The Jakarta Post
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan is planning to introduce a deregulation policy, revoking 11 regulations relating to electricity.
Jonan did not give any details about his plan, but said the deregulation at the ministerial level followed the guidance of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who was concerned about complicated regulations.
Earlier this week, Jokowi criticized ministers and regional heads – governors, mayors and regents – who he blamed for sluggish investment growth due to the lengthy licensing process.
Jonan said in Jakarta on Wednesday that scrapping 11 ministerial regulations/decrees would help speed up the process of issuing investment licenses.
He said, however, that the regulations to be ditched did not include Energy and Mineral Resources Ministerial Regulation No. 50/2017 on the use of renewable energy sources.
Meanwhile, Indonesian Private Electricity Plants Association (APLSI) chairman Ali Herman Ibrahim expressed the hope that deregulation on electricity would help to resolve various problems encountered by businesspeople.
“Under Law No. 30/2019 on electricity, the government is allowed to cooperate with private companies. [The regulations] should help to smooth the investment process in order to produce mutual benefits for the government and private companies,” he added as reported by kontan.co.id.
Micro-hydro Power Plants Association chairman (APLTMH) Riza Husni said he had been informed about the deregulation. He said scrapping the regulations was not associated with the fate of private investors in the electricity sector. (bbn)