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ESDM to rethink renewables strategy amid lower-than-expected economic growth

  • Norman Harsono
    Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, October 2, 2019   /  04:16 pm
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Steam rises from the Dieng geothermal power plant, a major source of electricity in Central Java. Indonesia is unlikely to meet its 23 percent renewable energy mix target by 2025 unless it diversified beyond biofuel, experts say.(Tempo/Aris Andrianto)

Indonesia must restrategize to meet its 2025 renewable target, the Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry said on Sept. 25 at a discussion on the country's renewable energy outlook in Jakarta.  “So what is our strategy to reach that target? With the implementation of the [30 percent] B30 biodiesel policy, we expect to increase the renewable energy mix by 3 percentage points,” ESDM geothermal director Ida Nuryatin Finahari said during the discussion. The ministry would also increase output at biomass power plants by 5 percentage points and the production of biogasoline and bioavtur by 2 percentage points each to meet the 23 percent target, she said. The ministry has decided that it would focus more on developing bioenergy over other alternatives in meeting the government’s 23 percent renewable energy target, as stipul...