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Jakarta Post

Smart power strategy to deal with shortage of electricity

  • Darmawan Prasodjo

Durham, North Carolina   /   Mon, July 25 2011   /  08:00 am

Indonesians know all about brownouts and blackouts. These rotational power interruptions are a frustrating daily experience that adversely affect the growth and development of all economic sectors.

This shortage of electricity supply is particularly disappointing considering that our nation is endowed with plentiful energy resources.

How can we do a better job of supplying our power generation requirements while also addressing the important goal of limiting CO2 emissions?

Indonesia should implement a strategy that I call “green growth” that will address both the short-term problem of electricity shortage and long-term challenge of sustainable generation and minimizing our national carbon footprint.

Indonesia’s electricity production is among the most expensive in the world because it is dominated
by oil and therefore exposes the government to pric...