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How sustainable is our power generation system?

Bandung   /   Tue, October 31, 2017   /  08:21 am
How sustainable is our power generation system? Indonesia is still facing the classic problem of closing the supply and demand gap, with about 5.9 million households still disconnected from the electricity grid. (Antara/Ahmad Subaidi)

Managing the energy trilemma of security, equity (accessibility and affordability) and sustainability is indeed a problematic challenge, especially for developing countries where energy is a pivotal resource needed to achieve higher living standards. Unfortunately for Indonesia, the government is still facing the classic problem of closing the supply and demand gap, with about 5.9 million households still disconnected from the electricity grid. Disparity across regions is evident, with the 2016 national average electrification ratio at 91.16 percent, of which the western part saw up to 99.97 percent electrification (Bangka Belitung) and the eastern part as low as 47.78 percent (West Papua). In dealing with the issue of energy access, the government often opts for the easiest way in choosing energy sources based on the least costly and fastest building options (as explicitly stat...

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