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Kuwait Seeks to Produce 15% of Its Energy From Renewables

Kuwait is seeking to produce 15 percent of its energy from renewables such as solar and wind by 2030, Emir Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah said today.

Speaking at United Nations climate talks in Doha, the emir said it was important for all nations to work on the “pressing issue” of global warming. He said developing nations such as his should not be forced to take on binding targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Kuwait is the third-biggest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and has capacity to generate about 10.9 gigawatts of electricity. Oil accounted for two-thirds of Kuwait’s primary energy supply in 2009, up from about 58 percent at the beginning of the decade, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. Natural gas makes up almost all the rest.

The emir said that by 2015, Kuwait will produce about 1 percent of its electricity from renewables and that he would like to boost that to 15 percent by 2030. Irena estimates the nation has 70 megawatts of renewable projects, including 10 megawatts of photovoltaics, 50 megawatts of concentrated solar power and 10 megawatts of wind.

The country has no projects registered under the Clean Development Mechanism, Irena said.

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