MENA Clean Energy Month in Review 
Roundup by the CEO
Dear Members and Colleagues,

Momentum continues in the MENA region with exciting clean energy developments including the announcement by Kuwait Petroleum Corporation to build between one and four solar PV plants on the Al-Shagaya Renewable Energy Park. Kuwait is also finalizing tender terms for a CSP steam production plant at a heavy crude oilfield operated by the Kuwait Oil Company.
Oman Power and Water Procurement Company issued an RFP for legal advisory sevices for the development of a commercial scale solar power plant to be connected to the Main Interconnected System in Oman.
Abu Dhabi launched a solar certification scheme to ensure regulatory standards for small scale units are met as the emirate gears up for more residential installations. The Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council has created a conformity assessment plan for suppliers and manufacturers to meet the requirements created by the Regulatory and Supervision Bureau.
Financing of Phase 3 of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai has been completed with a finance structure that is backed by seven institutions which includes Islamic investment.
Five consortia have been officially pre-qualified for Phase I of the Noor Midelt Project in Morocco composed of two plants both hybrid Photovoltaic and Concentrated Solar Power power plants with storage, and with a CSP gross capacity between 150 MW and 190 MW each. 
CEBC has a busy schedule of activities planned with our next event, a webinar on How to Harness the Immense Electricial Vehicle Opportunity taking place on 11 July.  More details and how to register are included in the events section below.
I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events and wish you a great month ahead.

Stephane le Gentil

MENA Region's Movement Toward a Clean Energy Future
The CEBC seeks to promote the clean energy industry and inform the wider community of the benefits of the sector in the region. In collaboration with government agencies and stakeholders, the CEBC develops policies and regulations in this quickly developing and exciting sector. [Read More] 

CEBC Schools Program Annual Competition Results
More than 40,000 students from 30 schools across the Emirates participated in the 2017 edition of CEBC's annual UAE Interschool Competition. GEMS Our Own High School Al Warqa'a were awarded this year's grand prize of AED 5,000 to support sustainability initiatives at the school. Universal American School won the Student's Choice prize of AED3,000. [Read More]

Members Iftar
CEBC welcomed our members for the second annual Members Iftar on 14 June to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan. Members gathered at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Dubai to relax and mingle with colleagues and friends over this special meal. A lovely evening was had by all and CEBC thanks everyone who joined us for this special occasion.

Cloud seeding: The Expensive Business of Rain in the Desert
Cloud seeding has been taking place in the UAE for the past ten years. The hope is that by increasing rainfall, cloud seeding can help to replenish the country's diminishing water supplies. But is it a cost effective way of doing it? See CEBC Chairman Dr. Nasser Saidi shares his perspective on cloud seeding in this 2014 interview. [Watch Here]

New Members
British Embassy
The British Embassy serves as the diplomatic representative mission of the United Kingdom in the UAE, with embassies in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Both embassies work to improve links between our two countries. We have a shared agenda in many areas of political and practical co-operation, borne of many years of collaboration since before the UAE was formed. [Read more] 

Now a Partner Member with CEBC, Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. [Read More]

EDF Energy
EDF is involved in the Middle East through major energy projects for more than 30 years. The Group is supporting clients and providing solutions to their electrical needs through a complete range of efficient solutions and services: power plants including renewables, operation & maintenance services, transmission and distribution electricity projects, smart grids and smart city projects, energy efficiency for buildings, heating/cooling networks, feasibility studies and engineering support services. [Read more]

CEBC Events 
Webinar: How to Harness the Immense Electric Vehicle (EV) Opportunity
Date:         11 July 2017
Time:         2:00pm-3:30pm GST
Location:  Online Webinar 
Leading industry analysts believe that Electric Vehicles (EVs) with ranges from 200km to 500km on a charge will have the same up-front costs to buy in 2025 as combustion engine vehicles. This is a ga me changer for the automotive industry and the global economics of oil, merging this huge market into the electricity realm, slowly but surely.
This global shift represents a huge opportunity for the electricity market - and especially renewables, since it is important that clean energy fuel Electric Vehicles. But challenges remain to understand what is the size of the opportunity, how the market will develop and also as importantly, who will own the fleets of vehicles. 
In this webinar leading industry experts analyse in detail the challenges that creating and adapting infrastructure to this new reality will entail. It will focus on new business models arising, opportunities for distributed energy and the creating of a marketplace of buyers and sellers of energy.

