PacificLight Newsletter - Issue 3, December 2016

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Efficiency Rewarded

PacificLight Spreads "Positive Energy"


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Issue 3 • December 2016

Reshaping the

Singapore Energy Landscape (Far left) Mr Yu Tat Ming, CEO of PacificLight giving his speech at the launch of WEC Singapore

(Left) Founding members and Guest Speaker, Mr Christopher Frei (Center), Secretary General of WEC at the launch of WEC Singapore in November 2016


everal leading energy companies, including PacificLight, have come together to establish a Singapore chapter of the World Energy Council (WEC). Formally established in November 2016, WEC Singapore is the first industry association formed by companies in Singapore from across the electricity supply chain. The WEC is a United Nations-accredited global energy body comprising 3,000 member organisations in 90 countries, sharing global insights and best practices on energy policy, innovation, and sustainability. Members comprise governments, private and state corporations, academia, NGOs and energy-related stakeholders. The WEC promotes affordable, stable, and environmentally sensitive energy systems through global, regional, and national energy strategies.

PacificLight wishes one and all a happy and prosperous new year as we usher in 2017!

The formation of WEC Singapore is timely given the rapid transformation of the global energy industry and the fast-paced developments of new technologies, environmental challenges, and keeping pace with evolving consumer demands. “The establishment of the WEC Singapore chapter is a positive step forward in our industry’s history, one which opens up new avenues for innovation, collaboration, and research.” commented Mr Yu Tat Ming, CEO of PacificLight. Other founding members, besides PacificLight, include Singapore Power, Senoko Energy, YTL PowerSeraya, Tuas Power, and Singapore District Cooling, a Singapore Power subsidiary that provides chilled water to commercial buildings for air-conditioning. Through the development of WEC Singapore, PacificLight is looking forward to creating a secure, accessible, and sustainable energy future for Singapore’s consumers and businesses. 



acificLight was recognised for its efficiency initiatives by the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) in its 2016 Energy Awards. This national annual award forms part of IChemE’s wider global awards programme that celebrates excellence and innovation in chemical, biochemical, and process industries. PacificLight’s Variable Speed Drive (VSD) efficiency project was highly commended by the prestigious judging panel that included senior figures in the relevant industries as well as members from IChemE.

EFFICIENCY REWARDED An initiative from the PacificLight Centre of Excellence and established by the Operations & Maintenance team, the VSD efficiency project is part of PacificLight’s continuous drive to maximise energy efficiency in its power plant through control methods, system improvements, and adoption of best practices.

(Right) Mr K. Shivakumara, Chief Operating Officer of PacificLight receiving the High Commendation Certification in Energy Award at the IChem Singapore Award 2016

The awards ceremony was attended by Mr K Shivakumara, Chief Operating Officer of PacificLight who accepted the certification on behalf of the company. Mr. Shivakumara commented: “PacificLight is honoured to be conferred the Energy Award High Commendation certification for the VSD project. This initiative, the first for any power plant in Singapore, is in line with PacificLight’s commitment to continuous improvements in operational processes and plant efficiency.”

POWER of the Sun


olar power is reshaping the energy landscape. While traditional power generation remains Singapore’s main source of energy, solar power provides an alternative option for those looking for a renewable source of energy. PacificLight’s partnership with REC Solar saw the successful launch of the PLEdge to RECharge Green Energy Programme in March 2015. The programme was the first in Singapore to integrate energy from both solar and the grid. In line with the programme, PacificLight has installed solar panels on the roof of the Administration Building of its facility on Jurong Island. The installed solar panels are a game-changer for the power generation market in Singapore with PacificLight as the first power generation company to include solar power into their energy portfolio. As part of the PLEdge to RECharge Green Energy Programme, the energy harnessed from the solar panels will be provided to customers who do not have the roof space for solar panel installation, but wish to tap into green energy.


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mployees are recognised as an essential asset at PacificLight and the HR team is constantly looking to adopt best practices in talent development to power the company.

