Perth pushes for more procurement powers

AustraliaThe City of Perth is lobbying for more powers to be delegated from the state of Western Australia, including procurement powers which will affect how it contracts for digital service delivery. In a recent report calling for a City of Perth Act – which would grant legal status to an expanded city area – the City Council presses for increased procurement flexibility.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6173-perth-pushes-for-more-procurement-powers

NEXTDC, Telstra test new path to renewable energy

AustraliaNEXTDC is examining options to use the roof space of neighbouring buildings to run solar arrays in what would be a major expansion of its renewable energy strategy. Chief operating officer Simon Cooper told iTnews the data centre operator was considering its options to bring solar power to Sydney and Perth. Although both facilities enjoy more hours of sunlight than Melbourne, the buildings have considerably less roof space than M1 in Melbourne, which hosts a 401kW array on its roof.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/400222,nextdc-telstra-test-new-path-to-renewable-energy.aspx

Powering a better Malaysia

MalaysiaDuring our  business travels to Kuala Lumpur, we have frequently heard the phrase “let’s build a better Malaysia”.  Having developed a great interest and admiration for this country, we were curious about the deeper meaning of the phrase and how it relates to our work on energy issues for IBM. Through discussions with everyday Malaysians in restaurants, taxi cabs, malls, and government agencies we have found three core principles that help define what ‘a better Malaysia’ actually means to her people.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-Opinion/2015/01/21/Powering-a-better-Malaysia/

Delta Electronics opens cooperative diagnostics lab in Singapore

Delta Electronics International (Singapore), a Singapore-based subsidiary of Taiwan-based power supply maker and energy management solution provider Delta Electronics, and Singapore-based Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) on January 14 jointly announced the official opening of a cooperative Delta-IBN Life Science and Diagnostics Lab at Biopolis, a biomedical research park in Singapore. IBN belongs to Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) established by the Singapore government.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150114PD216.html

PM Wants Lower Prices for Thrifty Power Users, from Cambodia

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday called on state agencies to help lower electricity costs for consumers around the country and proposed a scheme to prevent landlords from gouging workers by fitting more rented rooms with their own meters. At the inauguration of the 338-megawatt Lower Stung Russey Chrum hydroelectric dam in Koh Kong province on Monday, Mr. Hun Sen asked state power provider Electricite du Cambodge (EdC), the Mines and Energy Ministry and the Phnom Penh municipal government to work together to ensure landlords are not charging workers inflated electricity rates.

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/business/pm-wants-lower-prices-for-thrifty-power-users-76059/

The Philippines publishes oil and gas contracts

The Philippines has published government contracts in the mining, oil and gas industries on its open data portal, data.gov.ph. These industries account for US$1.2 billion (PHP 52 billion) of government revenue, the Open Data Taskforce said. The government is committed to meeting international standards of transparency in revenue from extractive industries, it added.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5993-the-philippines-publishes-oil-and-gas-contracts

South Korean President says data leak from nuclear plant is ‘serious’

Another batch of internal documents from the operator of South Korea’s nuclear power plants leaked to the Internet Tuesday. The leaks are a “serious situation” and a matter of national security, President Park Geun-hye said during a cabinet meeting. In a message posted at 3 p.m. Korea Time under Twitter ID @John_kdfifj1029, the anonymous attacker warned Korean citizens to stay away from nuclear reactors, and mocked a cybersecurity drill organized Monday by Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co., the power plant operator.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/south-korean-president-says-data-leak-from-nuclear-plant-is-serious/

South Korean nuclear reactors hit by cyber attack

South Korea’s nuclear power operator said on Sunday that cyber attacks on non-critical operations at the company’s headquarters are still continuing, a week after executives revealed that the organisation’s systems had been hit. The Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co said on Monday last week that its internal systems had been hacked but only non-critical data had been stolen, and operations were not at risk.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/399083,south-korean-nuclear-reactors-hit-by-cyber-attack.aspx

Domestic investors want to sell wind power at 17 cents per kwh

A Ministry of Industry and Trade’s (MOIT) report showed that 50 windpower projects have been registered over the last three years with the total designed capacity of 4,876 MW. However, only three wind power plants are operational, Binh Thuan, Phu Quy and Bac Lieu. The high investment rate and the low selling price cannot persuade investors to inject money into the sector. It is estimated that a wind power plant using US or European technologies which can satisfy IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) standards would have an initial cost of $2,250 per kw and production cost of 10.68 cent per kwh.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/business/119462/domestic-investors-want-to-sell-wind-power-at-17-cents-per-kwh.html

Indonesian civil service agency overhauling all business processes

Indonesia’s civil service management is still undergoing “radical” change to make the government more transparent and accountable, following changes that started in 2009, the National Civil Service Agency has told FutureGov. The government implemented a policy five years ago to make the whole process of government more transparent and accountable, and increase public participation, which Bima Haria Wibisana (pictured), Vice Chairman of the agency discussed in a recent interview.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5354-indonesian-civil-service-agency-overhauling-all-business-processes

US-Vietnam sign agreement on nuclear research cooperation

Several days after the 123 Agreement on the US-Vietnam civil nuclear cooperation took effect on October 3, the cooperation agreement between the Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute (VINATOM) and Lightbridge Corporation was signed as a first step in the implementation. The agreement was signed by VINATOM’s director Tran Chi Thanh and Jonathan Baggett, Vice CEO of Lightbridge Corporation, in Hanoi on October 17. Local newspapers commented that the agreement showed significant improvement in the strategic relations between Vietnam and the US.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/114828/us-vietnam-sign-agreement-on-nuclear-research-cooperation.html

Who was Asia’s leading ‘Green Government’ agency at FutureGov Awards?

