Policy & Regulation

Lack of energy conservation efforts has put the UAE among the world's major consumers of electricity with an estimated 10 per cent annual increase - four times the world average of 2.4 per cent estimated by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in 2001, according to recent research conducted by the UAE University (UAEU). The study also identified air-conditioning as the major power consumer, and urged measures to reduce cooling demand and highlight the need for energy conservation.

Allen Franklin, chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company, Atlanta, was elected chairman of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the trade association of shareholder-owned electric companies, international affiliates and associates worldwide.