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Singapore Imports Clean Power for First Time, Buying From Laos

Buildings in the central business district are illuminated at night in Singapore.

Buildings in the central business district are illuminated at night in Singapore.

Photographer: Ore Huiying/Bloomberg

Singapore began receiving hydropower from Laos wired through Thailand and Malaysia on Thursday, the city-state’s first renewable electricity imports as it looks beyond its borders to meet climate change goals.

Singapore is receiving up to 100 megawatts, the Energy Market Authority said in a press release, or enough for a little more than 1% of peak demand. The land-starved country hopes it’s the first step to expanding low-carbon power imports to as much as 4,000 megawatts by 2035, or about 30% of its needs.