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Energy: Dissecting presidential debate

  • Aretha Aprilia
    Aretha Aprilia

    Lead of community renewable energy program — CDM Smith

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 22, 2019   /  09:23 am
Energy: Dissecting presidential debate Warm ending: Presidential candidate Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (left) embraces his contender, Prabowo Subianto, after the 2019 presidential candidate debate at Hotel Sultan in Jakarta. The debate was focused on energy and food, natural resources and environment as well as infrastructure. (JP/Donny Fernando)

Energy is the backbone of every nation’s economic growth. For a country with a fast growing economy such as Indonesia, the soaring demand for energy should be coupled with a steady supply. However, the hard truth is that Indonesia is now a net importer of oil and will potentially be a net importer of gas in the foreseeable future. Indonesia’s electrification ratio is reported to have reached nearly 95 percent at the end of 2017. While the published data may not support this, much of Indonesia is still under electrified. It is a common understanding that fossil fuel extraction and consumption cause detrimental effects to the environment, thus the urgency for having more sustainable alternatives. There is also a push for getting the country to reduce its reliance on foreign oil and to maintain energy sovereignty. The issue of energy was one of the topics discussed at the ...

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