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Power Players Series: Law Gee Yong on Shaping the Future of Energy

05 Jun 2024
Featured Stories 05 Jun 2024

Law Gee Yong, EMA’s Director of Policy and Planning, reflects on his role in Singapore’s transition to a clean energy future.

While others during his schooling years might have preferred cozying up in front of the TV in air-conditioned comfort, Gee Yong chose to spend his time soaking up the sun and sea. His love for outdoor activities gradually sparked his interest in the environment. He was drawn to how the energy sector could contribute towards a wider push for increased sustainability. After graduating in 2009, he eventually joined the Energy Market Authority (EMA) to propel the energy sector towards a more sustainable future.

Today, as Director of Policy & Planning at EMA, Gee Yong plays a key role in initiatives such as developing the transition pathways for Singapore’s Energy Story and the Energy 2050 Committee report.

Here, he shares insights into the work behind planning for Singapore’s energy transition and his hopes for the future.

Give us an idea of what your workdays are like as the Director of Policy & Planning in EMA.

There is no “typical day”! One day, I could be representing EMA in whole-of-government meetings. The next, I could be overseeing the organisation of our annual management retreats to discuss organisational goals, work priorities and challenges.

Ultimately, my goal is to ensure that the various teams and workstreams within EMA are aligned towards building a resilient, sustainable and competitive energy future for Singapore.

Gee Yong (pictured front row extreme left) with his team at the Policy & Planning Department at EMA Dinner & Dance event.

It has been over a decade since you joined EMA. What have been some of the key moments for you?

My secondment to the International Energy Agency (IEA) in 2017 certainly stands out to me. It was an eye-opening experience to learn from many global experts and to be able to demonstrate that Singapore has valuable contributions to global discussions.

Another important milestone was the announcement of the Singapore Energy Story in 2019 and the Four Switches we are harnessing to decarbonise the energy sector. The announcement marked the culmination of over a year's work and served as the foundation for developing our subsequent strategies for the energy sector.

Over a year of work is a long time! Tell us more about the process.

In developing the various energy transition pathways, we first conducted multiple workshops involving experts from industry, academia and government to understand the underlying trends driving electricity demand, supply and power grids. We explored emerging technologies such as advanced geothermal energy and smart grids, and demand growth trends in sectors such as transport.

We also identified the global uncertainties that could influence Singapore’s future options and how these uncertainties could evolve over time. These include technological developments in supply and smart technologies, alongside with global cooperation against climate change.

Knowing these factors allowed us to paint out possible scenarios and pathways that Singapore could take in achieving a net-zero power sector.

What were some key factors that EMA took into account when deciding on the future energy mix for Singapore?

Our energy policies are driven by what we call the energy trilemma, - how do we manage the trade-offs between environmental sustainability, energy security and cost competitiveness. In deciding on Singapore’s energy future, we must continually balance these three important factors.

For instance, it is not good enough to have clean energy if we have to contend with frequent power disruptions or high energy prices. This not only impacts the daily lives of Singaporeans but also potentially undermines the global competitiveness of our economy.

Navigating the energy transition requires continual balancing of three important factors – environmental sustainability, energy security and cost competitiveness, said Gee Yong.

How can Singapore effectively manage its energy transition journey?

In short, we need to continue to keep our options open, explore every opportunity and make informed decisions regarding investments in different energy technologies.

Having greater regional and global cooperation is also essential. Each country faces unique challenges – some have limited resources while others have ample resources but need external financing and expertise to get projects off the ground. By enhancing cooperation, we all have a better chance of success.

What motivates you to continue in this field of work?

As a father of two, I want to create a better environment for my kids to grow up in.

It is important to recognise that while addressing climate change is a major challenge, it also brings tremendous opportunities. As we seek potential pathways and solutions to decarbonise Singapore’s power sector, we are also looking for avenues for local companies to develop and grow.

I am hopeful that as we build a cleaner and more sustainable energy future, we will empower Singaporeans to pursue their goals and provide ample opportunities for those interested in the energy sector.

With World Environment Day on 5 June, do you have any words of encouragement for Singaporeans regarding the shift towards a net-zero future?

Every electron not consumed is one less electron we need to decarbonise as part of the energy transition.

I believe everyone can do their part and our actions are not limited to our own lives. For example, apart from adopting energy-saving practices at home, we can also inspire those around us to do the same and promote the adoption of greener practices in workplaces.

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