Singapore: Smart grid city | Singapore International Energy Week
The Intelligent Energy System (IES) pilot will be conducted in two phases.
Phase 1 (2010-2012) will focus on the implementation of the enabling infrastructure for the IES. The key infrastructure components are the advanced metering infrastructure (commonly referred to as “smart meters”) and the communication system. Smart meters are equipped with communications capabilities, and provide both energy providers and consumers with detailed information on how much electricity is being used and fed into the grid. A good communications network is crucial for such information flows to be handled seamlessly. Hence a key emphasis in this first phase of the pilot will be to establish the smart metering communication protocols and standards. This will be done by leveraging on the Next Generation National Broadband Network and other communication platforms.
Phase 2 (2012-2013) of the pilot will focus on the smart grid applications. Customers with the smart meters installed in their premises will be able to experience the benefits of the IES through various services offered by the electricity retailers. Residential customers will be able to monitor their energy consumption on a real-time basis with convenient in-home display devices. They can also choose from a range of electricity pricing plans, thus allowing them to better manage their consumption and budgets, for example, by shifting their usage from peak to off-peak periods when electricity prices are lowest.
For industrial and commercial customers, the IES also offers several applications to manage their energy needs. For example, improved energy management systems riding on the smart meters will provide timely access of information for businesses to optimize and reduce their electricity consumption. Building owners can also install automation systems that include special programmable thermostats and other devices to monitor and control the building’s air-conditioning, lighting and mechanical systems.
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