The Energy Market Authority (EMA) has launched the first request for proposals (RFP1) from national electricity companies for the import and sale of 1.2 GW of low carbon electricity to Singapore starting 2027. Proposals can only be submitted by Singapore-based companies. In the case that the participants are a consortium, it will need to form a Singapore-based special purpose company to be eligible. A proposal should include an initial and a final bid. The initial proposals must be submitted by April 1, 2022, and the final bids must be submitted by June 1, 2022. Winning proposals will be disclosed by the end of October 2022.

The RRP1 does not limit power imports to just renewable energy (RE), but it does consider the carbon emissions of the power source when evaluating bids. Non-intermittent electricity must be imported, which means it must be consistent and stable during each half-hourly dispatch period. Proposals that rely on coal-fired or nuclear power for energy generation will be rejected.

Importers must demonstrate supply reliability, performance history, cost competitiveness, and the ability to minimise carbon emissions during operations. During October 2021, the EMA announced its plans to invite proposals for the provision of 4 GW of low-carbon power imports into Singapore by 2035. In addition to RFP1, RFP2 will be issued between April and June 2022 for the remaining quantities of power imports, with imports projected to begin by 2035.