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.

Authors

Kankana Dubey

Kankana Dubey

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

Nicholas Howarth

Nicholas Howarth

Research Fellow Nicholas is an applied economist specializing in economic growth, energy and natural resource and environmental economics. He is currently leading…

Expertise

  • Energy and climate economics and policy
  • energy efficiency
  • energy productivity
  • technology
  • innovation
  • finance
  • investment
  • industrial policy and sustainable development

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How does Saudi Arabia’s recent energy performance compare with other G20 countries?

How does Saudi Arabia’s recent energy performance compare with other G20 countries?

This study suggests that energy efficiency programs in buildings can provide up to a 27…

August 20, 2019
Estimating the Multiple Benefits of Building Energy Efficiency in GCC Countries Using an Energy Productivity Framework

Estimating the Multiple Benefits of Building Energy Efficiency in GCC Countries Using an Energy Productivity Framework

This study suggests that energy efficiency programs in buildings can provide up to a 27…

January 14, 2019
Moncef Krarti

Moncef Krarti

Visiting Researcher Moncef is a visiting researcher with over 30 years of experience in designing, testing, and assessing innovative energy efficiency and…

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Estimating the Multiple Benefits of Building Energy Efficiency in GCC Countries Using an Energy Productivity Framework

Estimating the Multiple Benefits of Building Energy Efficiency in GCC Countries Using an Energy Productivity Framework

This study suggests that energy efficiency programs in buildings can provide up to a 27…

January 14, 2019

Benefits of energy efficiency programs for residential buildings in Bahrain

This study suggests that energy efficiency programs in buildings can provide up to a 27…

June 1, 2018
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