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UAE rethinks its energy supply mix

The quickly shifting landscape of the global electricity supply industry – marked by sharp falls in the cost of renewable energy (RE) – is likely to lead to wholesale changes in the way Gulf economies invest in power generation. Some planners are questioning the rationale in pursuing any further nuclear plants and say the case for coal-fired plants is doubtful, even though governments are still constrained by the need to ensure they can deliver reliable energy during a period (widely perceived as ‘transitional’) when battery storage (a vital adjunct to solar power) remains a nascent technology.

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