The Jakarta Post
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik said the geothermal draft bill currently being debated at the House of Representatives would create a conducive climate for the development of renewable energy in Indonesia, as it would encourage more geothermal energy development projects.
'There are no longer factions at the House with disagreements on the geothermal bill, so we hope that the draft bill can be ratified in the plenary meeting today [Tuesday],' he said in Jakarta on Tuesday, as quoted by tempo.co.
Jero added that the government had issued a regulation regarding the price of electricity produced by geothermal power plants to ensure a sustainable supply of the energy in the future.
'The more people use renewable [energy], the less they use fossil fuels. This is great,' said Jero.
In the regulation, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry set the ceiling price of geothermal energy at between US$0.11 to $0.12 per kilowatt-hour (kWh).
According to the ministry's directorate general of renewable energy and energy conservation, the highest price benchmark would be expected to fall between $0.11 to $0.29 per kWh in 2014-2015.
Separate electricity prices would be apply to three different regions. The first region would cover Bali, Java, and Sumatra, while the second area would comprise Kalimantan, Maluku, Nusa Tenggara, Papua and Sulawesi. The third region would apply to areas between the first and second regions. (put/ebf)
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