The Straits Times: Study launched to import electricity to Singapore

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry, Mr S Iswaran announced at SIEW this week that  a public consultation will be launched on the framework of importing electricity to Singapore. The Straits Times story below.

Study launched to import electricity to Singapore

Singapore is taking another step to diversify and secure its energy supplies by launching a public consultation exercise on electricity imports to Singapore.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Mr S Iswaran, who is also Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry announced this at the opening of the annual Singapore International Energy Week on Monday.

‘Through this consultation, we aim to gather views from industry players and other stakeholders on how we might import electricity into Singapore, and how such imports can be integrated into our market so as to benefit our customers,” he told the conference of industry leaders.

Mr Iswaran added that diversification is the cornerstone of Singapore’s energy strategy to ensure that ‘we continue to have secure and competitively-priced energy supplies’.

The minister also noted that part of Singapore’s strategy is to encourage innovation and the development of technology, one example being Singapore’s test-bed project on electric vehicles. He announced that the Renault-Nissan Alliance will be joining this test-bed, which already include industry partners such as Mitsubishi Daimler and Bosch.

The Energy Market Authority (EMA) has also appointed a Singapore-based consortium of two local firms – Daily Life Renewable Energy and OKH Holdings – to design, build and operate a micro-grid test bed on offshore island Pulau Ubin which will test the use of clean energy such as biodiesel to power the island.

The Singapore International Energy Week, now in its fourth year, features conferences, exhibitions and networking events and brings together policymakers, industry leaders and academics to Singapore to discuss energy issues.

Image taken from durian

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