Govt to set up renewable-only power firm
The Jakarta Post
The government plans to establish an electricity company that would use only renewable power sources, in an effort to boost the development of renewable energy, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said said in Jakarta on Thursday.
The minister said the accelerated development of renewable energy would contribute to the country's energy security in the long run.
According to the minister, the government is preparing policies, funding, technology and human resources capacity building to accelerate renewable energy development.
'Such a company would bridge [state electricity firm] PLN's limitations in terms of upstream development budget and it could support the government's ambitious target of achieving a national energy mix with renewable energy,' Sudirman said in a statement on Thursday.
Since the beginning of 2015, Sudirman said, the government had made various efforts to boost renewable energy development, as covered in Law No. 30/2007 on energy and Government Regulation No. 79 /2014 on National Energy Policy (KEN).
KEN has targeted the portion of renewable energy in the national mix to hit 23 percent by 2025, almost four times the achievement so far. 'That's why renewable energy development is certain,' he told.
To achieve 25 percent renewable energy from 35,000-megawatt (MW) power plants, equivalent to 8,750 MW in the next four years, several power plants have been built.
The facilities include a wind power plant in Samas, Yogyakarta, with 50 MW capacity; a 70 MW wind power plant in Sidrap, South Sulawesi; a solar power plant in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, with capacity of 5 MW; a geothermal power plant in Sarulla, North Sumatra, with capacity of 330 MW; and a biomass power plan in Surabaya, East Java, with 10 MW capacity. (bbn)
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