This webinar is free to attend.    REGISTER HERE

  Webinar: Dispatchable Solar (PV and CSP with energy storage) 
Date:         15 August 2017 
Time:         2:00pm-3:30pm GST
Location:  Online Webinar 
With more solar electricity entering the grid at record low prices, the future of energy is renewable. But as more peak load electricity enters the system, batteries and storage become essential for load shifting and to maintain the integrity of the grid.  But what are the most promising technologies developing that allow grids to manage energy loads? Will the solution be maximizing one of those technologies or building new technologies? 
This webinar analyses in depth thermal storage, cool storage and batteries among other technologies; different approaches to resolve the same challenge of shifting energy from when it is produced to when it is needed - at the lowest possible cost.
This webinar is free to attend.   REGISTER HERE 

CEBC Member Updates

REmade Index - Call for Participation
Corporate sourcing of renewable energy has grown at a rapid pace as companies have turned to purchasing renewable energy in order to power and supply their own operations. In response to the high corporate interest in sourcing renewable energy, the International Renewable Energy Agency has launched an initiative which aims at supporting companies to continue and accelerate their procurement of renewable energy.  [Read More] 

Enerwhere Opens Opportunity for Crowdfunding Through Eureeca
Enerwhere is the first solar company in the Middle East that is enabling any member of the public to invest in and benefit from the growing renewable energy market. Through Eureeca, a crowd funding platform, Enerwhere is raising finance to deliver on its near-term project pipeline. Enerwhere has spent 5 years perfecting the technology and business model to replace hundreds of MW of diesel generation in the Middle East construction, oil & gas and hospitality sectors with solar hybrid plants.  [Read More]

Energy to 2040 - Faster Shift to Clean, Dynamic, Distributed Energy
Seb Henbest, Head of Europe and Middle East at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and CEBC Board Advisory Member, spoke at the NEO 2017 Launch in London and travelled to the US, presenting to senior executives from energy companies, policy-makers and investors a long- term forecast for the world's electricity system. [Read More] 

What Greater Role Can the Saudi Private Sector Take With the Launch of Vision 2030? | Interview with Paddy Padmanathan, CEO, ACWA Power
Paddy Padmanathan, President & CEO at ACWA Power, discusses the Saudi private sector and development of the renewable energy industry: About 80% of fixing any problem is becoming conscious of it and articulating a plan to fix it. That is what Saudi Arabia has achieved with Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Programme (NTP) so far.  [Read More]

ACWA Power CEO Paddy Padmanathan: Short Term Goal & Long Term Vision
During the 5th Anniversary Annual Conference of RES4MED held recently in Rome, Solar PV TV spoke exclusively to Paddy Padmanathan, CEO & President of ACWA Power about his short and long term visions for the World's transition & change of the society paradigm. [Watch Interview]

DC Pro Engineering Lands Top Award from Dubai SME
UAE-based DC Pro Engineering, a global leader in district cooling, co-generation, tri-generation and sustainability in Green Building MEP designs, has been awarded an A+ grade in The SME Rate Framework program by Dubai SME, the division set up by the Dubai Department of Economic Development to help grow Small to Medium Enterprises in the emirate. [Read More] 

The Impact of the 9.45 US$ cents CSP Bid on the MENA Region 
At 9.45 US$ cents per kWh for a 200 MW CSP plant with 18 hours of storage, the lowest bid presented in Dubai opens the possibility of replicating similar CSP bids across MENA, enabling countries in the region to harness the sun to produce clean and dispatchable energy at a competitive cost[Watch Video] 

Here Comes the Sun: Solar Energy in the Mideast
Three factors are working against greater uptake of solar power generation among UAE businesses, says Jeremy Crane, CEO of alternative energy consultancy Yellow Door. Cost isn't one of them. Crane estimates going solar saves Dubai firms 15-20 per cent on energy bills.  [Read More]

