WHAT IS THE INTELLIGENT ENERGY SYSTEM (IES) PILOT?
The Energy Market Authority (EMA), in partnership with Singapore Power, has launched the "Intelligent Energy System" (IES) Pilot. The Pilot will bring the capabilities of our power grid to the next level and ensure that our electricity infrastructure is ready for the future.
Why have an IES Pilot?
Across the world, governments and companies are looking at ways to modernise their electricity transmission and distribution networks with new information, communication and sensor technologies. Singapore already has a high-quality power system, which is amongst the most reliable in the world. Nevertheless, there is scope to leverage on new technologies to further improve the capabilities of our power grid. This would also encourage the development of applications that are enabled by a smart grid such as dynamic pricing plans and advanced energy management systems, which could help consumers to better manage their energy consumption and lower their energy costs.
What we want to achieve?
The IES Pilot seeks to test and evaluate new applications and technologies around a smart grid. The success of the IES Pilot will enable EMA to adopt and roll out workable solutions for Singapore’s power system, thereby enhancing its resilience, reducing wastage and shaving peak loads to optimise system efficiency. This can also lead to lower energy costs and reduced carbon emissions.
HOW WILL THE PILOT BE CONDUCTED?
The IES Pilot is structured into two phases. Phase 1 involves the development of the enabling infrastructure made up of the advanced metering infrastructure (commonly referred to as 'smart meters') and the wireless communications network. This began in 2010 and has been completed.
Phase 2 of the IES Pilot, which will take place from 2012 to 2013, rides on the IES infrastructure to test different applications for consumers and households.
For households, the IES Pilot will be conducted at selected residential estates in Punggol in mid-2012 These trials will evaluate the effectiveness of smart meters, in-home display units, and related applications.
A smart meter records electricity consumption at 30 – minute intervals and automatically sends this information to the grid operator. Conventional meters only record cumulative electricity consumption and have to be manually read.
An In Home Display unit provides households with real-time information on their electricity consumption.