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THE Singapore government is studying a wider deployment of smart meters for electricity, gas and water supply.
The Energy Market Authority (EMA), together with national water agency and grid operator Singapore Power, will be issuing a call for proposals for a smart meter trial, aimed at helping consumers to be more efficient in their power, water and gas consumption, said Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran on Monday at the Singapore International Energy Week.
Currently, most electricity meters in Singapore are read manually once every two months, together with gas and water meters. The agencies hope to have technical solutions developed for remotely reading all three meters reliably and in a cost-effective manner.
The trial will also include the development of a mobile application to provide consumers with real-time information on their electricity, water and gas consumption.
"This would allow consumers to make informed decisions on their consumption and conservation of utilities," said Mr Iswaran. "The results of the test-bed will help us assess whether and how we can deploy advanced metering solutions nation-wide, in tandem with our plans to have full retail competition in the electricity market by 2018."