Abstract

This study suggests that energy efficiency programs in buildings can provide up to a 27 percent reduction in electricity consumption and a 30 percent reduction in peak electricity demand for Saudi Arabia. It is well recognized, however, that given the low electricity prices in Saudi Arabia there is little incentive for households and businesses to invest in energy efficiency. On the other hand, when system-wide benefits of energy efficiency investments are included their value is much higher, especially from the government’s perspective. These wider benefits include the reduced need for new electricity generation capacity investment, reduced carbon emissions and new employment opportunities.

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Kankana Dubey

Kankana Dubey

Kankana is a former KAPSARC senior research associate focused on energy productivity, energy efficiency and developing policy toolkits for government… Kankana is a former KAPSARC senior research associate focused on energy productivity, energy efficiency and developing policy toolkits for government action.

Nicholas Howarth

Research Fellow Nicholas is an applied economist specializing in economic growth, energy and natural resource and environmental economics. He is currently leading… Nicholas is an applied economist specializing in economic growth, energy and natural resource and environmental economics. He is currently leading KAPSARC research on energy productivity and is a subject matter expert on energy efficiency, industrial strategy and energy pricing with KAPSARC Advisory. He has received several awards for his published work, including recognition for his first book on carbon markets by the American benchmarking journal Choice as a top 25 academic publication in the category of economics in 2010. Nicholas is an experienced policy advisory, thought leader and project manager with strengths in interdisciplinary issues and applied policy gained from working as a ministerial adviser in Australia and in a variety of international roles. He is also an experienced lecturer and public speaker on energy productivity, green growth and sustainable development and has presented work at a range of technical and policy fora including meetings of the International Association of Energy Economists and in support of the G20 Energy and Sustainability Working Group and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals processes.

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  • Energy and climate economics and policy
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy productivity
  • Technology
  • Innovation
  • Finance
  • Investment
  • Industrial policy and sustainable development

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Moncef Krarti

Visiting Researcher Moncef is a visiting researcher with over 30 years of experience in designing, testing, and assessing innovative energy efficiency and… Moncef is a visiting researcher with over 30 years of experience in designing, testing, and assessing innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies applied to buildings. He is a professor and a coordinator of the Building Systems Program, Civil, Environment and Architectural Department at the University of Colorado.

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