HE The Minister chairs national committee meetingHE The Minister chairs national committee meeting
lectricity and Water Affairs Minister Dr. Abdulhussain Mirza chaired the fourth meeting of the National Committee to follow up the implementation of the energy efficiency and renewable energy plan.
Fourteen members of the committee of senior officials in several ministries and relevant government bodies attended. The committee was set up according to a Council of Ministersâ€™ Resolution.
The minister thanked the wise leadership for their encouraging the use of clean energy. Each member then presented a detailed plan for implementing the initiatives and programmes assigned to them in the National Plan for Efficiency (NEEAP) and the National Renewable Energy Plan (NREAP).
The meeting reviewed the developments in the preparation of the necessary legal and technical requirements before the implementation of the Net Metering policy for which a consulting company has already been appointed to complete all administrative and technical procedures.
The members of the committee and the heads of the technical teams responsible for the follow-up of the various national energy and renewable energy plans discussed their follow-up, especially in the areas of cooling and green buildings, and the transfer of waste into electrical energy.
NEEAP includes 22 initiatives, including those for buildings, and consists of a building efficiency code, lighting and home appliances specifications, green building initiatives, classification of buildings in terms of efficiency, specifications of air conditioning, cooling areas and finding competencies from the field.
It also includes the supply of electricity, the efficiency of the production of electricity, the correction coefficient of loads, the efficiency of transmission and distribution of electricity, and smart meters, among others.
NREAP includes six initiatives, including solar projects distributed on rooftops, wind power projects on land and at sea, large central solar power plant projects, solar home installation requirements, new housing and investment projects, renewable energy requirements in new infrastructure projects such as bridges and railways, ferrous metals and power generation of organic materials extracted from wastewater.
The minister thanked the members of the Committee for their participation and suggestions.
United Nations Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Amin Al-Sharqawi was present as the committee observer.
He expressed confidence five per cent of energy use in Bahrain would be renewable by 2012, and this would go up to six per cent by 2025. He said the government has an effective and supportive role for sustainable development as a whole, especially in the electricity and renewable energy sectors.
He said these objectives would bring Bahrain among the ranks of countries that have energy sources as an attraction for technologies that help to diversify the national economy.