Utilities Sector


After decision of organization of new center issued by The Council of Ministers No. 353, and embodied the energy supply sectors in KSA in the center organization, more than one initiatives have been launched including the initiative of utilities sector, as this sector consumes 38% of the total of primary energy consumption in KSA.

The specialists in the Saudi Energy Efficiency center study the current status of the energy efficiency in the power plants and desalination plants, in addition to transportation and distribution of electricity, in order to establish and implement integrated mechanism to rationalize the fuel consumption in the utilities sector in KSA and work alongside relevant stakeholders to unite efforts in this area.


Preliminary look at the sector

This sector is one of the most fuel-consuming sectors in the KSA, since the level of fuel consumption for electricity production and Seawater desalination reaches 4,230 million British thermal units in 2017. (Source: Electricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority: annual statistical booklet on electricity industry and seawater desalination industries of 2017)



Capacity (2017)

Electricity generation

89 ~ GW


7.7 ~ million cubic meters per day

Electricity transmission and distribution lines

700,000 ~ circular kilometers


Working with relevant stakeholders and consolidating efforts in this area to develop a mechanism of action aimed at increasing the energy efficiency in the utilities sectors in KSA including:

  • Electricity generation and Cogeneration plants
  • Desalination plants
  • Electricity transmission and distribution networks

Activities and Works:

  • Identify the relevant stakeholders
  • Involve the relevant entities in the sector (services provider companies and technology providers companies)
  • Develop the Key Performance Indicator
  • Identify the baseline of the energy efficiency of the sector in KSA
  • Conduct international and local comparison to determine the opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of the sector.
  • Establish action mechanism for improving the energy efficiency of the sector.