EDF Wins DEWA Consultancy Deal on Hydropower Project
France's EDF has been appointed to provide consultancy on a hydropower project in Dubai as part of an almost Dh2 billion development plan for Hatta. DEWA awarded the French firm a Dh58 million consultancy contract for the pumped storage hydroelectric facility in the Hatta region.  [Read More]

How Will EV Charging Impact the Power System?
Electric vehicles are an agent of change for not only the vehicle owner but also power generators and the power system. But when, and how will this change take place? This video explores the different scenarios that we will face. Will supply follow demand or vice versa? [Watch Film]

ENGIE Acquires 40% Stake in National Central Cooling Company PJSC
ENGIE acquired a 40% stake in National Central Cooling Company PJSC (Tabreed) from Mubadala Investment Company, the Abu Dhabi-based strategic investment company. ENGIE will thus become a Tabreed's key shareholder, along with Mubadala that will retain a 42% stake.  [Read More] 

ENGIE, Partner of the Solar Impulse Foundation for a Sustainable World
Isabelle Kocher, CEO of ENGIE, and Bertrand Piccard, founder of Solar Impulse, commit together to promoting concrete energy solutions that are both economically and ecologically viable. ENGIE and Solar Impulse are both convinced of the importance of innovation and technology in meeting this challenge.  [Read More]

DP World, Masdar Tie Up
DP World signed an MoU with Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, to explore areas of collaboration on clean energy solutions for DP World's ports and freezones in the Middle East and Africa. Under the deal, Masdar will work with DP World to address challenges related to the delivery of sustainable and cost-effective power generation. [Read More] 

5 Pre-Qualified Consortia for Noor Midelt Phase I
On 18 July 2016, Masen launched the process that would enable it to select potential developers for Phase I of the Noor Midelt Project. As a reminder, the project is to be developed through an Independent Power Producer (IPP) scheme consisting of the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the plants. [Read More] 

Solar Energy is the Key to Tackle Climate Change and Meeting Increasing Energy Demands, Says MD & CEO of Dubai's DEWA
The increasing issue of climate change has become a threat to all creatures, the environment, and biodiversity on Earth. This has become a challenge that the world must unite to overcome. Challenges faced by the modern-day world is but a fraction of what we can expect to face in the future, if we do not react quickly and work to mitigate the effects of climate change. [Read More]  

Industry Job Openings
C-Suite Leadership Job Opportunity
Role: Chief Financial Officer
Organization: Confidential
Location: Dubai, UAE  [Read More] 

Reports, Publications & Tools
Adapting Market Design to High Shares of Variable Renewable Energy    
Liberalised electricity markets require timely adaptation to support higher shares of variable renewable energy and distributed power generation. This study from IRENA presents the latest knowledge on the adaptation process for such markets, aiming to inform policy makers, regulators and system operators on the options available.   [Download Report] 

Renewable Energy Auctions: Analysing 2016
At least 67 countries had used auctions for renewable energy contracts by mid-2016, up from less than 10 in 2005. This auctions report from the International Renewable Energy Agency provides key updates on this crucial mechanism for price discovery and market development.  [Download Report] 
Green Growth Indicators 2017
Our ability to sustain economic and social progress in the long run will depend on our capacity to reduce dependence on natural capital as a source of growth, abate pollution, enhance the quality of physical and human capital and reinforce our institutions. This report provides information on the results achieved by OECD and G20 countries since 1990.  [Download Report]  

Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030 
Rethinking Transportation is the first in a series that analyzes the impacts of technology-driven disruption, sector by sector, across the economy. The aim is to produce analyses that reflect the reality of fast-paced technology-adoption S-curves. Mainstream analysts have produced linear and incremental forecasts that have consistently underplayed the speed and extent of technological disruptions, as in, for example, solar PV.  [Download Report] 

