Government looking at how to help households cut energy bills

Government looking at how to help households cut energy bills
The Energy Market Authority will be studying ways to help consumers improve energy efficiency and cut their bills, and how to better help vulnerable households who have trouble paying utility bills, said its chief executive officer Chee Hong Tat at a forum for the energy industry on Friday morning held at the Suntec convention centre.

The Energy Market Authority will be studying ways to help consumers improve energy efficiency and cut their bills, and how to better help vulnerable households who have trouble paying utility bills, said its chief executive officer Chee Hong Tat at a forum for the energy industry on Friday morning held at the Suntec convention centre.


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Singapore Power will be using the smart network platforms by Silver Spring Networks to deliver deregulated energy services to commercial and industrial (C&I) customers in Singapore.

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Singapore - 6 June, 2014 - Silver Spring Networks, Inc. (NYSE: SSNI), a leading networking platform and solutions provider for smart energy networks, today announced that Singapore Power Group (SP) has successfully begun delivering deregulated energy services to commercial and industrial (C&I) customers in Singapore. As part of the Singapore Energy Market Authority's retail contestability program, SP is leveraging a countrywide IPv6 smart infrastructure networking platform from Silver Spring to allow eligible C&I customers in Singapore to now choose from a variety of retail energy providers and purchase electricity at wholesale market prices.

"By enabling consumers in Singapore to choose their retail energy provider, we are able to bring about greater choice and savings for our consumers, while building a scalable energy infrastructure for the future," said Wong Chit Sieng, Chief Information Officer of Singapore Power and Chairman of SP PowerGrid, the transmission and distribution subsidiary of SP. "The transition to an interoperable and high-performance IPv6 network canopy, high service levels, and speedy deployment has been possible through strong collaboration with strategic partners like Silver Spring. This infrastructure will enable SP to continue delivering world class power supply to Singapore's consumers."

"We're honored to partner with an industry pioneer like Singapore Power. They continue to build on world-class infrastructure to deliver increased benefits to their customers and define excellence in the region," said Scott Lang, Chairman, President and CEO, Silver Spring Networks. "We applaud Singapore Power on deploying a powerful network infrastructure that can easily scale to include additional smart grid or smart city applications as the program expands."

Any SP C&I customer who meets consumption thresholds is eligible to opt-in to the program. To accommodate this opt-in approach, SP worked with Silver Spring and its consortium partner, ST Electronics (Info-Comm Systems), to deploy an IPv6-based wireless network canopy that allowed for rapid connectivity for participating customers such as retail chains, town councils, and industrial customers. Silver Spring's Gen4 technology, which includes MicroAPs with 3G wireless capability, enables SP to efficiently and reliably cover its service territory in Singapore and easily add new participants. Silver Spring's standards-based networking platform also enables SP to support a broad range of smart grid device vendors, including multiple meter types from EDMI, Secure, and Mirai, across its network as it expands.

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