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

Salaheddine Soummane is a research associate in the Energy Transitions and Electric Power program. His current research scopes include modeling the Saudi electricity market, electricity market reforms and regulatory framework.

Prior to joining KAPSARC, Salaheddine worked as a research associate for CIRED (France). He had also worked as a researcher within the R&D division of the utility group EDF (Paris) while completing his Ph.D. His doctoral dissertation assessed the implications of climate policy on oil exporters, with an exploration of structural change scenarios of the Saudi economy.

Salaheddine holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Paris-Saclay University (France), and M.Sc. degrees in Energy Economics from the University of Montpellier (France), and in Econometrics for Financial Markets from the Aix-Marseille School of Economics (France).

Publications

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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

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