Left: Kwok Sher Wei conducts forward planning in her role as Principal Engineer at the System Stability and Planning Department in the Power System Operation Division. She is an EMA Local Undergraduate Scholarship recipient and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical & Electronic) from NTU.
Right: Mudit Mishra is an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University in the United States, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is an EMA Overseas Undergraduate Scholar.
You have probably encountered salespeople at the mall asking if you have switched electricity suppliers. They offer choices of price plans to choose from, and often free gifts and other benefits from tie-ups with service providers like banks and telcos. Many consumers who made the switch have enjoyed savings in their electricity bills. Undoubtedly, the liberalisation of the electricity market is a boon for consumers.
We have the Energy Market Authority (EMA) to thank for that. EMA is responsible for ensuring a reliable and secure energy supply, promoting competition in the energy market and developing a dynamic energy sector in Singapore.
Speaking of which, EMA brought on board future leaders like Kwok Sher Wei and Mudit Mishra, who are raring to accomplish EMA’s work to forge a progressive energy landscape for a more sustainable future.
Dreaming Big for a Cleaner Future
We all desire cleaner energy, but Sher Wei went a step further by studying about it and carving a career for herself in the sector.
Back in secondary school, she was inspired by the possibilities of clean energy so much that she went on to pursue a diploma in the subject matter.
The EMA Local Undergraduate Scholarship took her further in this journey, sponsoring her Bachelors in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University.
Sher Wei has since graduated and currently works as a Principal Engineer at the System Stability and Planning Department in EMA’s Power System Operation Division.
“My role is to ensure the mid to long term security, reliability and stability of the power system. This includes assessing the impact of everything and anything that is, and will connect to, the power transmission network,” explained the 27-year-old.
“Some key aspects of my job include annual reviews of the electricity network development plan and assessing the impact of new technologies and developments such as increasing solar photovoltaic adoption.”
Speaking of sola photovoltaics, she was part of the project team that commissioned Singapore’s first grid scale battery energy storage system (BESS) testbed project in Marsiling. This is a game-changing technology which has the ability to store energy for later use.
“There were, and still are, a lot of uncharted waters regarding the performance standards of these battery systems,” she beamed. “Even though the project is still in its commissioning phase, it has already taught us a lot about the technical capabilities of BESS and how our own workflows and processes can be improved to accommodate future BESS connections.”
The project has been the highlight of the early years of her career and it depicts the kind of ground breaking work done by the EMA together with the industry.
And if you are as inspired by clean energy as Sher Wei, she urges you to join her at EMA.
“Have the courage to try,” she advised those who are still sitting on the fence deciding whether to apply for the scholarship. “Working towards a greener future is worth it.”
Breaking New Frontiers
Mudit, an EMA Overseas Undergraduate Scholar, is building his fundamentals at Carnegie Mellon University in the United States pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Like Sher Wei, his interest in the energy sector was piqued by his teachers and project work in secondary school and junior college.
“I had the opportunity to conduct various research projects in the areas of energy development and storage. With the increasing adoption of digitalisation, automation and electrification in Singapore, we can expect our energy needs to rise. With climate change, there is an immediate need for Singapore to ensure its energy supply is greener and more sustainable. These challenges are what made me eager to pursue a career with EMA,” he elaborated.
Currently in his first year of study, he reckons that the knowledge and modules he learned in university can be applied directly to his future work in EMA. Beyond that, he is looking forward to helping Singapore explore new sources of energy to tap on.
“Being able to identify more sustainable and efficient energy sources in spite of Singapore’s lack of natural resources and being able to overcome our energy challenges is what I am looking forward to at EMA,” he said, excitedly.
“I want to be able to contribute to Singapore’s growth as a sustainable nation when I join EMA. Navigating the impacts of climate change, as well as our increasing demand for energy as we transition to being a smart nation, is going to be challenging and it is something that I am keen to tackle through my work at EMA.”
And for Singapore to meet that goal, he feels that he, and the future scholars joining him at EMA, needs to have an open perspective and an insatiable thirst for knowledge.
“It is important for aspiring scholars with a passion for the energy sector to be keen to learn and broaden their horizons. I feel these are the factors that allow organisations like EMA to really see that you have the ability and the desire to contribute to Singapore’s growth as a sustainable Smart Nation.”
If you want to realise a more sustainable energy future like Sher Wei and Mudit, then EMA is the place to start.