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Abstract

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 Kingdom’s electricity demand started flattening and eventually fell for the first time on record in 2019 (Soummane 2020). This commentary traces the evolution of Saudi electricity demand over the past half-century.

 

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Salaheddine Soummane

Research Associate Salaheddine is a research associate in the Energy Transitions and Electric Power program. His current research focus includes modeling the… Salaheddine is a research associate in the Energy Transitions and Electric Power program. His current research focus includes modeling the Saudi electricity market, including its reforms and regulatory framework. Prior to joining KAPSARC, Salaheddine worked as a research associate for the Centre for International Research on Environment and Development (CIRED), a National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) lab, based in Paris, where he focused on integrated economy-energy modeling. He has also worked as an economist researcher within the research and development (R&D) department of the utility group EDF (Paris). He was part of the group’s energy markets and environmental regulation unit focused on emerging markets. Salaheddine holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Paris-Saclay University (France), an M.Sc. in Energy Economics from the University of Montpellier (France), and an M.Sc. in Finance from the Aix-Marseille School of Economics (France).

Expertise

  • Electricity Markets
  • Macroeconomics
  • CGE Modeling and Climate Policy

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