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Jokowi’s green energy promise for new capital gets thumbs up

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, August 29, 2019   /  12:44 pm
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Clean and sustainable: A man checks solar panels that power a naval base in Riau Islands. The government has promised to use renewable energy to meet the electricity needs of the new capital city in East Kalimantan.(The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s promise to use renewable energy to meet the electricity needs of the new capital city in East Kalimantan has received strong support from green energy advocates. Indonesian Renewable Energy Society (METI), a green energy think tank based in Jakarta, said East Kalimantan had enough renewable energy resources to meet the electricity needs of the new capital city, which will occupy parts of North Penajam Paser regency and Kutai Kertanegara regency. “We hope the new capital fully utilizes renewable energy in meeting its energy needs, considering the availability of renewable energy around the new capital’s location,” said METI chairman Surya Darma in a statement made available on Tuesday. Electricity production in East and North Kalimantan remains overwhelmingly reliant on fossil fuel-fired power plants, which gene...