PacificLight is honoured for our commitment to be reccognised by being selected as a finalist in two Human Resources (HR) Excellence Award categories – “Excellence in Learning” and “Development and Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion.” These awards are highly regarded within the Singapore HR industry and recognises those organisations and individuals that adopt excellence in HR policies and practices.

Safety & Security FIRST


acificLight held its annual Safety and Security Awareness Day on 26 September 2016. This important event in the company’s calendar supports PacficLight’s continuous drive to maintain workplace health and safety. Brochures on security measures were distributed to staff to inform, and increase awareness, on what should be done to keep the plant secure and safe from different forms of potential threats. As a lead up to the event, a number of contests were held including a Children’s Art Competition and a quiz on electrical safety to compliment this year’s theme of “Be Smart by being Electrically Safe” and build awareness on the importance of safety. To increase first aid skills, staff were provided with an automated external defibrillator (AED) – a portable device used to treat cardiac arrest – and went through a practical session run by team from Singapore General Hospital. The programme saw staff practicing their AED and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills after a demonstration by the trainers. AED and CPR are crucial life-saving skills and the objective of the practical session was to equip staff with knowledge on the use of AED and CPR in times of emergency.

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ater is the essence of life. In line with efforts to promote environmental sustainability, PacificLight’s Operations team recently implemented a water recycling project at the power

Aimed to make every drop count, a recycling system was installed at the plant’s water treatment facility which collects water used during weekly testing of fire-fighting pumps. Historically, this water flowed via drains to the wastewater treatment plant before being discharged to the sewer. With the water recovery system installed, the wastewater

Hands-on session for staff on AED life-saving skills.

collected undergoes filtration and treatment before it is re-used, significantly reducing the volume of water discharged to the sewers. The water recovery system is capable of recovering 2,600m³ of water per month, which is nearly 90% of the water used during fire drills at the plant. Since implementation of the water recovery process in August 2016, the plant has recovered an estimated 2,293m³ of NEWater that translated into the total savings of approximately S$5,000.

Making Every Drop


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Charging Lives with



n a world where mobile devices are an integral part of our lives, running low on battery can cause significant inconvenience. As part of its community support programme, PacificLight recently installed mobile charging stations at the Science Centre Singapore.

The charging stations can be currently found in the movie auditorium area at The Annexe building; a part of the Science Centres’ blockbuster exhibition, “The Avengers Station.” The charging service is free to all visitors, with smartphones or tablets kept secure in individual lockers that charge any mobile device while visitors continue to enjoy the exhibition. Additional mobile charging stations will be set-up in other locations around Singapore in 2017, providing the public with a valuable service. (Right) Providing convenient mobile charging services to the general public at the Science Centre Singapore.

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eep an eye out for buses with PacificLight’s “Positive Energy” message! To spread positivity this holiday season, e-mail a photo of PacificLight branded buses to and you will receive a

“Positive Energy” highlights the benefits of working with PacificLight as a retailer – “positively effortless to switch, positively honest with no technical jargon, positively simple to make sense of the bill, and positively responsible to the environment through green energy.” Riding on the theme, the “Positive Energy” campaign kicked off with a new microsite ( to introduce business customers to the flexible energy packages available and information on how to switch to PacificLight. PacificLight is also currently running attractive promotional offers for small businesses who switch over to PacificLight in conjunction with United Overseas Bank (UOB). The promotion will run through till 31st December 2016.

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Building a Sustainable ENVIRONMENT


acificLight Energy (PLE) and energy management partner, Anacle Systems, joined the Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) at Fusionpolis 1 for the Sustainability Roadshow organised by JTC.

The educational roadshow took place in November and centered around creating awareness for environmentally sustainable practices and products, and saw an attendance of more than 200 people. The PLE Retail team provided information for adopting renewable energy as well as tips on reducing electricity usage with the help of the Starlight Energy Management Portal. This portal has been developed by PLE's partner, Anacle Systems and helps users track and analyse their electricity usage patterns. The event was very sucessful in spreading increased awareness around sustainable energy.


