Energy Timeline

First air-con cinema
(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.

Pasir Panjang Power Station
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.

Open Electricity Market roadshow
(2018) Open Electricity Market
2011 - 2019
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.

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Singapore targets to achieve at least 2 gigawatt-peak of solar by 2030
2020 - Present
2020

Singapore announces its electricity imports trial of 100MW from Malaysia.

2021

Singapore unveils its whole-of-nation agenda for sustainable development (Singapore Green Plan 2030).

2021

Singapore announces plans to import up to 4GW of low-carbon electricity by 2035, with the first Request for Proposal to import up to 1.2GW beginning by 2027.

2021

Singapore announces plans to import 100MW of low-carbon electricity from Pulau Bulan, Indonesia and up to 100MW of hydropower under the Laos PDR-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore Power Integration Project.