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Singapore is importing its renewable energy, first experimenting with Laotian hydropower

by Madhumitha Ardhanari, Oct 6
1 minute read

In 2022, Singaporean energy and infrastructure giant Keppel is looking to trial importing up to 100MW of renewable hydropower from Laos via Thailand and Malaysia using existing interconnectors.

aerial photography of body of water

So what?

Singapore has recently been ranked as ‘critically insufficient’ by Climate Action Tracker in the country’s climate mitigation commitments to meet the Paris Agreement 1.5°C long-term temperature limit. It is thus notable that the city-state is shifting away from the country’s historical reliance on natural gas.

Not all clean energy is equally clean. Hydropower in Southeast Asia largely comes from dams that significantly affect local populations by eroding local livelihoods and worsening extreme weather events. The use of hydropower for domestic use is already greatly contested by local communities across Southeast Asia. Singapore and Keppel will need to closely watch for these consequences and mitigate them so that the country is a responsible importer of renewable energy.



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