• Primary Program Energy Transitions and Electric Power
  • Research Interests Electricity Markets, Macroeconomics, CGE Modeling and Climate Policy

Biography

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).

Publications

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  • Data Insights
  • Instant Insight
  • Commentaries
  • KAPSARC journal article
  • Think20 (T20)
Saudi Electricity Demand Drops for the First Time on Record

Saudi Electricity Demand Drops for the First Time on Record

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 countries. In 2012, Saudi Arabia established the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center (SEEC) and Saudi Energy Efficiency Program (SEEP) to curb inefficient electricity consumption.

12th October 2020
Saudi Electricity Demand for 2018-2019 based on Saudi Electricity Company Data

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

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 mitigate electricity demand growth. Since 2016, Saudi electricity demand has flattened at around 300 terawatthours (TWh).      

21st June 2020
Impact of the COVID-19 Lockdown on Electricity Demand: Global Insights and Implications for Saudi Arabia

Impact of the COVID-19 Lockdown on Electricity Demand: Global Insights and Implications for Saudi Arabia

The impact of curfews and lockdowns on total electricity demand as a result of the spread of COVID-19 depends on many factors. This insight provides a summary of the immediate demand impacts in selected regions around the world due to lockdown measures. We will follow this up with a second insight, presenting several scenarios for the evolution of electricity demand in Saudi Arabia for the rest of 2020.  

11th June 2020
Overview of Saudi Electricity Demand (1970–2018)

Overview of Saudi Electricity Demand (1970–2018)

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.  

29th March 2021

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Future Trends of Saudi and Regional…

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 […]

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