcoin & Blockchain For 'Solar Power' Sun Exchange Scores $1.6M From U.S. Investors
Sun Exchange, a peer-to-peer solar equipment leasing marketplace based in South Africa, has raised $1.6M in seed financing from strategic partners  to accelerate global access to solar power. [Read More]

Boeing-backed, hybrid-electric commuter plane to hit US market in 2022
A Seattle-area startup, backed by the venture capital arms of Boeing and JetBlue Airways announced plans on Thursday to bring a small hybrid-electric commuter aircraft to market by 2022.  [Read More]
Industry Events and Conferences

RetrofitTech KSA
6 - 7 November
Riyadh, KSA

Dii Desert Energy Forum
13 - 14 November
Grosvenor House Hotel
Dubai, UAE

Utility Scale Solar
14 - 15 November
Beirut, Lebanon

Big 5 Solar Show
26 - 29 November
Dubai World Trade Centre
Dubai, UAE

Aspen Energy Forum
29 November - 2 December
Rome, Italy

Solar Tec Egypt
2 - 3 December
Cairo, Egypt

Saudi Arabia Smart Grid
12 - 14 December
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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