YOUTHS GET CONNECTED AT ENERGY FORUM 2013

This year's annual Energy Forum on 7 June featured two concurrent tracks – an Energy Industry Forum and the inaugural youth programme called Energy Connect.

EMA CE, Mr Chee Hong Tat, delivering the opening remarks at the annual Energy Forum

Energy Industry Forum - Paving the way forward in energy efficiency and energy innovation

The Energy Industry Forum attracted more than 300 attendees who heard from distinguished speakers on energy trends and developments in energy efficiency and energy innovation. On energy efficiency, Dr. Philip Andrews-Speed, Principal Fellow at the Energy Studies Institute, shared his observations on China's transition to an energy efficient economy and its implications on Singapore. He compared the different approaches taken by China and Singapore in various sectors, including industry, buildings and transport, and felt that economic structure and fuel mix are just as important as energy efficiency.

Professor Ho Teck Hua, Vice President (Research Strategy), and Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor at the National University of Singapore, then shared on some factors that influence energy supply and demand behaviours. To improve individual consumption decisions and reduce energy usage, Professor Ho suggested three major steps: (a) highlight the problem and instil a desire to act; (b) initiate action; and (c) encourage habit formation.

On energy innovation, Dr. Shonali Krishnaswamy, Head of the Data Analytics Department at the Institute for Infocomm Research, encouraged the use of analytics in smart energy management and highlighted how analytics could play a major role in energy generation, storage, distribution and usage.

Rounding up the series of presentations were two presenters from McKinsey & Company, Mr. Rajat Gupta, Director, and Mr Konrad Bauer, Expert Consultant (Electricity, Power and Natural Gas) who shared their insights on the opportunities and challenges in power generation technologies, including approaches to capture energy efficiency opportunities.

The session ended with a lively discussion with the speakers facilitated by Mr Pek Hak Bin, Head of Energy and Natural Resources at KPMG, Singapore.

Power Ambassadors sharing their experiences with students at the Powering Lives exhibition

Energy Connect - Energising Singapore's energy future

In line with EMA's efforts to raise energy awareness among young Singaporeans, a dedicated youth segment - Energy Connect – was included in this year's Energy Forum to engage tertiary engineering students.

The event attracted more than 200 students from ITE, polytechnics and universities. The students experienced the challenges in energy policy-making and enhanced their awareness of energy issues via a competition called "Changing the Game" which was facilitated by Energy Carta. Cash prizes amounting to more than $8,000 were awarded to the winning teams and individuals.

The students also interacted with industry leaders through a series of semminars centred on the theme "Powering Lives". The speakers fro Singapore Power, Senoko and Singapore LNG Corporation shared their work experiences and career opportunities in the power sector. This was followed by a panel discussion on "busting the myths of the power sector" which was moderated by Mr. Raymond Chee, Managing Consultant of Hay Group Singapore, and included Mr. K. Kuhan, Assistant Vice President, Electrical Maintenance at Tuas Power Generation, and Mr. Jeffrey Tan, Deputy Director, Industry Development at EMA.

The students also participated in an interactive exhibition where they interacted with "Power Ambassadors" Yvonne Goh, an executive at Keppel Gas, and Valerie Lee, a Senior Trader at Sembcorp Cogen, to gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges in the industry.