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[2023 Edition] Complete Guide To Choosing The Best Open Electricity Market (OEM) Plan For Your Home

We explain exactly what the Open Electricity Market is, and how to choose the best plan from among the bewildering choices.

Since the launch of the Open Electricity Market (OEM) in 2018, about half of Singaporean households have switched to electricity retailers.

For the other half of households who have not, they been paying the tariff rate over the past years – and will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future, since neither incentives, educational outreach, nor the lack of major issues for OEM customers have seemed to convince them to make the switch. However, with electricity prices expected to increase due to the doubling of fuel prices, there may be an additional incentive to switch now.

For those of us considering switching or renewing our plans, here is an overview of the choices available so you can make the best choice for your needs – whether that’s for your new home, or your existing OEM contract expiring and you’re wondering what the available plans are right now.

From the previous high of 12 OEM retailers, currently only 7 OEM retailers remain, with many cutting down on their product offerings significantly.

Read Also: What Happens When You Need To Change Your Open Electricity Market (OEM) Retailer

5-Minute Explanation: How Electricity Is Produced And Sold In Singapore

In order to understand what an electricity retailer is, we first need to understand how electricity is produced and sold in Singapore. The Singapore energy market has always been an ecosystem made up of multiple players.

Everything starts with the electricity produced by power plants, which are owned and operated by power generation companies. Every half an hour, these power generation companies bid for contracts to generate and sell specified quantities of power on the wholesale electricity market. Retailers, including SP Group, then buy electricity in bulk from the wholesale electricity market to supply to consumers.

The electricity generated is then transmitted from the power plants and distributed across the island on the national power grid, which is also operated by SP Group.

In other words, SP Group buys electricity in bulk from the power generation companies on behalf of Singapore households. The company is also responsible for the infrastructure for reliable power delivery island-wide and billing households for electricity consumed.

To ensure consumers are protected, prices that Singapore households pay is based on the tariff set by the Energy Market Authority (EMA), with the aim of being as low as possible while allowing SP Group to cover operational costs.

The tariff is revised every quarter and consists of two parts: 1) fuel cost and 2) non-fuel cost. The fuel component is based on natural gas prices in the preceding quarter, while the non-fuel component covers the cost of running the electrical infrastructure and support services like meter reading.

In effect, the tariff system insulates Singaporeans, to some extent, from the electricity production and purchase process, and from near-term price fluctuations due to the global oil market, since 95% of Singapore’s electricity supply is generated using imported natural gas.

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What Is The Open Electricity Market (OEM)?

The Open Electricity Market (OEM) is part of EMA’s effort to liberalise the electricity market, allowing residential households in Singapore to buy electricity from retailers other than SP Group.

Think of this as similar to how different telecommunication providers in Singapore such as SingTel, M1, Starhub and Circles.Life offer different price plans in order to attract different kinds of customers.

To be clear, SP Group continues to operate the national power grid, so you can be assured of the same reliable power that you come to expect living in a Singapore. For those who choose not to do anything, SP Power will continue to sell you electricity at the regulated tariff.

Here is the current list of electricity retailers that you’ll be able to buy their electricity from:

Benefits Of The Open Electricity Market

The opening up of the electricity market for Singapore households come with a number of benefits for Singapore residents.

# 1 More Choices For Electricity Plans

Compared to paying a fixed, quarterly tariff rate which is what SP Group offers, retailers allow you to choose from two types of electricity plans. Different plans give Singaporeans choices on how they wish to buy electricity and who they wish to buy it from. They have the potential of large cost savings for households who choose an appropriate plan based on their consumption habits.

# 2 Competition Leading To Innovation And Better Prices

Competition among retailers that essentially sell the same product (electricity) means that companies need to provide great service at great prices. Beyond price, retailers are also competing to value-add to their customers.

For example, some retailers are offering free months of electricity, referral cashback, and other promotional rewards.

As companies strive to differentiate themselves, we can look forward to even more offerings and perks, and to choose the one that makes the most financial sense for us.

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# 3 More Awareness Of Energy Consumption

The introduction of OEM and the large numbers of retailers and plans should make Singaporeans more aware of the electricity market in Singapore and to take stock of their own consumption patterns.

Being more conscious about when we use electricity, how much power our appliances are using, and areas of wastage will hopefully lead to more considered electricity use, saving both money and natural resources over time.

Overview Of Types Of Price Plans Offered By OEM Retailers

Before we compare the different standard price plans offered by each retailer, it’s important to first understand how each works. In general, retailers offer two types of plans: 1) Discount Off Regulated Tariff2) Fixed Price.

Here is how each type of electricity plan works.

1) Discount Off Regulated Tariff plans offer a discount off the prevailing regulated tariff price, which is revised every quarter.

Source: Energy Market Authority

2) Fixed Price plans mean you pay a fixed rate throughout the duration of your contract. While the rate is not subjected to quarterly fluctuations based on the tariff, it may be higher or lower than the tariff over time.

