The ASEAN RE Newsletter had the opportunity to sit down with Ir. Jarman MSc., the Indonesian Director General of Electricity, to discuss the use of RE for electricity. During this interview, he explained some government measures to optimize the use of new & renewable energy as regulated by Law no. 30/2009.
Q: With the Government Regulation no. 79/2014 targeting 23% (including nuclear) of new and renewable energy incorporated in the energy mix by 2025, is there a specific RE source that the Directorate General of Electricity would like to focus?
A: In accordance with the above-mentioned Government Regulation, the nation should focus on these energy sources to generate electricity:
Among them, Indonesia’s biggest potentials are mini & macro hydro, as well as geothermal. So these sources are expected to give a significant contribution to the energy mix target.
Q: What are the Directorate General’s approaches to meet the target?
A: The draft for General Plan of Electricity 2015-2034 puts an emphasis on the importance of supporting regulations and attractive incentives to assist in the target achievement, among others:
Q: Which approach that shows more promise in realizing this target from your institution’s point of view?
A: We envision that by streamlining the processes for business and by guaranteeing investment returns (through highest price benchmark), we could boost the developments of renewable energy power plants.
Q: Apart from sharing knowledge with other AMS, what kind of possible collaboration do you envision to increase the use of RE in ASEAN, especially with the Directorate General of Electricity?
A: We would like to see more collaborations for capacity building activities with AMS, either directly with the states or in the context of ASEAN.
Originally appeared here