Energy Timeline

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

Singapore's first electric street lights are switched on.


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


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


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

Pasir Panjang Power Station
1946 to 1965

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


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

1966 to 1995

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.


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


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


Singapore starts importing natural gas from Malaysia.

1996 to 2010

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.


Singapore starts importing natural gas from Indonesia.

Open Electricity Market roadshow
(2018) Open Electricity Market
2011 to 2019

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.


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


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

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

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


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


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.


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.