New Energy Outlook 2017 
This NEO assessment is focused on the parts of the system that are driving rapid change in markets, grid systems and business models. This includes the cost of wind and solar technology, battery storage, electricity demand and the uptake of EVs among others.  [Download Report] 
MENA Clean Energy News
Dubai launches solar calculator for customers
Residents and businesses in Dubai can now see how much money  power generated from the sun can save them with the Shams Dubai Calculator. [Read More]

Abu Dhabi ushers in new solar certification for homes and businesses
Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council has created an assessment scheme for suppliers and manufacturers of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to meet the requirements created by the RSB. [Read More]

UAE: Wind-power could offer a cheap desalination option for UAE      
Following the successful trial of solar desalination in UAE, wind power has emerged as another renewable energy for alternative to power desalination plants in UAE. [Read More] 
UAE: Financing secured for third phase of Dubai solar park
The project boasts a sophisticated finance structure that is backed by seven institutions and includes Islamic investment. [Read More]

Empower extends district cooling services to new areas
UAE-based Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) has announced that it has extended its district cooling solutions to Al Jaddaf area of Dubai with 30,000 refrigeration tons (RT). [Read More]

Fuel for Thought: What cheap solar means for you
Most in the UAE have seen an increase in our power bills this year, yet we keep hearing about all of these world-record breaking prices for solar power in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. [Read More] 
Lithium technology still leads the pack for renewable energy storage      
The biggest obstacle for renewable energy has always been taming the infrequent surges of the resource. But energy storage options could help harness those bursts to send power in a controlled manner.   [Read More] 

Petrol cars will vanish in 8 years, says US report from Stanford economist
The entire market for land transport will switch to electrification, leading to a collapse of oil prices and the demise of the petroleum industry as we have known it for a century. [Read More] 

The success of wind and solar is powered by strong policy support  
The biggest story in the global power sector is without doubt the rise of renewables, particularly the surge in wind and solar power deployment. [Read More]

Kuwait CSP tender tests efficiency gains in oil field steam generation
Solar Enhanced Oil Recovery has become a competitive technology for Middle East heavy oil producers looking to reduce on-site gas and oil consumption amid rising national power demand.  [Read More] 

Oman set for commercial scale solar power
An RFP seeking legal advisory services for the development of a Solar Independent Power Project has been issued by the Oman Power and Water Procurement Co after several years of planning. [Read More] 

Jordan, Kazakhstan urged to increase cooperation in 'energy of peace'
Jordan and Kazakhstan share a vision of world peace and that they represent a model to be followed when it comes to adopting renewable energy. [Read More] 
Jordan: Zarqa ties storage to its solar energy bids  
The Water Authority of Jordan says any developer may provide an additional proposal for its 50MW plant, complete with a battery storage facility to store any excess. [Read More] 

Consequences of global warming over Iran and the Middle Eastern countries
Based on climate prediction models, the average temperature in Middle Eastern countries will increase by 1.8-5.5 °C by the end of the 21st century.  [Read More] 
Solar solution brings water to besieged Syria town
Solar panels on wheels make for a strange sight on the streets of Syria's besieged Douma, but the makeshift generator is helping local residents secure water. [Read More]  
Morocco Signs Low-Carbon Transition Agreement With International Energy Agency
The Kingdom of Morocco has this week signed a three-year Joint Programme of Work with the International Energy Agency to help the country in its transition to a low-carbon economy. [Read More] 

What Islamic finance will mean for Morocco
After the Moroccan central bank finally approved Islamic finance in early 2017, the first Islamic bank has opened, with promising growth prospects for the banking industry as a whole.    [Read More]

Future Energy: China leads world in solar power production
Ten years ago, Geof Moser had just graduated with a master's degree in solar energy from Arizona State University - but he didn't feel much opportunity lay at his feet in his home country.  [Read More] 
Industry Events and Conferences

26-27 September
Conrad Hotel
Dubai, UAE

Electric Vehicles UAE
26-27 September
Dubai, UAE
Solar Projects Egypt
9-10 October
Cairo, Egypt

Dubai Solar Show
25-27 October
Dubai World Trade Centre
Dubai, UAE

RetrofitTech KSA
6-7 November
Riyadh, KSA

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 Decemeber
Cairo International Convention Centre
Cairo, Egypt

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