smart electric meters

The Singaporean government is reported to be investigating the possibility of large-scale smart meter deployment for electricity, gas and water supply.Singapore’s Energy Market Authority (EMA), together with national water agency and grid operator Singapore Power, will be issuing a call for proposals for a smart meter trial, aimed at helping consumers to be more efficient in their power, water and gas consumption.

The Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr. S Iswaran, made this statement at Singapore International Energy Week, which kicked off this week. [Singapore uses IoT to create smart buildings]

According to the Business Times, currently, most electricity meters in Singapore are read manually once every two months, together with gas and water meters.

The EMA, the national water agency and Singapore Power are working toward developing technical solution for remotely reading electricity, gas and water meters reliably and in a cost-effective manner.

The trial will also include the development of a mobile application to provide consumers with real-time information on their electricity, water and gas consumption.

Mr Iswaran said: "This would allow consumers to make informed decisions on their consumption and conservation of utilities.

"The results of the test-bed will help us assess whether and how we can deploy advanced metering solutions nation-wide, in tandem with our plans to have full retail competition in the electricity market by 2018."

Singapore joins IEA

In related news, Singapore has joined the International Energy Agency (IEA) as an association country, following in the footsteps of China, Thailand and Indonesia. [Singapore Power partners on smart grid and analytics]

[quote] The move was announced by Minister for Trade and Industry S Iswaran at the opening of the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW).

"Becoming an Association Country is a natural extension of Singapore’s already close collaboration with the IEA. It will allow us to further participate in the global energy dialogue, and keep abreast of new technical developments in the energy sector," said Mr Iswaran.

Singapore can also partner the IEA to build up capabilities in the region, starting with two new initiatives: the Singapore-IEA regional training hub and an annual Singapore-IEA Forum to drive discussion on new technologies and innovation, said regional news source.

The training hub will allow the IEA to use Singapore as a base to boost the region's energy-related capabilities, according to Mr Iswaran, adding that a regional version of the IEA's Energy Efficiency Training Week will be held here next year for policymakers and officials.