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Energy watchdogs call for less coal, more renewables in PLN long-term power plan

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, April 3, 2020   /  03:24 pm
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The 600 kWp solar power plant on Gili Trawangan island in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on Feb. 22, 2019 .(PLN/PLN)

Energy watchdogs have called on state-owned electricity company PLN to slash coal consumption and boost renewables usage in the company’s upcoming 2020-2029 electricity procurement plan (RUPTL). The experts urged Indonesia’s top electricity company to further cut back on coal-fired power plants, particularly those whose construction has been stalled due to COVID-19 pandemic. They urged PLN to focus on developing green energy plants instead. “Developing coal plants that have a 40-year lifespan will lock out opportunities for renewables to develop in Indonesia,” said energy and climate change researcher Adila Isfandiari of environmental advocacy group Greenpeace Indonesia. Adila is among many energy observers, including those from Global Energy Monitor (GEM), the Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR) and the Institute for Development of Economics a...