Middle East & Africa: Consumption

February 2017

Renewables are unlikely to challenge the dominance of gas in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) power sector before 2020.

In January, the UAE revealed its energy strategy for the next 33 years, which expects the country’s power demand to increase by an average of 6% per year until 2050. The plan also forecasts the contribution of “clean energy” – which includes nuclear and renewables – in the UAE’s power sector to reach 50% by that time. More specifically, the UAE aims to produce 44% of its power from renewables by 2050, while 38% will come from gas, 12% from ‘clean coal’ and 6% from nuclear.