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Rooftop solar panels

Dubai issues rooftop solar regulations Subscription Required

1 February 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Manufacturers invited to register their products

Power

GE wins equipment contract for Yanbu 3 Subscription Required

29 January 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

US firm will provide drives for power component of power and water facility

Red Sea, Jordan

Jordan inks LNG supply deal with Shell Subscription Required

29 January 2015 | By Mark Watts

Kingdom to import enough gas to meet quarter of national electricity demand

Nile river

Al-Sisi to meet Ethiopian premier over dam Subscription Required

29 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Grand Renaissance Dam will be discussed at African Union Summit

Jordan still evaluating wind schemes

Jordan still evaluating wind schemes Subscription Required

29 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

At least four proposals are under consideration

Pylons

Oman appoints firm to prepare utility study Subscription Required

29 January 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Canadian group will prepare study exploring privatisation of distribution company

Wind power

Saudi Arabia wind map to be completed in 2015 Subscription Required

28 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Vestas see high potential for wind projects in the kingdom

Photovoltaic solar power

Egypt clarifies renewables participation Subscription Required

28 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Companies may participate in more than one consortium

Canadian company selected to study privatisation of power distribution in Muscat

Oman studies electricity privatisation Subscription Required

27 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Canadian company selected to study privatisation of power distribution in Muscat

Gas for power generation

Oman reconsiders coal for power generation Subscription Required

27 January 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Sultanate is investigating using coal after original plans were dropped in 2010

Photovoltaic solar panels

Algeria doubles renewables targets Subscription Required

26 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Algeria moves towards photovoltaic solar technology

Iraq generating capacity 2013

Firms express interest in Iraq IPP Subscription Required

26 January 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Total of 17 companies submit expressions of interest for first publicly tendered independent power project since 2011

Qatar peak demand

Qatar seeks new prices from Facility D bidders Subscription Required

26 January 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Three bidders asked to resubmit final offers for independent water and power project

Michelle Davies and Gus Shellenkens

Egypt focus for renewables Subscription Required

26 January 2015 | By Robert Jones

The country’s plans for solar and wind plans make renewables attractive for investors

Steven Griffiths

A significant year for solar Subscription Required

25 January 2015 | By Robert Jones

Solar plans are expected to accelerate in 2015

solar

Renewable strategies take shape Subscription Required

22 January 2015 | By Robert Jones

Renewable energy plans in Egypt and Dubai grabbed the headlines during World Future Energy Summit 2015

Generous pricing for Egypt renewables scheme will have to cover connection, tax and land costs

Costs cut into Egypt feed-in tariff profits Subscription Required

22 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Generous pricing for renewables scheme will have to cover connection, tax and land costs

Petra, Jordan

Jordan delays solar deadline again Subscription Required

22 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

First round of projects will reach financial close soon

Daniel Zywietz

Kickstarting Dubai's solar market Subscription Required

22 January 2015 | By Robert Jones

The emirate’s decision to allow solar to be fed into the electricity grid is expected to drive installations in business premises

Landfill site

Landfill site Sharjah's first solar plant tender Subscription Required

22 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

20MW plant to power Sharjah main landfill facility

Comment

Coal-fired power plant

Coal back on the agenda

27 January 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

GCC and North Africa look to coal for power generation

Masdar International photovoltaic competition solar panels in Abu Dhabi

Dubai positions itself as region’s renewables hub

22 January 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Emirate has become one of the most active renewable energy markets in the region

Rabat leads the way with renewables

Rabat leads the way with renewables

13 January 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

North African state has most ambitious renewable energy targets in the region

Shams 1

Renewables still feasible in the GCC

12 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Long-term questions over cheap oil

A general view of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant

Hopes rise on reported Iran uranium deal

6 January 2015 | By Mark Watts

Tentative agreement on shipping weapons-grade material to Russia could aid upcoming nuclear talks

Iraq's decision to relaunch its private power programme is laudable, but is likely to attract scepticism

Baghdad faces IPP challenge

22 December 2014

The government’s decision to relaunch its private power programme is laudable, but is likely to attract scepticism due to the many challenges involved

Photovotaic solar power

Renewables can wait out low oil prices

18 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

In the long term, the strategic advantage of renewables will only increase

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

Opec sets the tone for 2015

15 December 2014 | By Richard Thompson

Regional producers are not about to cut oil production and the assumptions that have underpinned forecasting in recent years have to be revisited

The downwards revision of population estimates for Abu Dhabi means cuts in investment are likely to follow

