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Powering On – Indonesia Stays Focused On 35GW New Energy Target

“Build a common understanding on how we are developing the electricity sector in Indonesia”
Ignasius Jonan, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources

Minister Jonan’s quote succinctly summed up a major objective of the 2017 Powering Indonesia summit held in Jakarta on July 19.

Learning more about Indonesia’s energy ambitions – notably progress on producing an additional 35 GW of power – was top-of-mind for the more than 350 energy industry leaders, innovators, and key players attending the conference that was organized by GE, and co-hosted by state utility, PT Perusahaan Listrik National (PLN) and Indonesian Electrical Society (MKI).

Setting the Scene

Attendees came to listen and interact with sector experts on a range of topics and it was a full-house when Minister Jonan presented the event keynote speech. He used the opportunity to reaffirm the government’s commitment to increase power generation capacity (the 35 GW plan), and make power more accessible and affordable for Indonesians throughout the country.

Minister Jonan provides more details about the 35 GW plan in this interview. 

Minister Jonan said the government also wants more energy to fast-forward the adoption of electric cars in Indonesia to reduce carbon emissions, and realize the 23 percent target of renewable energy by 2025. 

Dr Admin Subekti, Business Development Director, East Java and Bali, PLN also spoke about some of Indonesia’s unique challenges to energy expansion. 

Meeting the Challenge

With Minister Jonan’s 35 GW commitment message fresh in their minds, the other speakers (comprising local and international guests) shared their views on how Indonesia can achieve the targets set.

During the “Building an Enabling Environment for the Energy Ecosystem” panel discussion, Adrian Lembong, Business Development Director, Adaro Power, Treasury, APLSI called for more openness, consultation, and knowledge sharing opportunities to promote innovation and the faster adoption of new energy ideas.

Adrian Lembong, called for a more public-private interaction and cooperation to better support the national energy goals. 

In his “Future of Energy” presentation, Jean-Pierre Faure, East Asia Regional Leader, Grid Solutions, GE Energy Connections said Indonesia could achieve significant productivity gains by maximizing the efficiency of existing and new power generation assets.

Jean-Pierre said studies indicate plant upgrades could lead to savings of more than US$ 5 billion, while digital enabled optimization could add a further $10 billion in value over the lifecycle of Indonesia’s power production, transmission and distribution assets. If fully implemented these could result in C02 reduction of more than 80 million tons annually.

 

These slides show the potential efficiency, reliability, and sustainability benefits, that Indonesia could enjoy over the medium term if it adopts latest energy technologies and digital solutions.

As in other markets, sector optimization will be driven by latest digital technologies to enhance the country’s energy assets and networks, combined with the deployment of the most efficient gas turbines, ultra-super critical coal technology, and the upgrade of existing plants.

These solutions, and their outcomes, were discussed in-depth by GE Power experts covering steam, gas, hydro, wind, digital, power services, and grid technologies in afternoon breakout sessions – the topics included: Smarter, Cleaner and More Efficient Power for Indonesia, Driving Renewable Power Development in Indonesia, Digital Transformation of T&D-The Power of Data, Pushing Towards 100% Electrification of Indonesia.

Another feature of the event was the announcement of a number of agreements that will support Indonesia’s power generation capacity plans and programs to enhance energy efficiency, reliability, and cost savings. These deals are highlighted in this gallery.

In addition to the discussion on new initiatives to support the 35 GW plan, the other major focus areas of Powering Indonesia included rural electrification development plans, and how digital solutions can raise energy generation productivity and efficiencies to new levels.

These topics – including a milestone rural electrification campaign announced at the event – will be covered in upcoming stories.

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