Help Transform the Energy Sector!

EMA is keen to co-create solutions with the industry to resolve existing challenges faced by our energy sector. If you think you have ideas that can deliver greater value to the industry and consumers, contact us!


Share your ideas!

EMA has been actively enhancing our regulations and seeking ideas that could support new energy technologies and business models.

We encourage and welcome industry to share your ideas via www.go.gov.sg/ema-cocreation on how we can overcome these challenges! If rule changes/waivers are necessary, these ideas could also be implemented under the Regulatory Sandbox.

Challenge 1: How might we overcome billing system and settlement constraints when consumers install different generation technologies (or lease them from different entities)?

With the proliferation of new technologies such as solar PV and energy storage, consumers and companies are looking to adopt them to reduce electricity costs.

This has also created new business models such as the leasing model. This allows consumers to lease the new technologies instead of investing in high upfront capital cost.

However, consumers will face challenges if they want to (a) install different types of new technologies; and/or (b) lease them from different entities. This is due to the current design of the billing system and different settlement frameworks for different technologies.

We expect more consumers to face these problems in future with the growing interest in renewables and energy storage.

If resolved, this could open up vast opportunities for consumers and businesses to cut operational costs. It will also lead to new business opportunities for investors.

More details can be found here.

Challenge 2: How might we help consumers with embedded generation to reduce their required grid capacity?

Large Embedded Generation (EG) consumers have to book grid capacity from Singapore Power. They also have to pay for the use of the grid through a combination of fixed and variable charges. In particular, EG consumers tend to book higher grid capacity in case the EG fails to meet the load demand.

Alternatively, EG consumers can opt to cut off power when demand exceeds contracted capacity and reduce their capacity charges.

With the growing increase in EGs, EMA is keen to explore innovative solutions that will allow EG consumers to better manage their load demand and reduce capacity charges.

One potential solution could be to explore capping (instead of cutting) power supply when demand exceeds contracted capacity. Another solution may be to use Energy Storage Solutions (and other smart grid devices) to supplement existing grid connection schemes.

More details can be found here.

Challenge 3: How might we encourage greater participation in the Demand Response Programme?

EMA introduced the Demand Response (DR) Programme in 2016 to give consumers an additional avenue to participate in the wholesale electricity market which increases competition and enhances system reliability. However, participation in the DR programme has been limited due to a combination of low wholesale prices and the implementation of a DR price floor to mitigate gaming behavior. EMA welcomes innovative solutions that would encourage greater industry participation in the DR programme.

More details can be found here.

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