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Indonesia not quitting coal, but eyes more renewable energy

  • Adisti Sukma Sawitri

    The Jakarta Post

MarrakeCh   /   Sat, November 19 2016   /  08:34 am

For a low-powered country like Indonesia where electricity is still a luxury, the coal way is often the only way.

It is the cheapest source of energy as the country’s mines produce the fourth largest stocks of coal
worldwide.

But even that is not enough. The government’s target to generate 35,000 megawatts (MW) of power will only bring energy consumption per capita to 1,200 kilowatts per hour (kWh), much lower than the 1,600 kWh achieved by Vietnam today.

Today Indonesia still consumes 900 kWh, more than half of which comes from coal and with very little support from renewable energy.

This has brought skepticism of the government’s targets to reduce coal contribution to 30 percent and reach 23 percent in the use of renewables by 2030 as proposed to the UN climate change forum in Marrakesh this year.

National Development Planning Minister Bamb...