Accelerating Indonesia’s energy transition: Launch of 100% Renewable Cities and Regions Roadmap

Jakarta, Indonesia -Yayasan ICLEI Indonesia proudly launched the 100% Renewable Cities and Regions Roadmap program on 5 November 2019 at the IBIS Tamarin Hotel, Central Jakarta. The 100% Renewable Cities and Regions Roadmap is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) through the International Climate Initiative (IKI). Representatives from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF), Ministry of Finance (MoF), and Ministry of Transportation (MoT) witnessed this landmark event. The launching of this project was also attended by key delegates from the provincial government, district government, civil society organizations and the private sector were also in attendance.

The key message addressed in the event was how to accelerate the renewable energy development in Indonesia as the solution for the future energy. In particular, the event covered the challenges to deliver 23% renewable energy and 100% electrification ratio targets. “The IKI’s 100% Renewable Energy Project is a noble ideal, although there are some challenges ahead in realizing the target,” said Dr.Ir. Hariyanto, M.T, the energy conservation director of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources said in his keynote speech. Edward Napitupulu from DKI Jakarta Province noted that transitioning to renewable energy poses the following challenges, namely RE related policies, availability of land, better access to finance, and streamlining administrative procedures. Further, Mustaba Ari from MEMR stressed that, “Consistency in program implementation and mindset alignment on renewable energy must be enhanced to support the achievement of national targets for renewable energy”.

The commitment to support the development of renewable energy has come from the State Own Company for Electricity (PLN). Budi Mulyono stated that the PLN is committed to encouraging the development of renewable energy by utilizing the potential of local energy, such as biomass and solar power. This commitment is important for renewable energy development since the PLN is the only company that has an authority to distribute, generate and transmit electricity. In addition, the PLN is the company that has a right to buy the electricity from renewable energy generated from Independent Power Producers (IPPs). Bima Fitriandana, ICLEI Project Officer for 100% Renewable added that to accelerate the development of renewable energy, a commitment has to be coupled with developing a clear energy road map and enhance stakeholder awareness.

100% RE will hold a kick off event for the Deep Dive region to explore the needs of the implementation area. In addition, a multi-level governance dialogue will be held for coordination and communication between the regional and national governments in the National Advisory Group (NAG).

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