Regulatory Sandbox

Regulatory Sandbox for Energy Sector Innovations

In recent years, emerging energy technologies and business models have played a significant role in how energy is generated, transmitted and distributed to consumers. Against this backdrop, EMA is introducing a regulatory sandbox framework to support energy innovations.

This framework creates “safe spaces” where interested parties can test their energy solutions in a live environment, without being subjected to the usual regulatory requirements. At the same time, safeguards, such as limiting the duration of the trial or the maximum number of consumers, will be introduced to minimise risks to consumers and the energy sector.

This sandbox applies well in situations where it is less clear whether prototype products or services comply with regulatory requirements, which could have deterred some from testing their ideas. This would be undesirable as promising innovations may be stifled and result in missed opportunities. The framework also allows EMA to assess the impact of new products and services before deciding on the appropriate regulatory treatment.

EMA encourages and welcomes interested parties looking to experiment with innovative products and services to apply for a regulatory sandbox trial. Target participants include all prospective players in the electricity and gas sectors, and are not limited to current licensees.

What should I know about the regulatory sandbox trial?

The sandbox trial sets out the objective and principles of the regulatory sandbox. We encourage all interested participants to engage EMA early. Guidance will be given to applicants on the application process, information to be furnished to EMA and the evaluation criteria. Depending on the proposed solution, EMA will relax the legal and regulatory requirements which an applicant would otherwise be subjected to.

Upon successful completion of the trial period, the applicant must comply fully with the prevailing legal and regulatory requirements for continued operations.

1. Does my project qualify for the "regulatory sandbox"


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2. Who can I approach if I have questions about the "sandbox"?

Interested parties may email to find out more about the initiative.

Key resources:

 No. Key Resources
 1Final Determination paper on Framework for Regulatory Sandbox for Energy Sector in Singapore
 2Consultation paper on Framework for Regulatory Sandbox for Energy Sector in Singapore
 3Media Release
 4Application Form 


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