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  • Indonesia’s Age-Old Energy Subsidy Dilemma; Government Adds USD $20 Billion to 2022 Budget

    Indonesia’s Age-Old Energy Subsidy Dilemma; Government Adds USD $20 Billion to 2022 Budget

    The Indonesian government’s energy subsidy spending has always been a topic of controversy. By keeping fuel and electricity prices low the central government aims to support the Indonesian people as well as the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as – indeed – poverty remains a big problem in Indonesia; a country where nearly ten percent of the population lives below the national poverty line (which is 26.5 million individuals in absolute terms).

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  • Renewable Energy: the Challenges of Biomass Development in Indonesia

    Renewable Energy: the Challenges of Biomass Development in Indonesia

    Considering Indonesia is committed to the development of renewable energy in a bid to cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, while at the same time reducing its traditional dependence on fossil fuels such as coal and (mainly imported) diesel in terms of the energy supply, biomass is one of the options that can offer a solution.

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  • Challenges & Potential of Indonesia's Biodiesel & Bioethanol Programs

    Challenges & Potential of Indonesia's Biodiesel & Bioethanol Programs

    Biodiesel, which is a form of diesel fuel that is derived from plants or animals (in the case of Indonesia it mainly uses fatty acid methyl ether, FAME, which is derived from palm oil), has been on the political agenda of Indonesia since the 1990s when the first (in-depth) research was conducted by a number of state agencies.

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  • Update on Renewable Energy Sources; Indonesia’s (Untapped) Geothermal Power Potential

    Update on Renewable Energy Sources; Indonesia’s (Untapped) Geothermal Power Potential

    Despite several persistent challenges, geothermal energy remains a very interesting (and relatively environmentally friendly) power source for Indonesia. It is estimated that Indonesia is home to 40 percent of total global geothermal energy potential. But as impressive as that sounds, the country only uses a fraction of the potential. So, let’s take a look at recent developments in terms of geothermal power in Indonesia.

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  • Research Report: Indonesia's Energy Sector

    Research Report: Indonesia's Energy Sector

    The latest research report of Indonesia Investments focuses on the energy sector of Indonesia. The energy sector is a crucial sector because without energy it is impossible to pursue economic and social development.

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  • Indonesia Has Become World's 2nd Largest Geothermal Energy Producer

    Indonesia Has Become World's 2nd Largest Geothermal Power Producer

    Indonesia has now overtaken the Philippines in terms of geothermal power capacity. At the end of Q1-2018 Indonesia's installed geothermal power capacity reached 1,925 MW, higher than the 1,868 MW capacity of the Philippines. Moreover, by the end of 2018, Indonesia is expected to see its geothermal power capacity rise to 2,058 MW. However, Indonesia is still far away from becoming the world's biggest geothermal power producer. Capacity of the USA currently stands at 3,591 MW, hence leading by a distance.

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  • Indonesia A Step Closer in Making Pertamina the Oil & Gas Holding Firm

    Indonesia A Step Closer in Making Pertamina the Oil & Gas Holding Firm

    The government of Indonesia is now one step further in turning fully state-owned energy company Pertamina into an oil & gas holding firm. Indonesian President Joko Widodo signed Government Regulation No. 6/2018 on the Formation of a State-Owned Oil & Gas Holding Firm thus formalizing the government's decision to move its 57 percent stake (Series B shares) in gas distributor Perusahaan Gas Negara to Pertamina.

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Latest Columns Energy

  • Wind Power Generation in Indonesia; What Are the Challenges & Opportunities?

    Wind Power Generation in Indonesia; What Are the Challenges & Opportunities?

    In March 2022 Indonesia’s fully state-owned electricity company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) announced that it decided to team up with the French Development Agency (Agence Française de Développement), which is a public financial institution that is focused on implementing policies defined by the French Government with the aim to fight poverty and promote sustainable development, to jointly develop a wind energy plant with a capacity of 200 megawatt (MW) in Pandeglang (in Banten). This project is called the Banten Wind Farm Power Development.

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  • Preventing a Looming Energy Crisis; Is Nuclear Power a Realistic Option for Indonesia?

    Preventing a Looming Energy Crisis; Is Nuclear Power a Realistic Option for Indonesia?

    Energy is certainly the ‘thing’ to watch in the years, well decades, ahead. Amid heavy political pressures from the West, the world is heading for an unprecedented energy transition in which fossil fuels are going to be replaced by renewable energy sources. This is certainly great news for the environment (but whether the energy transition can ease, let alone stop, climate change – which is cited as the goal of this transition – seems iffy though).

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  • Skyrocketing International Coal Prices; a Blessing for Indonesia’

    Skyrocketing International Coal Prices; a Blessing for Indonesia’

    Currently, coal certainly ranks among the most interesting commodities. On the one hand, Indonesia expressed its commitment to reduce consumption of this dirty fossil fuel (that is especially used as raw material for the generation of electricity in power plants but also in various manufacturing industries such as the cement industry and textile industry) as the country seeks to become ‘carbon neutral’ by 2060 (although many doubt to what extent Indonesia is really committed to this ambition; after all, it has more immediate concerns such as the dozens of millions of Indonesians living below, and just above, the national poverty threshold).

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  • Ambitious Renewable Energy Push; Indonesia Eager to Encourage the Development of Solar Energy

    Ambitious Renewable Energy Push; Indonesia Eager to Encourage the Development of Solar Energy

    The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry of Indonesia has recently been making efforts to encourage the development of solar energy around this vast Archipelago. On 20 August 2021 it issued Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Regulation No. 26 of 2021 on Solar Rooftop Connected to the Grid of Power Supply Business License for Public Interest Holders (henceforth: Regulation 26/2021).

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  • Global Crude Oil Prices Decline to Historic Lows, How Does It Affect Indonesia?

    Global Crude Oil Prices Decline to Historic Lows, How Does It Affect Indonesia?

    Besides the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, another big news story in March 2020 was the massive decline of global crude oil prices. Not only is the price of oil under pressure because of the enormous slowdown in economic activity as various governments have imposed restrictions (such as travel bans) in an attempt to curb the further spread of the coronavirus, but there also emerged big tensions between some of the world’s biggest oil producers that led to tumbling oil prices.

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  • Indonesian Energy Companies in Focus: Perusahaan Gas Negara

    Indonesian Energy Companies in Focus: Perusahaan Gas Negara

    Shares of Perusahaan Gas Negara, the largest natural gas transportation and distribution company in Indonesia, are showing spectacular growth in 2018. On Tuesday (23/01) the company's shares surged 8.91 percent to IDR 2,690 a piece. So far this year, its shares have grown a whopping 53.71 percent. What is the story behind this spectacular performance?

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  • Indonesian Coal Mining Companies in Focus: Adaro Energy

    Indonesian Coal Mining Companies in Focus: Adaro Energy

    Amid rising mining commodity prices, Indonesian coal mining company Adaro Energy saw its share price surge at the start of 2018. The mining index is actually the best-performing index so far this year in Indonesia, rising 13.58 percent since the start of the year. Being a mining company - or more precisely an energy company (as it recently entered the power generation sector) - Adaro Energy is among the major beneficiaries.

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  • Petrochemical Companies in Focus: Chandra Asri Petrochemical

    Petrochemical Companies in Focus: Chandra Asri Petrochemical

    Chandra Asri Petrochemical, one of Indonesia's largest petrochemical companies, is busy with (at least) four projects that should boost the company's performance in the future. The four projects involve the expansion of its butadiene plant, development of a synthetic butadiene rubber plant, development of a coal gasification plant, and expansion of its second petrochemical plant.

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