Energy Efficiency Policies and Strategies to Reduce Diesel Fuel Consumption in Saudi Arabia
The demand for electric energy has seen steep increase during the last decade before it started to become stable. During this period, Saudi Arabia has experienced a very large economic growth due to several factors such as increase of oil prices. However, the fall of oil prices starting on the year of 2015 has led to sharp increase of diesel fuel prices up-to to three folds inside the country. Meanwhile, primary power generation fuel source is fossil fuel based. This has put tremendous pressure on the electric utility to reduce the usage of diesel fuel. This paper presents practical policies and energy efficiency measures that help to reduce the utilization of diesel fuel and ultimately eliminate it. Analysis of several policies and energy efficiency measures is provided. Additionally, results of selected measures implementation are presented.