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Jakarta Post

Big coal holds lock on energy agenda through opaque lobbying

The five chimney stacks of the 4,025 MW Suralaya coal-fired power plant, one of the largest of its kind in Indonesia, towers above Cilegon city in Banten province on Tuesday (24/9/2019). The two shorter stacks channel exhaust from Units 1-4 while the three taller stacks channel exhaust from Units 5-7 of the plant. (JP/Norman Harsono)
A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil (The Jakarta Post)
Jakarta   ●   Fri, April 23 2021

Power plant companies are knee-deep in political influencing and lobbying with little to no transparency, resulting in entrenched coal interests in Indonesia’s energy agenda amid a push for renewables, a recent report by Transparency International Indonesia (TII) has suggested.

TII’s Corporate Political Engagement Index (CPEI) looked into the political transparency of 90 companies involved in the development of coal-fired power plants. These include SOEs, multinationals and publicly listed companies that either invested in, developed or operated the plants.

It measured five categories: how responsible their lobbying was, whether they had a control environment over political engagement, whether they made political donations or had procedures for transparent donations, whether they allowed the revolving door between business and the public sector, and whe...

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