Energy Timeline

(1939) Singapore’s first air-conditioned cinema
1906 - 1945
1906

Singapore's first electric street lights are switched on.

1927

Singapore’s first coal-fired power plant, St James Power Station, officially opens

1930

Singapore's first traffic lights flicker on at Empress Place.

1939

Singapore’s first air-conditioned cinema, Cathay Cinema, opens its doors to the public.

1946 - 1965
1963

Singapore begins the Rural Electrification Programme, which allows rural homes in Singapore to receive electricity from the national power grid.

1965

Pasir Panjang Power Station, which opened in 1953, is expanded in light of our rapid industrialisation.

1966 - 1995
1972

Stricter electrical safety regulations are implemented in the wake of the Robinsons Department Store electrical fire at Raffles Place. These include requiring all elevators be able to return to the ground floor in the event of a fire, and activating standby generators within five minutes of any power failure to power essential and critical equipment.

1979

Ulu Pandan Incinerator becomes Singapore’s first incinerator plant to generate electricity using waste.

1988

Pulau Seraya becomes Singapore’s first offshore power plant with three 250 MW generating steam plants.

1992

Singapore starts importing natural gas from Malaysia.

1996 - 2010
2001

The Energy Market Authority (EMA) is established to ensure a reliable and secure energy supply, promote effective competition in the energy market, and develop a dynamic energy sector in Singapore.

2003

Singapore starts importing natural gas from Indonesia.

(2018) Open Electricity Market
2011 - Present
2013

A micro-grid is launched in Pulau Ubin, incorporating solar photovoltaic technology to provide residents with lower costs, and a cleaner and more reliable electricity supply.

2018

The Open Electricity Market is launched to allow household consumers more choices and flexibility when buying electricity.

2019

A nationwide rollout of advanced electricity meters is announced, empowering households to use energy more efficiently.