Dubai aims at 40% of power from clean energy

Dubai aims to generate 20 per cent of its power from “clean coal” and another fifth from nuclear energy in the coming years, said a senior energy official.

Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, Vice-Chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy, who is also the Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) gave few specifics on the projects on Wednesday.

He spoke about the plans while announcing a global energy forum slated for April 2011.

Dubai currently generates nearly all of its power by burning natural gas.

The UAE government is spending $20 billion to build the country’s first nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi.

Al Tayer would not say whether Dubai would rely on that project - slated to be completed by 2020 - for its nuclear energy.

‘Clean coal’ technology aims to reduce coal’s harmful emissions.