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Beyond 100 percent: Redefining energy access in Indonesia

  • Marlistya Citraningrum

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 27 2020   /  01:00 am
Clean energy: A local farmer removes dust from the solar panel installed in his field in Karanganyar subdistrit in the West Java regency of Indramayu on Nov. 12. The solar cells generate power for lighting and a water pump.(Antara/Dedhez Anggara)

Access to modern and reliable energy, including electricity, is an essential service and an important prerequisite for sustainable development. People's access to modern energy services for powering productive activities will drive socioeconomic improvements, opening access to better information, education, health and jobs. Conversely, lack of energy access can have adverse effects on people's ability to improve their wellbeing. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 770 million people globally still had no electricity access in 2019, mostly in Africa. Meanwhile, Asian countries recorded significant growth: 96 percent of the continent's population had access to electricity in 2019, compared to only 67 percent in 2000. Indonesia showed a significant increase in electricity access, from 67.2 percent in 2010 to 98.89 percent at the end of 2019. This progress surp...