Abu Dhabi government gets breathing space

11 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

The downwards revision of population estimates for the emirate means cuts in investment are likely to follow

Renewable energy

Low oil price puzzle for regional utilities

11 December 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Sharp drop in prices has created uncertainty heading into 2015

Egypt renewables

Egypt commits to renewables Subscription Required

27 November 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Cairo now faces the challenges of implementing and financing the projects

Kuwait’s projects market is enjoying a long-awaited period of high activity

Bright future for Kuwait projects market Subscription Required

27 November 2014 | By Wil Crisp

While contract awards are expected to keep flowing in 2015, the country is little prepared for the surge in activity

While Abu Dhabi's decision to reform tariffs is a brave one, implementing them will prove the real challenge

Abu Dhabi leads the way with tariff reform Subscription Required

20 November 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Enforcing new utility tariffs may provide stiff challenge for government

Abu Dhabi’s decision to reform electricity and water tariffs is a bold move

Abu Dhabi takes bold step with tariff reform Subscription Required

13 November 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

It will be interesting to see when the other GCC states will follow suit

The development of power plants shows the Kurdistan Regional Government is determined to meet the needs of its people and industries

Erbil remains committed to development Subscription Required

6 November 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

The development of power plants shows the Kurdistan Regional Government is determined to meet the needs of its people and industries

The renewables market is beginning to move in several countries in the Middle East and North Africa region

Region must focus on renewables Subscription Required

30 October 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Despite missed targets, the market is beginning to move in several countries in the Middle East

Power generation

Power leads privatisation drive in Oman Subscription Required

30 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Creating a spot market for electricity pricing is the latest plan for the country’s utility sector

Acwa Power shows local developers can succeed

Acwa Power shows local developers can succeed Subscription Required

23 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Saudi firm’s rise demonstrates local companies can play major part in utility sector

Dubai serious about power

Dubai serious about power Subscription Required

16 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Emirate is making sure it avoids the potential supply shortfall facing Abu Dhabi

Dubal participation in Dubai IPP raises interesting questions

Dubal participation in Dubai IPP raises questions Subscription Required

9 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Selection of government company may contradict emirate’s liberalisation goals

Analysis

Cairo

Cairo faces similar difficulties to Amman Subscription Required

27 January 2015

For developers and clients, Egypt’s wind and solar feed-in tariff programme is a learning curve, which will be shaped by dialogue and trial and error

Mena power capacity

Pivotal year for renewables projects Subscription Required

27 January 2015

This year is likely to be a game-changer for alternative energy developers, with lower tariffs and new technology reducing costs for renewable energy schemes

Samir Brikho, CEO, Amec Foster Wheeler

Amec Foster Wheeler sets sights on Saudi Arabia Subscription Required

20 January 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

CEO of the newly formed company, Samir Brikho speaks to MEED

Concentrated solar power scheme

Solar market optimistic over region’s renewables prospects Subscription Required

18 December 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

UAE solar firm Enviromena says major solar programmes will move forward in spite of the drop in oil prices

Illustration of Lucas Hautvast

Interview: Lucas Hautvast, CEO and president, GDF Suez Energy Subscription Required

11 December 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

The new South Asia, Middle East and Africa head of GDF Suez explains how financing models are changing in the region’s private developer market

Renewables just one element of Egypt's strategy

Renewables just one element of Egypt's strategy Subscription Required

1 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Cairo recently launched 4,300MW direct proposal renewable energy programme

Crunch: Abu Dhabi faces a shortfall of water next year unless new capacity comes online or demand decreases

A brave move by Abu Dhabi on water tariffs Subscription Required

20 November 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe , Philippa Wilkinson

The emirate is targeting nationals in its reform of power and water subsidies

Hi-tech: The Passivhaus features many environmentally friendly technologies

Doha Passivhaus sets green building standard Subscription Required

5 November 2014 | By Paul Melly

An environmentally friendly villa built as a pilot scheme in Qatar is setting a precedent in the GCC green building industry

Challenge: One barrier to developing alternative energy is the existence of fuel subsidies in the region

Region set to miss 2020 renewables target Subscription Required

30 October 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Lack of regulatory frameworks holds back development of alternative energy in the Middle East and North Africa

Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum Solar Park

Dubai commits to sustainability Subscription Required

10 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

As one of the only renewable energy programmes to have made any real progress in the Middle East, Dubai is taking great strides with its integrated strategy

Power

Saudi Electricity Company awards $2.9bn of contracts Subscription Required

21 August 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

State utility has already awarded more transmission contracts in the second quarter than for whole of 2013

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