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Jakarta Post

Only three provinces complete regional energy plans

  • Viriya P. Singgih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 28, 2018   /   04:04 pm
Only three provinces complete regional energy plans Workers repair an electricity network in Malang, East Java, on Aug. 28, 2017. (Antara/Bowo Sucipto)

The government is still struggling to complete the formulation of regional energy plans for all regions across the country, with only three out of 34 provinces having finished their draft works as of today.

On March 2, 2017, the government introduced the General Planning for National Energy (RUEN) -- which identifies Indonesia’s long-term energy management -- to boost the renewable energy portion in the national energy mix from a mere 7.7 percent in 2016 to 23 percent by 2025.

Initially, the government set a target for each of Indonesia’s 34 provinces to complete the formulation of their respective General Planning for Regional Energy (RUED) by March 2 or a year after the introduction of the RUEN.

However, National Energy Board member Pudji Untoro said only three provinces had now completed their RUED draft, while three others have started formulating theirs.

“Three provinces that have completed their draft and are just waiting for it to be added to the Raperda [draft bylaws] are Central Java, Jakarta and West Nusa Tenggara. Meanwhile, the other three that are still formulating their draft are Bengkulu, North Kalimantan and East Nusa Tenggara,” Pudji said on Tuesday.

“We aim to see the completion of all provincial RUED by early June.”

RUEN envisions that, to meet the 23 percent target by 2025, the government will have to develop, among other things, renewable power plants with a combined capacity of 45.2 gigawatts. (bbn)