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has been recognised for its efforts to improve the sustainability of G2C communications, winning big in the Asia Pacific’s largest government modernisation awards process for its ‘OneInbox’ project. OneInbox is a secure digital mailbox service that allows individuals to receive, view, file and track electronic letters such as notices or statements from government agencies in one portal rather than having to log into multiple web sites. It is a government initiative under the eGov2015 masterplan to improve public service delivery to citizens.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5250-tv-sd-crowns-asias-leading-green-government-agency-at-futuregov-awards

How An Energy Company Is Using The Cloud To Create A Greener India

How do we produce more clean energy? Cloud computing could be a help. Bharat Light and Power (BLP), one of India’s largest clean energy companies, is combining cloud computing, analytics, mobile and social technologies to increase its green power capacity and transform how it operates. BLP wants to use the cloud to generate more renewable energy, improve efficiency and help rein in the growth of greenhouse gases.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ibm/2014/10/23/how-an-energy-company-is-using-the-cloud-to-create-a-greener-india/

NTU researchers make breakthrough with fast-charge batteries

SINGAPORE: Scientists at Nanyang Technology University (NTU) have developed ultra-fast charging batteries that can be recharged up to 70 per cent in two minutes, and have a lifespan of more than 20 years – 10 times more than existing lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will have a “wide-ranging impact” on all industries, especially for electric vehicles, where consumers are put off by long recharge times and limited battery life, said NTU in a media release issued on Monday (Oct 13).

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/ntu-researchers-make/1412342.html

Singapore’s Economic Planning Agency Looks To Smart Energy Solutions

Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB) has announced plans to develop smart solutions for energy management and control, smart grids, energy storage and integration of renewable energies. The project will include research initiatives to integrate multiple renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy with existing capabilities. It will also look at how Singapore can reduce energy loss from utilities companies and enhance their capacity.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/sep/18/singapores-economic-planning-agency-looks-smart-en/

Germany aids wind power zoning in Vietnam

The four-year project will be initiated this year to support technological development and exploitation of wind power potential in Vietnam, build a relevant database, zone areas for wind farms, and improve capacities of administering agencies in managing wind power investments. The country now has three operational wind farms, including the first phase of Binh Thanh project with an annual generation output of 30 MW invested by Vietnam Renewable Energy One Member Company Limited in the south-central province of Binh Thuan.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/111669/germany-aids-wind-power-zoning-in-vietnam.html

Govt trial finds smart grids could save $28bn in electricity costs

A four-year $490 million Government trial of the use of smart technologies in the energy sector has found the country could reap $28 billion in net economic benefits over the next 20 years if the devices were rolled out nationally. A report released yesterday by Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane – written by four local consultancy firms – analysed the results of the Smart Grid, Smart City project and found the use of such technologies could result in consumers paying hundreds of dollars less a year through reduced energy usage.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/390407,govt-trial-finds-smart-grids-could-save-28bn-in-electricity-costs.aspx

Singapore Power Completes Nationwide Deployment of Deregulated Energy Services on Silver Spring Networks’ Smart Infrastructure Platform

Silver Spring Networks, Inc. (NYSE:SSNI), a leading networking platform and solutions provider for smart energy networks, today announced that Singapore Power Group (SP) has successfully begun delivering deregulated energy services to commercial and industrial (C&I) customers in Singapore. As part of the Singapore Energy Market Authority’s retail contestability program, SP is leveraging a countrywide IPv6 smart infrastructure networking platform from Silver Spring to allow eligible C&I customers in Singapore to now choose from a variety of retail energy providers and purchase electricity at wholesale market prices.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3100599

Microgrids in Asia Pacific Will Reach Nearly $5.8 Billion in Annual Market Value by 2023, Forecasts Navigant Research

Several of the most heavily populated countries in the Asia Pacific region, including China, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia, are experiencing unprecedented rates of rural electrification. Meeting the increased demand for both power and grid services across the region will require innovative approaches, including microgrids that are capable of operating in isolation from (or in the absence of) the wider power grid. Click to tweet: According to a new report from Navigant Research, the microgrid market in Asia Pacific will grow from $778 million in 2014 to nearly $5.8 billion in 2023.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3087756

Achieving improved energy efficiency with green data centres

TAG indexToday’s Big Data revolution has given governments and the industry the opportunity to tap the potential of their most important resource – their data. However, despite its substantial benefits, Keith Murray, Vice President for IT Business at Schneider Electric, says its impact on the environment should compel users and the industry to look for more effective ways to sustainably consume energy.  Speaking to over 200 senior IT decision makers from the Singapore Government at the 11th Annual FutureGov Forum Singapore, Murray highlighted the importance of taking progressive steps to promote efficient energy consumption in data centre facilities.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/apr/22/achieving-improved-energy-efficiency-green-data-ce/