Smart grid to recharge electricity industry



The Abu Dhabi Government's efforts to transform the emirate's electricity industry will create a multibillion-dollar market for goods such as solar panels and new computer software, power companies said yesterday. The Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC), the emirate's main electricity retailer, will by the end of the year install advanced electricity meters in every home in the capital and surrounding areas, said Abdulrahman al Dhaheri, the deputy managing director. At the same time, he said, the company had proposed a subsidy system for rooftop solar panels that was now under consideration by the Executive Council.

The two changes will have far-reaching effects for a power sector that has traditionally focused on producing ever-larger quantities of electricity from fossil fuels to meet surging consumption. The emirate will generate a significant proportion of power from clean energy while reducing the need for more supplies, executives said. The solar scheme alone would create a US$2 billion (Dh7.34bn) market over 10 years for solar panels at current prices, said Sander Trestain, a vice president at Enviromena, a solar project developer based in Abu Dhabi.

The scheme targets total output of 500 megawatts from solar panels, enough to cover the roofs of 100,000 villas or 2,000 warehouses, he said. Until now, the company's largest project was a 10mw panel array at Masdar City, the carbon-neutral development at the edge of the capital. "Even a small portion of a 500mw solar programme would be very positive for Enviromena's business model," Mr Trestain said.

"Attracting entrepreneurs and international companies to the local industry will increase competition, driving down the cost of solar energy and promising innovation such that eventually solar incentives are no longer necessary." Power prices in Abu Dhabi are subsidised and not high enough to cover the cost of producing electricity from solar panels. The solar scheme would create a fixed premium for each kilowatt-hour (kwh) of electricity generated from solar panels - paid for by the Government - under a scheme known as a feed-in tariff.

Zhengrong Shi, the chief executive of Suntech, the world's third-largest solar panel producer, said earlier this year a feed-in tariff would rapidly make Abu Dhabi a major world market. "We're very confident about the prospect of the market opportunity in Abu Dhabi," he said. ADDC officials yesterday did not disclose the level of the feed-in tariff being considered, but a source close to the company said in March it could range from Dh1.80 to Dh2.20 per kwh when all the proposed incentives were added up. That is significantly higher than the current price of Dh0.15 per kwh for expatriates (Emiratis pay Dh0.05), and higher than the rates supported by many governments in Europe and other established markets.

The growth of renewable energy in Abu Dhabi would be closely tied to ADDC's efforts to install digital electricity meters and other infrastructure to foster the development of a "smart grid" that accepts power produced by individual households, said Reinier Grobbelaar, a UAE business manager at ABB, a major Swiss company that supplies electricity equipment. "The smart grid being proposed by Abu Dhabi will not only help improve energy efficiency by a double-digit percentage, but it will also empower consumers and businesses in Abu Dhabi with information about their electricity usage," he said.

"To integrate the growing amount of renewable energy generation and, at the same time, significantly improve efficiency ? requires massive changes in the electrical system and the way it should be structured and operated." The company would offer Abu Dhabi a number of services, including sensors to monitor electricity usage by the second, technology to smooth out sudden electricity disruptions, and big systems to convert the electricity to a high-voltage direct current to reduce losses, he said.

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KEY DATES IN AMAZON'S HISTORY

July 5, 1994: Jeff Bezos founds Cadabra Inc, which would later be renamed to Amazon.com, because his lawyer misheard the name as 'cadaver'. In its earliest days, the bookstore operated out of a rented garage in Bellevue, Washington

July 16, 1995: Amazon formally opens as an online bookseller. Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought becomes the first item sold on Amazon

1997: Amazon goes public at $18 a share, which has grown about 1,000 per cent at present. Its highest closing price was $197.85 on June 27, 2024

1998: Amazon acquires IMDb, its first major acquisition. It also starts selling CDs and DVDs

2000: Amazon Marketplace opens, allowing people to sell items on the website

2002: Amazon forms what would become Amazon Web Services, opening the Amazon.com platform to all developers. The cloud unit would follow in 2006

2003: Amazon turns in an annual profit of $75 million, the first time it ended a year in the black

2005: Amazon Prime is introduced, its first-ever subscription service that offered US customers free two-day shipping for $79 a year

2006: Amazon Unbox is unveiled, the company's video service that would later morph into Amazon Instant Video and, ultimately, Amazon Video

2007: Amazon's first hardware product, the Kindle e-reader, is introduced; the Fire TV and Fire Phone would come in 2014. Grocery service Amazon Fresh is also started

2009: Amazon introduces Amazon Basics, its in-house label for a variety of products

2010: The foundations for Amazon Studios were laid. Its first original streaming content debuted in 2013

2011: The Amazon Appstore for Google's Android is launched. It is still unavailable on Apple's iOS

2014: The Amazon Echo is launched, a speaker that acts as a personal digital assistant powered by Alexa

2017: Amazon acquires Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, its biggest acquisition

2018: Amazon's market cap briefly crosses the $1 trillion mark, making it, at the time, only the third company to achieve that milestone

Top 5 concerns globally:

1. Unemployment

2. Spread of infectious diseases

3. Fiscal crises

4. Cyber attacks

5. Profound social instability

Top 5 concerns in the Mena region

1. Energy price shock

2. Fiscal crises

3. Spread of infectious diseases

4. Unmanageable inflation

5. Cyber attacks

Source: World Economic Foundation

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RIDE ON

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Stars: Jackie Chan, Liu Haocun, Kevin Guo

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Started: 2018
Founder: Siddiq Farid and Musfique Ahmed
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech / PropTech
Initial investment: $650,000
Current number of staff: 35
Investment stage: Series A
Investors: Various institutional investors and notable angel investors (500 MENA, Shurooq, Mada, Seedstar, Tricap)

Generational responses to the pandemic

Devesh Mamtani from Century Financial believes the cash-hoarding tendency of each generation is influenced by what stage of the employment cycle they are in. He offers the following insights:

Baby boomers (those born before 1964): Owing to market uncertainty and the need to survive amid competition, many in this generation are looking for options to hoard more cash and increase their overall savings/investments towards risk-free assets.

