ABCs of EMA

Learn about the terms used in the energy industry in this series!

Letter Description
A for Advanced Meter 

A for Advanced Meter
Curious to know how much electricity you’re consuming? With an advanced meter, you can track your household’s power usage using the SP Utilities mobile app. This makes becoming energy efficient a breeze. The good news is that by 2025, all homes will be installed with an advanced meter!

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 B for Battery

B for Battery
Did You Know - large-scale can store solar power for later use? Also known as Energy Storage Systems, they allow us to batteries harness solar power even when it’s not sunny or at night! We are looking to deploy 200 megawatts of energy storage beyond 2025. That’s about 240,000 mobile phone batteries!

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 C for CCUS

C For Carbon Capture, Utilisation & Storage
Being mindful of climate change and global warming is what we need today. That’s why we are exploring Carbon Capture, Utilisation & Storage to reduce carbon emissions from power plants and industrial facilities.

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 D for Distributed Generation

D for Distributed Generation
This is small-scale generation of electricity at or near where it will be used. One example is installing solar panels at HDB blocks to power lifts during the day. Distributed generation can allow more clean energy into our energy mix.

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 E for Energy Efficiency

E for Energy Efficiency
There are many ways you can be energy efficient! Start by setting the temperature of your air-conditioner to 25C instead of 20C. You’ll save money while saving your planet! 🌍

For more energy-saving tips, check out our Instagram page: www.instagram.com/ema_singapore


F for Fast Charging Station
Did You Know - fast charging stations can charge an electric vehicle 🚗 in just 30 minutes!

G for Grid

G for Grid
The power grid which delivers electricity within Singapore has over 27,000km of cables. That’s more than the distance from Singapore to San Francisco and back!

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H for Hydrogen

H for Hydrogen
Singapore is exploring hydrogen as an energy source. It produces water instead of carbon dioxide when burnt. Making use of this low-carbon alternative in the future can help us reduce our carbon emissions.

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I for Imports

I for Imports
Today, we depend on fuel imports for our energy needs. Singapore is exploring ways to tap regional power grids so we can access cost-competitive and cleaner energy sources.

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J for Jargon

J for Jargon
We know energy terms and jargon can make your head spin 😕

Tell us an energy term you don’t understand on Facebook or Instagram, and we’ll try to explain them in the comments!

K for Kilowatt-hour

K for Kilowatt-hour
kWh = Kilowatt-hour = the unit of measurement for electricity consumption.

A 4-room HDB flat uses 360kWh on average every month! Keen to cut down your consumption? Here are some energy-saving tips on our Instagram page!

L for Licensed Workers

L for Licensed Workers
Need someone to fix up your electrical wiring or check your gas pipes? Engage a licensed worker to do the job safely! You can find a list of licensed workers at ELISE: https://elise.ema.gov.sg.

We’re dedicating this post to our licensed workers for their hard work!


M for Market Liberalisation
Market Liberalisation = the Open Electricity Market. You can benefit from competitive pricing offered by different electricity retailers while enjoying the same reliable electricity supply.

Learn more at www.openelectricitymarket.sg

N for Natural Gas

N for Natural Gas
Did you know that about 95% of our electricity is generated from natural gas? Apart from piped natural gas, we also import liquefied natural gas from all over the world, which is stored at temperatures as low as -162°C! It’s also the cleanest fossil fuel available and one of the 4 Switches we’re harnessing to create a cleaner energy future.

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O for Outage

O for Outage
Use a torchlight 🔦 instead of candles during a power outage. Unplug your appliances from the power sockets and avoid opening the refrigerator so that perishables last longer. Also know that EMA will be working hard with the industry to restore power supply as soon as possible!

P for Power System Operator

P for Power System Operator
At EMA, we take our role as the Power System Operator seriously. Our Power System Control Centre (PSCC) serves as the nerve centre for our electricity generation and transmission systems. PSCC operators work round the clock, to ensure that our power system functions smoothly!

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Q for Quality of Power

Q for Quality of Power
Singapore has an excellent quality of power, with one of the most reliable electricity supplies in the world. In fact, our electricity grid is more reliable than major cities around the world, with an average power disruption of less than 1 minute a year per customer!

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R for RCCB

R for Residual Current Circuit Breaker 
The Circuit Breaker measures now aren’t the only thing that keeps you safe! Don’t forget the Residual Current Circuit Breaker (RCCB) that keeps you safe as you stay home!

This safety device is found in all residential and commercial buildings in Singapore. It protects you from getting an electric shock by cutting off electricity when it detects a short circuit. Check your RCCB every month to ensure it’s working by pressing the ‘test’ button. For more electrical safety tips

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S for Solar Energy

S for Solar Energy
Solar energy is Singapore’s most promising renewable energy source for electricity generation. That’s why we want to harness more solar ☀! We’ve been exploring different ways to make every surface count, such as installing solar panels on our reservoirs and HDB rooftops.

You can play your part too! Share how we can go Beyond the Current at www.beyondthecurrent.gov.sg.

T for Trilemma

T for Trilemma
Singapore’s energy decisions are made around the energy trilemma, balancing trade-offs between security, environmental sustainability and affordability. As our energy landscape continues to evolve, EMA keeps its finger on the pulse of innovation, renewable energy and new technologies to meet different energy needs and to build a brighter future 💡

Learn how we’re working towards a future where energy is reliable, produced and consumed efficiently: www.beyondthecurrent.gov.sg.

U for Underground Cable

U for Underground Cable
Did you know Singapore’s longest underground highway is 40km long? You won’t be able to drive through it though, as these tunnels are home to high-voltage electricity cables, located as far as 60m to 80m below ground level!

V for Voltage

V for Voltage
Did you know that the standard voltage of electricity supplied to households differs across countries? Singapore uses 230V, while parts of the Americas (including the US) and Japan operate at 100-127V instead.

Connecting a 230V appliance to a 110V outlet may damage your appliance, so find out about the voltage for your destination before making your trip!

W for Workforce

W for Workforce
Singapore’s economic growth and energy transformation calls for a future-ready workforce. EMA works closely with the industry to ensure our workforce receives the necessary training to up-skill and re-skill themselves. This includes initiatives such as the SkillsFuture Study Award for Power Sector, and the Skills Framework for Energy and Power.

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X for X-tension Cord

X for X-tension Cord
Overloading power sockets and extension cords are a fire hazard ❌🔥. Avoid overloading your sockets or piggybacking your extension cords with multiple adaptors!

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Y for Youth

Y for Youth
Youth play a vital role in shaping Singapore’s energy future—one that’s increasingly decarbonised and digitalised. Find out more about the opportunities available for youths in the power sector. We have Energy-Industry Scholarships, SkillsFuture Work-Study Programmes and more!

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Z for Zero-Carbon

Z for Zero-Carbon
Also known as carbon neutrality, achieving net zero-carbon emissions takes dedicated commitment to balance carbon emissions and carbon removal. Net zero-carbon buildings for example, combine energy efficiency with renewable energy options like solar to meet energy demand.

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