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PLN to hold tender for renewable power plants in May

  • Viriya P. Singgih
    Viriya P. Singgih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Wed, April 12, 2017 | 06:01 pm
PLN to hold tender for renewable power plants in May The Dieng geothermal power plant (pictured) in Central Java has become one of main sources of renewable energy in Indonesia. (Tempo/Aris Andrianto)

State-owned electricity firm PLN plans to hold a tender for power plants generating renewable energy in May in a bid to meet the government’s goal to supply 23 percent of the national energy mix from renewable sources by 2025.

“The tender will be held in early or mid-May at the latest, in accordance with PLN’s timeline. The company is currently conducting a feasibility study for plants using renewable energy,” The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry's new and renewable energy director general, Rida Mulyana, said Tuesday in Jakarta.

According to PLN’s electricity procurement business plan (RUPTL) for the 2017-2026 period, the company plans to acquire an additional 632 megawatts (MW) of electricity from renewable energy sources this year, almost half of which will come from geothermal power plants.

(Read also: PLN to defer power plant projects totaling 9 GW)

In 2026, PLN plans to acquire an additional 21,560 MW of electricity from renewable energy sources, with 58 percent of the total coming from hydro power plants.

Several companies have shown interest in joining the tender, including energy firm PT Terregra Asia Energy. “We are currently waiting for the issuance of the technical guidance to join the tender. We have registered ourselves to be involved in it,” Terregra vice president director Lasman Citra said on Monday.

The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry recently issued decree No. 12/2017 on renewable sources for electricity procurement. The decree places a cap on electricity rates from renewables at 85 percent of the local electricity supply costs (BPP) if it is higher than the national average. (bbn)

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