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Jakarta Post

How coal, renewables have replaced oil in Indonesia’s energy mix

  • Norman Harsono
    Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, February 21, 2021   /  11:20 am
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The contribution of green energy and coal to Indonesia's primary energy mix has grown proportionally larger over the past five years.(Shutterstock/Krisana Antharith)

The contributions of green energy and coal to Indonesia's primary energy mix have grown proportionally larger over the past five years, pushing out oil while gas has stagnated, a trend that reflects Indonesia’s prioritization of energy security and lower attention to sustainability. Renewable energy now contributes more than double the 4.4 percent it did in 2015, rising to 11.5 percent in 2020, while coal grew from 27.9 percent to 38.7 percent – retaining the largest share – over the same period, government data show. “Our energy policy, going forward, firstly, is to maximize all resources that are within the country,” said Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif at a press briefing on Jan. 7. The minister’s remarks attest to how Indonesia’s energy policy is largely geared toward using locally available energy resources t...