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What this year’s massive blackout means for electricity sector

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, December 31, 2019   /  08:07 am
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A customer observe displayed shoes during a blackout in Jakarta on Aug. 5. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The six-hour Jakarta blackout on Aug. 4 was this year’s key issue in the electricity sector, prompting the public to raise the ultimate issue: inequality in access to electricity despite the high electrification ratio. State-owned electricity company PLN attributed the blackout to an accident that knocked down one of two power lines supplying electricity to Jakarta. Unfortunately, the incident occurred while the other line was under maintenance and the city’s emergency power plants at rest. A month after the blackout, PLN acting president director Sripeni Inten Cahyani told legislators at a House of Representative hearing in Jakarta that the company would build a 101 megawatt (MW) diesel-fired power plant to provide emergency power for the capital and disburse Rp 839 billion (US$58.7 million) in customer compensation.  In response, the public took to social medi...