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The Economic Strategies Committee has put forth recommendations on Singapore being a Smart Energy Economy.
As electricity is a modern necessity, it is of paramount importance that it is reliable, pollution-free and affordable.
As regards reliability, the ESC recommends that in the medium term, Singapore consider importing coal and electricity to diversify our energy sources, so as to free up land in Singapore. I would like clarification on the pros and cons of relying on imports and thus becoming less self-reliant for our energy needs. Which are the countries we are likely to import electricity from? Will there be additional risks to our energy security?