Future of the Grid

ORGANISER Clarion Events
DATE 25-26 October 2023
VENUE Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
In-person only
URL www.enlit-asia.com/the-future-of-the-grid/

Southeast Asia's power grids are facing radical changes as the world strives to transition to cleaner, more sustainable energy systems and as distributed energy resources become increasingly prevalent. While advancements and upgrades on networks have been implemented to meet rising demand and greater challenges, the grid today still operates in the same manner it did over a century ago, with minimal flexibility or adaptation to emerging renewable technologies. There is no clear vision of how the Grid of the Future should look like, but we do know it has to be a smarter, stronger and sustainable one.

Under the umbrella of Energy Market Authority’s Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW), Future of the Grid is Singapore’s only grid-focused event that examines impending challenges faced by our grid systems.

Taking place on 25 – 26 October 2023, Future of the Grid will gather policymakers and regulators, electrical utilities and grid operators, technology providers, and energy consumers into a single platform to discuss effective grid development strategies and greater opportunities as the world accelerates the transition to a lower carbon future.

What is new?

As an integral part of the FOTG program, the inaugural ASEAN Energy Regulatory Forum is a unique platform encompassing high-level topics on regulatory best practices and policy planning insights to address how regional governments and stakeholders can work together to enhance regional interconnectivity and facilitate the development of greener future grids, in line with the Singapore Green Plan 2030.

ASEAN Energy Regulatory Forum


Ralph Foong, Deputy Chief Executive, Energy Market Authority of Singapore

Chanthaboun Soukaloun, Managing Director, Electricite du Laos

The successful commencement of the Lao PDR-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore Power Integration Project (LTMS-PIP) in June 2022 marks an important step towards the broader ASEAN Power Grid (APG) vision of electricity trading beyond neighbouring countries in the region. The APG, which is a crucial initiative to enhance regional interconnectivity, energy security and sustainability, provides opportunities to tap on low-carbon and renewable energy sources in the region and contributes towards the region’s economic development. 

Nevertheless, various regulatory, technical, and commercial hurdles still remain in realising the full potential of multilateral electricity trade. In this session, panellists will share the lessons learnt and explore pathways to deepen regional interconnectivity, building on the successful commencement of the LTMS-PIP.

Key Discussion Topics:

  • Effective regulatory frameworks and initiatives to enhance existing grid capacity in supporting regional HVDC network expansion.
  • Strategies in enabling an ASEAN-wide multilateral electricity trade.  
  • Developing a strategic plan that includes consideration of energy reserves among participants and evaluates system reliability during the dry season.


Justin Oliver, Board Member, Australian Energy Regulator

Akihiko Yokoyama, Chairman, Electricity and Gas Market Surveillance Commission (Japan)

Moderator: Paula Conboy, Board Member of PJM Interconnection and Senior Counsel, Sussex Strategy Group

Many countries have established ambitious renewable energy targets for their power generation. Meeting these challenges will as such require changes to the planning, operation and capacity of the power system.  

How should the grid transform to ensure resiliency and stability; what will support deepening the integration of renewables on the grid? In this session, panellists from various utilities around the world will highlight lessons learnt and insights on integration of renewable energy into their grid that can be adapted. 

Key Discussion Topics:

  • Evaluate mechanisms in incentivising greater deployment of RE sources.
    • Frameworks available to support investment in grid infrastructure such as network upgrades and ESS facilities.
    • Lessons learnt in attracting private capital to the region’s grid investments.
  • Policy and regulatory reforms necessary to ensure continued grid functionality and affordability.
  • The role of third-party access to allow corporate procurement of renewables.
Please refer here for the full Future of the Grid agenda.

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