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Our Energy Story

Overview

Discover how the Singapore Energy Story sets the vision towards a net-zero energy future.

Energy Supply

Gain insights into the four switches that power Singapore’s economy and our daily lives.

Energy Demand

Discover ways to enhance energy efficiency and lower your carbon footprint.

Energy Grid

Explore how EMA ensures a reliable and secure energy supply for everyone.

Energy Market Landscape

Learn about the intricacies of Singapore’s energy market structure and operations.

Consumer Information

Electricity

Get tips on buying electricity and protecting your family from electrical hazards.

Gas

Learn about purchasing gas and safeguarding your family against gas hazards.

Solar

Access information on installing solar panels at your home and selling excess electricity to the national grid.

Regulations & Licences

Regulations

Stay up-to-date with the latest regulations, policies and frameworks governing the energy sector.

Licences

Learn about the licences that EMA issues to different stakeholders in the energy sector.

Regulatory Publications

Read about the Codes of Practice and Circulars that EMA publishes to regulate the energy sector.

Partnerships

Calls for Proposal

Collaborate with EMA in co-creating innovative solutions for the energy sector.

Consultations

Give your comments and feedback on EMA’s policies and regulations.

R&D Partnerships

Discover how EMA works with stakeholders to catalyse new and innovative digital technologies.

Talent Development

Learn about EMA’s efforts in nurturing talent and cultivate interest in the energy sector.

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Journey through the key milestones and developments of Singapore's energy sector.

1906

Singapore's first electric street lights are switched on.

1927

Singapore’s first coal-fired power plant, St James Power Station, officially opens.

1930

Singapore's first traffic lights flicker on at Empress Place.

1939

Singapore’s first air-conditioned cinema, Cathay Cinema, opens its doors to the public.

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(1939) Singapore’s first air-conditioned cinema

1963

Singapore begins the Rural Electrification Programme, which allows rural homes in Singapore to receive electricity from the national power grid.

1965

Pasir Panjang Power Station, which opened in 1953, is expanded in light of our rapid industrialisation.

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(Photo courtesy of National Archives of Singapore)

1972

Stricter electrical safety regulations are implemented in the wake of the Robinsons Department Store electrical fire at Raffles Place. These include requiring all elevators be able to return to the ground floor in the event of a fire, and activating standby generators within five minutes of any power failure to power essential and critical equipment.

1979

Ulu Pandan Incinerator becomes Singapore’s first incinerator plant to generate electricity using waste.

1988

Pulau Seraya becomes Singapore’s first offshore power plant with three 250 MW generating steam plants.

1992

Singapore starts importing natural gas from Malaysia.

2001

The Energy Market Authority (EMA) is established to ensure a reliable and secure energy supply, promote effective competition in the energy market, and develop a dynamic energy sector in Singapore.

2003

Singapore starts importing natural gas from Indonesia.

2013

A micro-grid is launched in Pulau Ubin, incorporating solar photovoltaic technology to provide residents with lower costs, and a cleaner and more reliable electricity supply.

2018

The Open Electricity Market is launched to allow household consumers more choices and flexibility when buying electricity.

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Open Electricity Market

2019

A nationwide rollout of advanced electricity meters is announced, empowering households to use energy more efficiently.

2020

Singapore announces its electricity imports trial of 100 MW from Malaysia.

Feb 2021

Singapore unveils its whole-of-nation agenda for sustainable development (Singapore Green Plan 2030).

Oct 2021

Singapore announces its plan to import up to 4 GW of low-carbon electricity by 2035, starting with trials like the Lao PDR-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore Power Integration Project (LTMS-PIP).

Jun 2022

Singapore commences import of 100 MW of hydropower from Lao PDR, as part of the LTMS-PIP.

Oct 2022

Singapore unveils its National Hydrogen Strategy at the Singapore International Energy Week 2022.

Feb 2023

Southeast Asia's largest Energy Storage System (ESS) opens in Singapore.

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The ESS is an integrated system comprising more than 800 large-scale battery units and includes liquid cooling systems or built-in air conditioning systems to maintain optimal operating temperatures (Photo courtesy of Sembcorp Industries)

Mar 2023

EMA grants its first Conditional Approval to Keppel Energy Pte Ltd to import 1 GW of electricity from Cambodia into Singapore.

May 2023

EMA's subsidiary, Meranti Power announces its plan to build two 340 MW Open Cycle Gas Turbine units.

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Artist impression of Meranti Power's Open Cycle Gas Turbine generating units in Jurong Island

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