|30 October, 2019

Kuwait Electricity Minister stresses need for smart grids

Power consumption hit 14,420 megawatts in the summer of 2019, up 3.7%

Image for illustrative purposes. Camels graze around power grid towers in the Kuwaiti desert .

Image for illustrative purposes. Camels graze around power grid towers in the Kuwaiti desert .

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KUWAIT - Kuwaiti Minister of Oil and Minister of Electricity and Water Khalid Al-Fadel said on Wednesday there is now a pressing need to use smart grids to launch mega development projects.

Addressing Kuwait Smart Grid Conference & Exhibition, the minister said in a speech delivered on behalf of him by Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Electricity for Smart Grids Jassem Al-Nouri that the event aims at saving power, promoting economic openings and reducing carbon emissions.

He added that power consumption hit 14,420 megawatts in the summer of 2019, up 3.7 percent.

The minister underlined the significance of finding new ways and detailed studies for the management of smart grids, pointing out the ministry's interest in saving power through available technological methods. The smart grid refers to next generation power grids, with multi-directional flows of electricity and information to make a wide distributed network.

Through smart grid, the power system becomes smart by communicating, sensing, controlling and applying intelligence. Advances in power electronics and communication, and emphasis on renewable energy, as well as consumer participation in both production and consumption of electricity are the major drivers in making the power system a Smart Grid.

Kuwait Smart Grid Conference & Exhibition offers a unique platform for exchanging knowledge and expertise about latest power and grid technologies, with a focus on the smart grid technology, smart power generation, renewable solutions, energy efficiency and smart metering.

Kuwait Smart Grid Conference & Exhibition will bring together industry stakeholders, government authorities, research and innovation institutes, regional and global experts and solution providers discussing and evaluating the way forward and the future of the grid and metering infrastructure in the GCC region. (end) zak.nfa.mt

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