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      Projecting Saudi Sectoral Electricity Demand in 2030 Using a Computable General Equilibrium Model
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Projecting Saudi Sectoral Electricity Demand in 2030 Using a Computable General Equilibrium Model

      Salaheddine Soummane, Frédéric Ghersi

      Projecting future demand for electricity is central to power sector planning, as these projections inform capacity investment requirements and related infrastructure expansions. Electricity is not currently economically storable in large volumes. Thus, the underlying drivers of electricity demand and potential…

      Salaheddine Soummane Soummane, Salaheddine
      Frédéric Ghersi Frédéric Ghersi
      9th September 2021
      If Renewable Energy is Getting Cheaper, Why Are Electricity Prices Increasing?
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      If Renewable Energy is Getting Cheaper, Why Are Electricity Prices Increasing?

      Salaheddine Soummane

      In this commentary, we discuss the impact of renewable energy penetration on end-user electricity prices driven by the observed development in European countries since 2000. We conclude with a discussion on how Saudi Arabia is benefiting from its development of…

      Salaheddine Soummane Soummane, Salaheddine
      6th June 2021
      Assessing the Role of Renewables in Reducing Emissions in the Saudi Power Sector Using Mixed-Integer Optimization
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Assessing the Role of Renewables in Reducing Emissions in the Saudi Power Sector Using Mixed-Integer Optimization

      Amro Elshurafa, Hatem Al Atawi, Salaheddine Soummane, Frank Felder

      Renewable energy (RE) technologies are viewed as a critical means of reducing power sector-related emissions. Using mixed-integer optimization, we evaluate the extent to which renewable energy reduces carbon emissions in the Saudi power sector.

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      Hatem Al Atawi Al Atawi, Hatem
      Salaheddine Soummane Soummane, Salaheddine
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      2nd June 2021
      Overview of Saudi Electricity Demand (1970–2018)
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Overview of Saudi Electricity Demand (1970–2018)

      Salaheddine Soummane

      Saudi Arabia’s demand for electricity is undergoing unprecedented changes. In recent years, the government has implemented several efficiency measures and pricing reforms to curb demand growth. These measures started delivering concrete results in 2016. After decades of rapid growth, the…

      Salaheddine Soummane Soummane, Salaheddine
      29th March 2021
      Saudi Electricity Demand Drops for the First Time on Record
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Saudi Electricity Demand Drops for the First Time on Record

      Salaheddine Soummane

      Since 1990, Saudi Arabia’s electricity consumption has risen rapidly and consistently, at an average rate of around 6% per year. This growth rate is considerably high when compared with the global average growth rate of 3% and 4.8% in developed…

      Salaheddine Soummane Soummane, Salaheddine
      12th October 2020
      Saudi Electricity Demand for 2018-2019 based on Saudi Electricity Company Data
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Saudi Electricity Demand for 2018-2019 based on Saudi Electricity Company Data

      Salaheddine Soummane

      Saudi electricity demand grew by 5% per year between 2010 and 2018. The Saudi government implemented two energy price reforms, in 2016 and 2018, which included significant electricity tariff hikes. The government also implemented a range of efficiency measures to…

      Salaheddine Soummane Soummane, Salaheddine
      21st June 2020