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Singaporeans can sign up for GST Credits from 15 May 2007

"2.4 million Singaporeans will be eligible for $650 million of GST Credits and Senior Citizens Bonus in 2007...
"Eligible Singaporeans will receive a letter from the CPF Board by 15 May 2007 on how much GST Credits/Senior Citizensí Bonus they can receive and how to sign up.
"From 15 May 2007, Singaporeans can sign up at any DBS/POSB/UOB/OCBC ATM or through the GST Offset Package website at They need to do so by 25 June 2007 to get the GST Credits/Senior Citizensí Bonus if they would like to receive these on 1 July 2007..."



     - Record 15,000 household products registered with SAFETY mark


     - Singapore's first desalination plant for water supply opens



     - Massive blackout hits many parts of Singapore on 29 Jun 2004



  Singapore's New Electricity Market (NEM) comes online on 1 Jan 2003. NEM allows power generation companies to bid competitively on prices every half hour, compared with once-daily offers under the current Singapore Electricity Pool Administered by the Energy Market Company (EMC). Currently, only users of more than two megawatts of electricity - mainly the petrolchemical and electronics plants - can choose to buy electricity from any of the seven licensed retailers. The scheme may be extended to consumers as well as households at the end of 2003 or in early 2004. (Straits Times 28 Nov 2002) (A20) 

  Power prices will go up by an average 3.3. per cent from Monday 7 Oct 2002 because of the increase in the price of oil. Domestic users will be charged 16.51 cents per kilowatt hour (kwh) instead of 16.01 cents now. Power Supply said in a statement yesterday that the cost of electricity continued to go up as oil prices had increased by 54 per cent since the start of this year. (Straits Times 5 Oct 2002) (H2)

  The authorities here will start phasing out town gas in 2004, replacing it with natural gas, which is cleaner and burns more efficiently, resulting in less pollution. It will be brought to homes through the existing pipelines but these will need to be modified first. SembCorp Gas has a 22-year contract to buy the fuel from Indonesia's West Natuna gas fields. (Straits Times 23 Apr 2002) (H1)



  Power Supply yesterday announced a reduction in electricity tariffs, ranging from 8.7 per cent to 13.1 per cent, for all customers. Domestic users will pay 15.02 cents per kilowatt hour (kwh) instead of the present 16.46 cents. (Straits Times 28 Dec 2001)(3)

  All seven wafer-fabrication plants here have signed a deal with the Public Utilities Board (PUB) to switch from potable water to "Newater" - sewage water that has been treated and ultra-purified. These plants operate in Tampines, Pasir Ris and Woodlands. The use of recycled water means that by 2010, more fresh water will be available for drinking here - 55 mgd, or about 15 per cent of total consumption. Desalination, which generates drinking water from the sea, will produce another 30 mgd by 2005. Singapore now consumes about 300 mgd. (Straits Times 31 Aug 2001)(3)

  Energy company Singapore Power will pilot the district cooling concept - where a centralised chilling system sees to the air-conditioning needs of a large number of buildings, instead of each one having its own expensive cooling system - in the new downtown area at Marina South. The Singapore Power subsidiary, Singapore District Cooling (SDC) has been granted the concession to build the first district cooling plant in Marina South. The S$100 million plant will begin operation in late 2004, when the first development in Marina South is ready. (Straits Times 16 Aug 2001)(1)

  In 1988, only 19 per cent, or about one in five households, had aircons but in 1998, the figure rose to 58 per cent, or about six in 10 households, a three-fold increase. The more widespread use of the aircon and the increasing use of electrical gadgets are reasons why the energy bill for most households have shot up by at least 10 per cent across the board since 1995, with that for three-room and four-room flats showing the sharpest rise. (Straits Times 11 Aug 2001)(H9)

  Work starts in June 2001 on a billion-dollar network of tunnels that will free the new downtown at Marina South of traffic disruptions due to digging of roads to repair or lay service cables. The 20-km-long underground network, which will house and distribute utility services, will be the first of its kind in South-east Asia. (Straits Times 30 May 2001)

  From September 2001, companies here will be able to buy their power directly from power generation companies, under a market liberalisation plan which might push down prices. Households will follow suit in 2003. The two-year lead time will allow the Energy Market Authority (EMA) to work out details such as whether to install energy meters in each home or just to bill residents based on what they are expected to consume. (Straits Times 25 Apr 2001)

  Some 150,000 Power Supply customers affected by its delay in billing them will get four months to pay each delayed bill and will not be asked to hand over a lump sum. The interest-free instalment scheme will cost the power company S$40 million in interest foregone, but may help to restore its tarnished image. Power Supply, a subsidiary of Singapore Power, came under fire after a new S$35 million computer system installed last June botched the billing of some 12% of its 1.2 million account holders. For more information, call their 24-hr helpline: (65) 1800-235-6841. (Straits Times 7 Apr 2001)

    Singapore Power subsidiary Power Supply said on 2 Apr 2001 that domestic customers and small businesses which receive low-tension supplies would be paying 13.4%, or 2.66 cents, less to 17.21 cents per KWh. Those who use high-tension supplies, such as hotels and factories, will see tariffs decreasing by 9.9%. The rates will go down by 11.4% for those which use high-tension supplies, such as petrochemical plants and water-fab plants. Electricity costs for low-tension customers have been increased three times since May last year. (Straits Times 3 Apr 2001)

  Public Utilities Board (PUB) gets new logo and becomes a comprehensive water authority from 1 Apr 2001.


