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ESDM boosts renewable energy projects to increase domestic renewable mix

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The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) is set to compile a list of priority renewable energy projects in Indonesia as part of efforts to boost the renewable energy mix in the country.

Director General of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (EBTKE), Eniya Listiani Dewi, said that the ministry would oversee the addition of renewable energy generation capacity in the Electricity Supply Business Plan (RUPTL) of the state-owned electricity company PT PLN.

She added that the ministry is identifying which renewable energy development projects that should be accelerated.

“We will list which projects can be accelerated in the short term, with the target being 23 percent by 2025, which means 1.5 years from now. We will focus on projects that can be ramped up,” she said.

Indonesia is still striving to achieve a target renewable energy mix of 23 percent by 2025. As of 2023, the renewable energy mix was only 13 percent.

Eniya hinted at the possibility of restructuring current renewable energy project targets to ensure realistic growth and achieve the renewable energy mix target.

However, she stressed the importance of commitment from all stakeholders to achieve the target.

“It’s not just about the government setting the target and then the industry not implementing it. It requires a joint commitment that we must truly uphold together,” she said.

Additionally, Eniya said that the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources would conduct mapping of renewable energy potential in various regions to increase the realization of cleaner energy sources.

“The existing data is not detailed enough, so we cannot target accurately,” she added.

Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Arifin Tasrif told a media conference in January on the Achievements of the Energy and Mineral Resources Sector in 2023 and the Work Program for 2024, of the need for strategic efforts to achieve the 23 percent target by 2025.

“Regarding the renewable energy mix in 2023, we see that there has been an increase, but it’s not significant yet. So, we need strenuous efforts to approach the target achievement in 2025,” Arifin said.

Arifin said further that the ministry had prepared several strategic steps to pursue the target, including implementing planned renewable energy development in the RUPTL, implementing the Rooftop Solar Power Plant (PLTS Atap) program with a target of 3.6 GW by 2025, and converting diesel power plants to renewable energy as targeted in the RUPTL.

“We need to prepare several strategic steps, including the implementation of planned renewable energy development in the RUPTL. The target for 2025 is an additional 10.6 Gigawatts,” he said.

Additionally, the ministry is implementing the Rooftop Solar Power Plant program and diesel power plant conversions. Furthermore, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources continues to implement the mandatory B35 biodiesel program, with a target of 13.9 million kiloliters by 2025.

The government also plans to provide modern energy access through renewable energy at 3T (frontier, outermost and remote) locations, explore geothermal energy, and utilize off-grid and direct renewable energy utilization.

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