Issue 1 | JANUARY 2012
A Tribute to Electricity in Singapore

With a history spanning more than a century, electricity has, without a doubt, played a pivotal role in shaping the transformation of Singapore into a modern, industrialised nation. So it is only fitting that this momentous event paid tribute to this important energy source through the launch of a commemorative coffee table book. Entitled "Brighter. Electricity in Singapore: From Beginning to Beyond", this book invites readers to discover the fascinating history of electricity in Singapore.

The story began in 1878 when electricity was first introduced by the Tanjong Pagar Dock Company for its docks and workshops. It was used to drive the engines of generators installed there and to extend the working hours at the docks.

The book also includes recollections by pioneering electrical engineers such as the late Mr Lawrence Estrop. He recounted how the Japanese had relied on Singapore's technical expertise to fix and run the distribution network during World War II. "There was nobody with experience left… When there was any breakdown they had to call us. It was sink or swim."Another interesting chapter in the history of Singapore's electricity sector is its liberalisation process, the setting up of EMA as its regulator and power system operator, and the divestment of the power generation and retail companies. Then Chairman of EMA, Chiang Chie Foo explained that EMA would "provide the necessary focus to the regulation of the liberalised electricity and gas industries, enhancing competition and maintaining a level playing field".

Copies of the book are now available at the National Library and its branches for public browsing.
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