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ASEAN: Toward residential energy efficiency

  • Rizky Aditya Putra, Alfred Gurning, and Dynta Munardy

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 11 2020   /  01:00 am
PLN deploys Whatsapp, Indonesia's most popular messenger app, to distribute subsidized-electricity token codes for 31 million Indonesian households during the pandemic. The codes would be dialed into each home's power meter to claim a certain electricity quota measured in kilowatt hour (kWh). (PLN/PLN)

It has been half a year since COVID‑19 was first reported in December 2019, followed by the World Health Organization declaring the disease a pandemic in March 2020. Around the world, including Southeast Asia, governments have asked people to stay at home and imposed closures or lockdowns to contain its spread. Metropolitans like Jakarta have turned cleaner in regard to air pollution. People are commuting less and so, fewer vehicles are on the streets. Industries are slowing down their production or suspending operation. People are changing their behavior; they are staying at home. This change of behavior has impacted energy demand. In Indonesia, state electricity company PLN said overall electricity consumption will fall by up to 1.2 percent, which is mostly driven by lower demand from industries and businesses. Nonetheless, what one could miss is that the decline in industry an...