Selasa, 05 Agustus 2008

Experts doubt feasibility of govt goals to shift to renewable energy

By Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, 07/23/2008.

Experts doubt the government will be able to realize its plan to shift to renewable energy to reduce its dependency on depleting oil reserves and to deal with soaring global oil prices.

The 2006 presidential decree stipulates Indonesia to use, out of its total energy consumption, 5 percent biofuel, 5 percent geothermal, 5 percent biomass, nuclear, hydro, solar and wind, and 2 percent coal liquefaction by 2025.

"But there's no clear policy and road map on how to reach these targets. The commitment can't be implemented because the ministries are egocentric," Zuhal, who is also rector of the University of Al Azhar Indonesia, said.


Sri Endah Agustina, deputy chairwoman of Indonesian Renewable Energy Society (METI), acknowledged the government's poor coordination to promote the use of renewable energy.

"It's just like a music concert without a conductor to control the performance. All players go at it on their own. Indonesia has lots of experts and renewable sources, but has no leadership to push the idea into reality," she said.

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Senin, 14 Juli 2008

Energy subsidy may hit Rp 300 trillion in 2009

Aditya Suharmoko, Jakarta Post, 07/09/2008.

The government may spend Rp 300 trillion (US$32.55 billion) on energy subsidies next year, or close to a 50 percent rise from this year, assuming oil prices average $140 per barrel, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said Tuesday.

For this year, the government has estimated energy subsidy allocations -- including fuel and electricity subsidies -- at Rp 200.6 trillion, assuming the ICP to be $110 per barrel. The estimate is a revision of an earlier Rp 187.1 trillion state-budget projection, which set the ICP at $95 per barrel.

The fuel subsidy accounts for about 65 percent of the total energy subsidy.

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Bigger power crisis looms

Editorial, Jakarta Post 07/03/2008.

The government seems increasingly unable to cope with the acute power shortage that has gotten worse over the past three years. Power blackouts have hit more areas and happen more often. There is almost no improvement in the supply-capacity ratio, in sharp contrast to high growth in power consumption, generated by comparatively strong economic growth (5.5 to 6.3 percent).

The reserve margin of supply capacity of the state electricity company (PLN) is now so low, at just half of the recommended minimum 30 percent required to ensure supply stability (above the demand during peak-load period), that a stoppage at just one major power station could cause a massive blackout.

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Consumption keeps growing as energy infrastructure worsens

By Hanan Nugroho, Jakarta Post 07/14/2008.

While domestic demand for oil is escalating uncontrollably (12 percent for gasoline and 15 percent for diesel fuel in 2007) and domestic oil production has been on a continuous slide for the last 13 years, it is sad to find that oil prices are skyrocketing and our energy infrastructure is deteriorating. What will happen next?

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