An overview of smart grids in the GCC region

Islam Safak Bayram, Hamed Mohsenian-Rad

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The members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), namely Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, and United Arab Emirates (UAE), are facing challenges to meet the growing electricity demand and reduce the associated hydrocarbon emissions. Recently, there has been a pressing need for a shift towards smart power grids, as smart grids can reduce the stress on the grid, defer the investments for upgrades, improve the power system efficiency, and reduce emissions. Accordingly, the goal of this paper is to delineate an overview of current smart grid efforts in the GCC region. First, we present a detailed overview of the current state of the power grids. Then, we classify the efforts into three broad categories: (i) energy trading and exchange through GCC interconnection; (ii) integration of renewable resources; and (iii) demand side management technologies for shaping the demand profile.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart City 360 - 1st EAI International Summit, Smart City 360, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsVeronika Krutilova, Dagmar Cagáňová, Daniela Špirková, Julius Golej, Kim Nguyen, Radim Lenort, David Holman, David Staš, Pavel Wicher, Alberto Leon-Garcia
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783319336800
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
EventInternational Conference on Sustainable Solutions Beyond Mobility of Goods, SustainableMoG 2015 - Bratislava, Slovakia
Duration: 13 Oct 201514 Oct 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211


ConferenceInternational Conference on Sustainable Solutions Beyond Mobility of Goods, SustainableMoG 2015


  • Bahrain
  • Gulf cooperation council
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • smart grids
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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