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Indonesia’s energy security hinges on EV-green energy approach, says ERIA

  • Norman Harsono
    Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, September 23, 2019   /  07:30 am
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The all-electric Tesla Model X 75D is displayed during Bluebird's launch of its high-end Silverbird service on Monday, April 22, 2019, at its head office in South Jakarta.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Switching to electrified vehicles (xEVs) will only improve Indonesia’s economy and energy security significantly if the move is combined with a shift to renewable energy, says a recent study by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). ERIA researcher Alloysius Joko Purwanto told reporters on Sept. 18 that the aforementioned scenario was possible because the increased  electricity output needed to power the vehicles would offset any carbon emission savings from reduced fuel consumption, since most power plants in Indonesia relied on fossil fuels to generate electricity. “Without proper regulation, there is a possibility that electricity production will be based on dirty sources [of energy] like coal, as is happening in China and Germany,” Joko said at a press briefing on the ERIA study, which was publis...