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An Overview of Smart Grids in the GCC Region

  • İslam Şafak BayramEmail author
  • Hamed Mohsenian-Rad
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 166)


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.


Smart grids Gulf Cooperation Council Qatar Bahrain Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Kuwait Oman United Arab Emirates (UAE) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute and College of Science and EngineeringHamad Bin Khalifa UniversityDohaQatar
  2. 2.Department of Electrical EngineeringUniversity of CaliforniaRiversideUSA

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