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Govt hopes for big expansion of small private power plants

  • Aditya Suharmoko

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 29 2010   /  09:44 am

It is hoped that private companies backed by private investors may be able to start to build up to
150 new power plants to provide up to 1,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity nationwide, to help cope with the frequent blackouts in the country.State SOE Minister Mustafa Abubakar said Thursday that state-owned electricity utility PT PLN would cooperate with the private sector to help push forward a major expansion of small power stations especially in the provinces.The government and PLN are aware that one of the best ways to increase power supply in the provinces will be to encourage smaller power stations located in areas closer to towns and communities.The existing PLN grid system  will cope better with both base and peak loads while demand for electricity is rising, with a major expansion of the smaller power sector based increasingly on renewable and clean energy technologies i...