Generation X (born between 1965 and 1980): Gen X is currently in its prime working years. With their personal and family finances taking a hit, Generation X is looking at multiple options, including taking out short-term loan facilities with competitive interest rates instead of dipping into their savings account.

Millennials (born between 1981 and 1996): This market situation is giving them a valuable lesson about investing early. Many millennials who had previously not saved or invested are looking to start doing so now.

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  • Jebel Akhdar is a two-hour drive from Muscat airport or a six-hour drive from Dubai. It’s impossible to visit by car unless you have a 4x4. Phone ahead to the hotel to arrange a transfer.
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Born in Dibba, Sharjah in 1972.
He is the eldest among 11 brothers and sisters.
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PROFILE OF STARZPLAY

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Founders: Maaz Sheikh, Danny Bates

Based: Dubai, UAE

Sector: Entertainment/Streaming Video On Demand

Number of employees: 125

Investors/Investment amount: $125 million. Major investors include Starz/Lionsgate, State Street, SEQ and Delta Partners

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Founders: Quddus Pativada

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Industry: Artificial intelligence, education technology

Funding: $3 million-plus

Investors: GSV Ventures, Character, Mark Cuban

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Nick's journey in numbers

Countries so far: 85

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Floors climbed: 2,000

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Size: A team of 12 with six employed full-time

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Funding: $500,000 in Series A funding from family and friends in 2018. A Series B round looking to raise $1.5m is now live.

The five pillars of Islam

1. Fasting

2. Prayer

3. Hajj

4. Shahada

5. Zakat 

The specs

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Crime Wave

Heavyweight boxer Fury revealed on Sunday his cousin had been “stabbed in the neck” and called on the courts to address the wave of more sentencing of offenders.

Rico Burton, 31, was found with stab wounds at around 3am on Sunday in Goose Green, Altrincham and subsequently died of his injuries.

“My cousin was murdered last night, stabbed in the neck this is becoming ridiculous … idiots carry knives. This needs to stop,” Fury said. “Asap, UK government needs to bring higher sentencing for knife crime, it’s a pandemic & you don’t know how bad it is until [it’s] 1 of your own!

FA CUP FINAL

Manchester City 6
(D Silva 26', Sterling 38', 81', 87', De Bruyne 61', Jesus 68')

Watford 0

Man of the match: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

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Name: Marie Byrne

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Life lesson: A person is not old until regret takes the place of their dreams

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Sarfira

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Herc's Adventures

Developer: Big Ape Productions
Publisher: LucasArts
Console: PlayStation 1 & 5, Sega Saturn
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ROUTE TO TITLE

Round 1: Beat Leolia Jeanjean 6-1, 6-2
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Semi-final: Beat Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-4
Final: Beat Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-2

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Four reasons global stock markets are falling right now

There are many factors worrying investors right now and triggering a rush out of stock markets. Here are four of the biggest:

1. Rising US interest rates

The US Federal Reserve has increased interest rates three times this year in a bid to prevent its buoyant economy from overheating. They now stand at between 2 and 2.25 per cent and markets are pencilling in three more rises next year.

Kim Catechis, manager of the Legg Mason Martin Currie Global Emerging Markets Fund, says US inflation is rising and the Fed will continue to raise rates in 2019. “With inflationary pressures growing, an increasing number of corporates are guiding profitability expectations downwards for 2018 and 2019, citing the negative impact of rising costs.”

At the same time as rates are rising, central bankers in the US and Europe have been ending quantitative easing, bringing the era of cheap money to an end.

2. Stronger dollar

High US rates have driven up the value of the dollar and bond yields, and this is putting pressure on emerging market countries that took advantage of low interest rates to run up trillions in dollar-denominated debt. They have also suffered capital outflows as international investors have switched to the US, driving markets lower. Omar Negyal, portfolio manager of the JP Morgan Global Emerging Markets Income Trust, says this looks like a buying opportunity. “Despite short-term volatility we remain positive about long-term prospects and profitability for emerging markets.” 

3. Global trade war

Ritu Vohora, investment director at fund manager M&G, says markets fear that US President Donald Trump’s spat with China will escalate into a full-blown global trade war, with both sides suffering. “The US economy is robust enough to absorb higher input costs now, but this may not be the case as tariffs escalate. However, with a host of factors hitting investor sentiment, this is becoming a stock picker’s market.”

4. Eurozone uncertainty

Europe faces two challenges right now in the shape of Brexit and the new populist government in eurozone member Italy.

Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at IG, which has offices in Dubai, says the stand-off between between Rome and Brussels threatens to become much more serious. "As with Brexit, neither side appears willing to step back from the edge, threatening more trouble down the line.”

The European economy may also be slowing, Mr Beauchamp warns. “A four-year low in eurozone manufacturing confidence highlights the fact that producers see a bumpy road ahead, with US-EU trade talks remaining a major question-mark for exporters.”