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Higher prices set for power from renewable sources

  • Rangga D. Fadillah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 14 2011   /  08:00 am

The government, state electricity firm PT PLN and businesses have agreed to raise the tariffs for power produced from biomass, biogas and city waste, a senior official said on Thursday.

The director general for new, renewable energy and energy conservation at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Kardaya Warnika, said that he hoped the breakthrough could make investment in the sector more appealing.

A 2009 ministerial decree on electricity tariffs stipulates that PLN is obliged to buy power produced from biomass, biogas and city waste connected to the medium voltage network at Rp 656 (7 US cents) per kilowatt-hour (kWh) in Java and Bali, Rp 787 in Sumatra and Sulawesi, Rp 853 in Kalimantan, West and East Nusa Tenggara and Rp 984 in Maluku and Papua.

For electricity connected to the low-voltage network, the prices are Rp 1,004 per kWh in Java and Bali, Rp 1,205 ...