Source: Energy Market Authority

Peak and Off–Peak plans were offered to Jurong residents but have since been withdrawn when the OEM rolls out nationwide, due to the lack of interest among consumers. Retailers could still offer Peak and Off-Peak plans, but these will be classified as “Non-Standard” plans.

Under this scheme, you pay different prices for electricity usage depending on the time of day. If your household’s electricity usage is skewed towards mainly off-peak hours, Peak and Off-Peak plans could potentially result in significant savings.

* All prices are accurate at the time of writing and might be subject to change. Please contact individual retailers for the most updated pricing.

Best Discount Off Regulated Tariff Plans Across OEM Retailers

As of 11 July 2023, there are no Discount Off Regulated Tariff Plan offered by any of the retailers.

Best Fixed Price Plans Across OEM Retailers

As of 11 July 2023, these are the Fixed Price plans available, which you can compare below:

Retailer  Name Of Plan Price Contract Duration
Keppel Electric FIXED12 28.98 cents/kWh  12 months
FIXED24 28.98 cents/kWh  24 months
ecoGreen 12 37.98 cents/kWh 12 months
ecoGreen 24 37.98 cents/kWh 24 months
PacificLight Energy Sunny Side-Up 12m (Green Plan) 29.30 cents/kWh 12 months
Savvy Saver 12 28.98 cents/kWh  12 months
Savvy Saver 24 28.98 cents/kWh  24 months
Easy Peasy 27.80 cents/kWh (+ 55 cents daily charge)  No Contract
9 To 9 16.20 cents/kWh (+ $1 daily charge) (9pm – 9am)
37.00 cents/kWh (+ $1 daily charge) (9am – 9pm) 
No Contract
Stack It Up 26.83 cents/kWh 24 months
Save While Sleeping 19.86 cents/kWh (11pm – 7am)
37.00 cents/kWh (7am – 11pm)
24 months
Sembcorp Power 12M Fixed Price Home 29.46 cents/kWh 12 months
12M Sunshine Plan
(Green Plan)
39.18 cents/kWh 12 months
Senoko Energy LifePower12 (3% Green Energy) 29.31 cents/kWh 12 months
LifePower24 (3% Green Energy) 29.31 cents/kWh 24 months
LifeGreen 24 (100% Green Energy) 29.74 cents/kWh 24 months
Seraya Energy (Geneco) Give Us A Try  29.30 cents/kWh 6 months
Get It Fixed 12 28.98 cents/kWh 12 months
Get It Fixed 24 28.98 cents/kWh 24 months
Tuas Power Supply PowerFIX 12 29.52 cents/kWh 12 months
PowerFIX 18 29.52 cents/kWh 18 months
PowerFIX 24 29.52 cents/kWh 24 months
PowerFIX36 29.52 cents/kWh  36 months
Union Power Union Saver 6 48.60 cents/kWh 6 months

The best rate for the short term (6 months) is Geneco – Give Us A Try at 29.30 cents/kWh. Another option is PacificLight Energy – Easy Peasy which has no contract at 27.80 cents/kWh but has an additional daily charge of 55 cents . The other short-term plan is offered by Union Power, but the rate at 48.60 cents/kWh, which is much higher than the current regulated tariff rate of 29.96 cents/kWh (with GST).

For a mid-term plan (12 months), the best rate is offered by Geneco – Get It Fixed 12, Keppel Fixed12, and PacificLight Energy Savy Saver 12 at 28.98 cents/kWh. All the other retail providers are currently offering rates lower than the regulated tariff for their 12-month plans.

Lastly, for the longer-term plan (24 months) the best rate at 28.98 cents/kWh is offered by three retailers namely, Geneco – Get It Fixed 24followed by Keppel Electric – Fixed24, and PacificLight Energy Savvy Saver 24.

Interestingly, options for those who mainly use electricity at night can consider the PacificLight Energy – Save While Sleeping which offers a lower rate from 11pm to 7am at 19.86¢/kWh and 9 To 9 when you use electricity from 9pm to 9am with no contract at 16.20 cents/kWh but has an additional daily charge of $1.

All of these plans offer consumers some discount compared to the current regulated tariff rate. Though, some of these discounts are marginal compared to the regulated tariff.

Which Plan Should I Take?

The current SP tariff rate, which applies from 1 July to 30 September 2023, is 29.96 cents/kWh (with GST). Prices have risen slightly from 29.62 cents/kWh (with GST) in the previous quarter.

Though the number of electricity plans is lower and the discounts are smaller compared to the past couple of years, consumers could still benefit from switching to an OEM retailer.

The cheapest OEM plan that you can get is 28.98 cents/kWh for either the 1-year or 2-year plan with some of the retailer providers. This is around 3% cheaper than the SP tariff rates.

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This article was first published on 1 October 2018 and has been updated to reflect the latest prices. Additional reporting by Angela Teng

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