According to some analysts, district cooling tenants at times are bearing the cost of building and maintaining the cooling plants in their monthly bills, thereby increasing the prices beyond those seen in individually-cooled properties.
Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, says that the load is already allocated and the bill will come directly to the tenant. He says: “I did not allocate that load. The building owner/developer has allocated it. If they need 6 to 7 tonnes for an apartment, I simply provide the service. We tell users to set the temperature at 24 degree C to reduce consumption and save money.”
Shafar was talking to MEP Middle East on the side-lines of International District Energy Association (IDEA) District Cooling Conference and Tradeshow which was held on 10 December 2018 in Dubai.