Energetics recently completed a project for the Authority for Electricity Regulation in Oman (AER) to develop a national energy efficiency data framework for electricity consumption. The results are being used by the Omani government to help establish national energy efficiency policies and programs.

Electricity consumption in Oman has increased by over 200% over the past 10 years. The primary causes are a rapidly growing population, increased economic activity and industrial production, and higher living standards in Oman. Recognizing the need for informed planning to reduce energy consumption, AER tasked Energetics to produce the data framework, focusing on the residential, industrial, and services (commercial and government buildings) sectors. Energetics partnered with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) to complete the work.

The project team developed the data framework to guide the establishment of efficiency policies and programs for Oman. Staff then generated an electricity model to help identify areas in which energy efficiency activities would hold the greatest promise to reduce energy usage. The final project report advised on the path forward, recommending a variety of national energy efficiency policy options for consideration.

The data framework centered on the development of a series of an energy efficiency indicators (EEIs). The EEIs provide critical data to enable an evidence-based approach to energy efficiency policy making, helping the Omani government to:

  • Gain a better understanding of drivers of energy consumption in Oman
  • Assess existing levels of energy efficiency and quantify energy efficiency potential
  • Identify priority areas for the development of energy efficiency policies
  • Develop appropriate and effective energy efficiency policies and programs with realistic yet ambitious goals
  • Monitor progress and results of energy efficiency policies and programs

In preparing the data framework for Oman, Energetics staff researched international energy efficiency best practices, including recommendations from the International Energy Agency, to ensure optimal data availability, applicability, and credibility. After reviewing available data from both national and international sources, the project team identified key data gaps and designed questionnaires and other methods to fill the identified gaps over time. Disaggregate EEIs were developed for key technologies in the residential and services sectors, including space cooling, appliances, and lighting. The project also developed EEIs for specific industrial subsectors in Oman’s rapidly growing industrial sector, including iron and steel, cement, chemicals, and aluminum.

Energetics also produced a Microsoft Excel-based electricity efficiency model. This tool formularizes the main drivers of electricity consumption in Oman, outlines the trends of these drivers and their effects on electricity consumption patterns, identifies areas of high potential for focused energy efficiency initiatives, and illustrates potential impacts of energy efficiency policies over time. After developing the model, Energetics conducted a training workshop to transfer the necessary modeling skills to AER staff.

Energetics MENA Region Managing Director Ridah Sabouni led this project from the recently established Energetics office in Dubai. Energetics and ACEEE staff based in the United States contributed to the work