Previous Tariffs

     Charge levied for domestic electricity consumption is 15.02 cents/kWh from 1 Jan 2002.

     Charge levied for domestic electricity consumption is 16.46 cents/kWh from 1 Nov 2001.

     Charge levied for domestic electricity consumption is 17.21 cents/kWh from 1 May 2001.

     Charges from 1 Feb 2001 to 30 Apr 2001 was 19.87 cents/kWh. From 1 Aug 2000 to 31 Jan 2001 was 17.66 cents/kWh (flat rate) - after rebate of 0.8 cents/kWh.

     Prior to that, charges were raised on 1 May 2000 when the charge levied for domestic electricity consumption was 15.93 cents/kWh.

     Existing rebates will be given until 31 Dec 2000. The rebates are 0.8 cents per kwh for residential users and 1.3 cents per kwh for low-tension, non-residential users.


  A Yishun resident got the shock of his life when he saw his latest Power Supply bill - for S$39,756.82. Karim Osman's  monthly bills are always less than S$200. The Straits Times contacted Singapore Power who confirmed that the bill was incorrect and should never have been sent. The company has been plaqued by billing problems since June 2000. It apologised this month after complaints about late and inflated bills. (Straits Times 27 Dec 2000)

  PowerGas said it would pre-install 5-litre heaters in all new HDB flats tendered for the next three years from 2 Jan 2001. As the flats take about two years to build, the first such homes are expected to be ready in 2003. An estimated 102,000 flats are likely to get the free heaters, based on an average of about 34,000 flats built each year over the past three years. (Straits Times 23 Dec 2000)

  The Public Utilities Board has slapped two fines totalling S$150,000 on utility company Power Supply for continued delays in billing customers. The first penalty of S$100,000 was imposed for utilities on 11 Oct 2000 after Power Supply failed to clear bills by a 30 Sep 2000 deadline. The second fine of S$50,000 came last Thursday 7 Dec 2000 when Power Supply, a subsidiary of Singapore Power, failed to meet a new 31 Oct 2000 deadline. (Straits Times 15 Dec 2000)

  Community Issues - Delayed Power Supply utility bills

  Gas tariffs will go up by one cent per unit from 1 Dec 2000, but PowerGas said families are unlikely to have to pay more than S$1 a month after the rise. The average monthly gas usage per household in Singapore is about S$13. The increase follows a hike in the price of naptha, from S$475 per tonne in June to S$598 per tonne in October 2000. (Straits Times 30 Nov 2000)

  The Government has awarded Keppel Fels Energy Supply and SemCorp Power licences to operate in the "retail electricity market". This means that households and businesses can pick from three electricity suppliers, including the present supplier, Power Supply. The new suppliers will be allowed to supply electricity in two phases. Phase One, which starts from the middle of next year, will see the opening up of the electricity market which caters to big industrial and commercial users. Phase Two will extend the plan to the rest of the nation, including households, by 2003. (Straits Times 21 Sep 2000)

  Fuel-oil price rise behind hike in power tariffs

  Water from Indonesia could be piped to Singapore in about five years if a massive engineering project involving overland channels and undersea pipelines gets off the ground. The project, estimated to cost at least US$1.5 billion will harness a water catchment area 80 times the size of Singapore, in Indonesia's Riau province.

     Tariffs for water (domestic) from 1 July 2000

     Consumption block:

       1 - 40 cubic metres per month        S$1.17    Conservation Tax: 30%

        Above 40 cubic metres per month  S$1.40    Conservation Tax: 45%

       Water borne fee is charged at S$0.30 per cubic metre

     3% GST (Goods & Services Tax) is payable on all charges and taxes less waterborne fee, sanitary appliance fee and late payment charges which are not subject to GST.

     If no payment is received after a reminder, a 1% late payment charge is imposed on any outstanding balance in the next bill.








Appliances       Watts

Blender             200

Clock radio      7

Coffee percolator  750

Drill                   250-500

Electric razor  16

Fan heater       1000 - 3000

Food mixer      120-700

Food processor 200-700

Freezer                300

Fridge                   100

Hair dryer             350-1200

Home computer  30

Heated rollers     500

Iron                       1250

Kettle                   2500 -3000

Lamp                   100

Lawn mower     250-1000

Microwave oven 600

Sander                  250

Saw-circular/jig   200-250

Stereo equipment 100-125

Television set     50-100

Toaster                1050-1360

Tumble Dryer     2500

Video recorder  110

Vacuum cleaner 350-1200

Washing machine 2500