• Type Workshop
  • Date 31st March 2021
  • Time 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Riyadh - GMT+3)
  • Language English

Workshop

This webinar is co-hosted with the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC)

Understanding and projecting long-term electricity demand is a fundamental input for power system expansion. It is also a tool for investment planning and energy policy formulation. Saudi and the region’s electricity demand has been growing at a fast pace over the past decades for several reasons: low regulated electricity tariffs, population, and economic growth increasing living standards.

However, the implementation of energy price reforms and broader structural changes within the Saudi and region’s economies caused a flattening in electricity demand. Therefore, the region’s policymakers are facing several uncertainties regarding future electricity demand patterns. Moreover, disruptive loads and new emerging technologies are posing a new set of challenges for the electricity industry. 

Will the observed slowdown of electricity demand be a transitory effect or a long-lasting weakening of electricity demand growth in Saudi Arabia and the region? How will the new loads change the outlook of electricity demand?

Speakers

Ahmed Al-Balawi

Ahmed Al-Balawi

Renewable & Energy Storage Research Group Leader, Saudi Electricity Company

Dr. Ashok Sarkar

Dr. Ashok Sarkar

Senior Energy Specialist (Middle East, GCC & South Asia), World Bank Group

Ahmed Elbermbali

Ahmed Elbermbali

Managing Director, Clean Energy Business Council MENA

H.E. Eng. Fatima Alfoora Alshamsi

H.E. Eng. Fatima Alfoora Alshamsi

Policy Executive Director, Department of Energy, Abu Dhabi

Dr. Shihab Elborai

Dr. Shihab Elborai

Partner, Strategy& Middle East

Soummane, Salaheddine

Salaheddine Soummane

Research Associate

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