CLP Holdings (CLP), one of the largest investor-owned power companies in Asia Pacific, has launched its online energy marketplace which runs entirely on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Called, Smart Energy Connect (SEC), the smart energy platform focused on sustainability innovation by helping businesses and utilities find the applications they need to manage energy assets and achieve sustainability goals.
“The energy sector in Asia is going through a wave of innovation as the economy continues to grow. Technology is helping the utility industry create value for customers through innovative energy management solutions, empowering the growth of renewables and distributed energy resources to make businesses more sustainable,” said Austin Bryan, senior director – Innovation and Ventures, CLP.
By migrating its backend infrastructure and production workloads to the cloud, SEC is leveraging the proven reliability and operational experience of AWS to connect its Internet of Things (IoT) devices, operate its legacy systems, and run its energy data security system.
Using a range of AWS services, including analytics, serverless computing, database, and storage services, SEC has been able to achieve more than 50% IT operational cost savings. SEC’s solutions also help customers achieve more than 15% energy conservation. With reduced labour requirements to manage IT systems, SEC is able to focus resources on innovation and services.
Taking a cloud-first strategy
“Taking a cloud-first strategy and choosing to run on AWS has allowed us to build a stronger SEC platform because we can innovate quickly and adopt AWS’s best practices to instantly scale up or down as our usage grows. We can now optimise resources by offloading workloads to AWS, and stay focused on our mission to make sustainability a practical reality,” Bryan said.
CLP is in the process of migrating the SEC workload to the AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region in order to serve its local users with lower latency and to drive development of its mission-critical functions.
Robert Wang, managing director for Hong Kong and Taiwan at AWS, said, “AWS’s customers are doing critical work in the cloud to support sustainability. It is exciting to see how AWS has enabled CLP to accelerate its innovation in energy management and contribute to the region’s sustainable future. We look forward to continue helping CLP through their transformation, and supporting them in navigating new business models throughout their cloud journey.”
CLP Holdings is the holding company for the CLP Group, one of the largest investor-owned power businesses in Asia Pacific. Through CLP Power Hong Kong, it operates a vertically-integrated electricity supply business providing a highly-reliable supply of electricity to 80% of Hong Kong’s population.
Outside Hong Kong, CLP holds investment in the energy sector in Mainland China, India, Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Australia. Its diversified portfolio of generating assets uses a wide range of fuels including coal, gas, nuclear and renewable sources.
CLP is one of the largest external investors in the Mainland’s renewable energy sector. In India, it is one of the biggest renewable energy producers and among the largest foreign investors in the electricity sector. In Australia, its wholly-owned subsidiary EnergyAustralia is one of the largest integrated energy companies, providing gas and electricity to about 2.5 million households and businesses