(EnergyAsia, September 12 2012, Wednesday) — Dubai consumed more electricity than it produced in the second quarter compared with the same period last year.

According to utilities monopoly Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), the emirate’s peak electricity consumption grew 3.8% to 6,165 MW while production rose by 3% to 9,605 Gwh.

The agency did not give an analysis of the production and consumption patterns.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, DEWA’s managing director and CEO, said:

“Our main focus at DEWA is to continue improving our production, distribution, and transmission capacity to strengthen the infrastructure and meet the growing demand of all sectors on electricity and water.

“The year 2012 witnessed an increase in the number of new electricity meters by the end of June to 616,492 compared with 588,998 with an increase of 4.66% compared to last year, while construction works are underway in 26 main substations with a 132 KV capacity covering all areas of Dubai.”