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In his opening speech, Mr Yu Tat Ming, CEO of PacificLight highlighted that “Whilst Team Building days are an important part of our development, real teambuilding happens in the office every day by supporting each other through simple actions such as covering for colleagues when they are busy”. The event commenced with an ice-breaking session of “Human Bingo”, a fun way of getting to know unique things about each other. The atmosphere was light-hearted and we discovered that PacificLight has some excellent singers and dancers. (Bottom) One of the team in discussion on their strategies before setting off on their challenge



acificLight’s 2016 Team Building event was held at Johor Bahru (JB) where staff had an exciting day of activities and events. PacificLight’s annual teambuilding event helps to build camaraderie and cohesiveness and each year we see the team emerging with greater synergy, focus, and effectiveness.

(Top) Staff on compete in challenges to find local food items

Building the TEAM


The main highlight of the event was a local food trail held at Johor old town. Ten teams were tasked to find certain food items and overcome challenges, equipped with only a phone and 100 RM. Photo evidence of the food items along with stall owner was required to earn points. Besides trying to accomplish the challenge, staff got a chance to explore the historic old town and taste some local delicacies including banana cake and herbal tea. Teams then headed off to the second location to find facilitators who were dotted around the expansive Danga Bay area to complete a set of tasks to earn further points. The game stations not only challenged the physical abilities of the teams but also their creativity, problem solving and mental abilities. Despite the rain and an exhausting day of running around, the energy and excitement remained high throughout with teams working hard to conquer the challenges. The teambuilding event ended with an enjoyable dinner and prize presentation ceremony with the closing speech given by Chief Operating Officer, Mr K. Shivakumara.

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onserving Singapore's habitats and ecosystems for long-term sustainability is one of the priorities at PacificLight. PacificLight firmly believes in being a responsible corporate citizen and taking conscientious efforts to minimise any negative impact to the environment. As part of this commitment, PacificLight participated in the annual International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS). 80 organisations and 3,500 volunteers worked together with the single objective of cleaning up Singapore’s shorelines. PacificLight’s staff volunteers collected 21kg of waste and litter at Changi Beach Park. Another vital component of this CSR activity was the collection of data. Each item collected was properly recorded and weighed at the end of the event, and the overall data collection is utilised to raise awareness and create solutions to the problems of marine waste.

Clearing Up

The ICC is an annual event conducted in 100 countries and is crucial not only for the physical cleanup, but also for enabling education on conserving marine life and shorelines.

the Shores

Food from the Heart


fter its first success, PacificLight organised its second “Food from the Heart” drive with The Food Bank Singapore. There was a heartening response from staff, with a collection of various boxes of non-perishable food items including canned food, dry food, and rice.

The Food Bank Singapore is a charitable organisation that collects donated nonperishable food items and encourages reduced food wastage. The food items collected are sorted, packed, and distributed to their 130 member beneficiaries, ranging from family service centres, various homes, soup kitchens, and other voluntary welfare organisations that provide food to people in need. 


he WALK for RICE, held on 10 November 2016, received enthusiastic participation from 31 PacificLight volunteers who walked, despite the rain, to provide rice (a basic essential) to under-privileged families.

Organised by NTUC Fairprice and South East CDC, the walk aims to gather more than 1,400 people to cover 7,000km and provide 70,000 bowls of rice to disadvantaged Singaporean families under the Fairprice Foundation. In its eighth year, the walks are held over different dates and venues and supported by various organisations.

Meaningful Strides PacificLight’s participation was by invitation from Ernst and Young (EY), who is one of the many supporters of this good cause. Together with EY staff, families, clients, and other business associates, the group embarked on a 5km walk around Marina Bay, Gardens by the Bay, and Marina Barrage. Although an unexpected downpour suspended the event, spirits remained high. The organisers agreed to generously match contributions on the number of participants who attended instead of the distance covered.

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