These are the key highlights and changes that have shaped and defined the development of Singapore's energy landscape.

Date Event

Apr 2001

EMA was established to focus on liberalising the electricity and gas markets as well as ensure security of the power system.

Singapore Power Ltd's electricity generation business was divested to level the playing field in the electricity industry.

Jul 2001

Companies with electricity demand of 2MW and above can select which retailer they are supplied by. They are known as “contestable consumers”.

Jan 2002

PowerGas Ltd's gas import and retail business divested to level the playing field in the gas industry.

Jan 2003

The National Electricity Market of Singapore commenced operation thus enhancing competition in electricity generation.

Jun 2003

Relaxed criteria to allow companies supplied at High Tension to be qualified as contestable consumer.

Aug 2003

Gas imported from South Sumatra, Indonesia

Jan 2004

Vesting contracts introduced to curb market power of the dominant players.

Feb 2006

Large consumers, comprising business and industries, whose average monthly electricity consumption was 10,000 kWh and above became contestable. They formed 75% of Singapore's total electricity demand.

Aug 2006

Government decided to import LNG to enhance energy security through diversifying supply sources.

Apr 2008

BG Asia Pacific Pte Limited now known as BG Singapore Gas Marketing was appointed as the exclusive supplier and LNG Aggregator for up to 3 million tonnes per annum of LNG or until the year 2023, whichever is earlier.

Sep 2008

Opening of gas market thereby promoting competition in the gas industry.

Nov 2008

EMA organised the inaugural Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW).

Jun 2009

Government's decision to build and own Singapore's first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) import terminal to import LNG from all over the world for geographical diversification..

Jul 2009

EMA's mandate broadened to take on industry development and promotional functions, in addition to its regulatory and operational responsibilities.

Sep 2009

EMA's Intelligent Energy System pilot (IES) project kicked off, representing the first move towards an integrated smarter grid in Singapore. The IES pilot involved around 4,500 customers in various residential, commercial and industrial locations, including the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) campus, the CleanTech Park at Jalan Bahar and the Punggol Eco-Precinct.

Nov 2009

A total of 5,800 participants from 1,800 companies attended the second edition of SIEW.

Mar 2010

Ground-breaking ceremony for Singapore's first LNG terminal took place at Jurong Island.

May 2010

The Union of Power and Gas Employees committed seven unionised companies - Singapore Power Group, City Gas, Senoko Energy, PowerSeraya, Tuas Power, Sembcorp Industries and Keppel Merlimau Cogen - to roll out workforce skills qualification for energy utilities workers.

Nov 2010

Some 14,000 policymakers, industry leaders and academics participated in SIEW to discuss issues centred on the smart energy economy, as well as the corresponding actions needed to build a sustainable future in Asia and the rest of the world.

Jun 2011

The inter-agency Electric Vehicle (EV) Taskforce, co-led by EMA and the Land Transport Authority (LTA), announced the launch of the EV test-bed in Singapore to test the feasibility of EV prototypes and technologies in an urbanised environment like Singapore’s.

Oct 2011

Supporting the development of a dynamic energy sector, the Singapore Energy Statistics report was launched to provide an integrated one-stop compilation of Singapore’s key energy statistics and trends in the electricity and gas sectors.

Mar 2012

EMA formed an industry-led Power Sector Manpower taskforce, to identify and recommend strategies to build up manpower capabilities for Singapore’s power sector.

Oct 2012

EMA Launched the Singapore Energy Award, a biennial award, to recognise organisations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Singapore’s energy sector through achievements in areas of capability development or innovations.

May 2013

The LNG Terminal received its first commercial cargo and started commercial operations.

Oct 2013

A micro-grid incorporating solar photovoltaic technology was launched to provide residents on Pulau Ubin with cheaper, cleaner and more reliable electricity supply.

Feb 2014

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong officiated the opening of the LNG Terminal.

Apr 2014

The threshold for contestability was lowered from 10,000 kWh to 8,000 kWh to allow more non-residential consumers to be eligible for retail contestability.     

Oct 2014

The threshold for contestability was subsequently lowered from 8,000 kWh to 4,000 kWh. In total, 76,000 accounts (23,000 consumers) are eligible for retail contestability.

Jun 2015

EMA launched the National Energy Competency Framework to strengthen the power sector’s manpower capabilities. Developed in collaboration with the Union of Power and Gas Employees and the Workforce Development Agency, the framework charts the career progression pathways for electricity and gas job families within the Power sector.

Jul 2015

The threshold for contestability was further lowered from 4,000 kWh to 2,000 kWh. An additional 13,500 accounts (10,000 consumers) are now eligible for retail contestability. 
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