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Indonesia in Cooperation with Sweden to Developing Renewable Energy

by Sebastianus Epifany Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 15:16

JAKARTA - The Indonesian government has been seriously committed to developing the Renewable Energy and increase direct investment in that field. This is indicated by a special cooperation with Sweden in the development of renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation, human resource capacity through cooperation in education, training cooperation, study and research.

The cooperation outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Indonesia, Ignatius Jonan, and Coordinating Minister for Policy and Energy Sweden, Ibrahim Baylan on Friday (02/17/2017). It's expected from the MoU signing that Sweden direct investment in the energy sector in Indonesia can be improved.

The MOU also targeted to encourage business cooperation between Indonesia and Sweden in the form of joint projects, the establishment of the Joint Venture Company, finance and insurance sector of renewable energy projects.

Based on the official press release of the ESDM Ministry (21/2/2017), Ignasius Jonan explained, "With this partnership provides a more advanced way for the development of Renewable Energy (EBT) mainly hydro and wind in order to reach the target of EBT (renewable energy) in accordance with the National Energy Policy (KEN)."

Coordinating Minister for Policy and Energy Sweden, Ibrahim Baylan explained, "With the reduction in fossil energy, renewable energy development is necessary. Here we share the experience with Indonesia to perform a practical action."

Bilateral Cooperation between Indonesia and Sweden already underway intensively. Currently, ongoing cooperation activities include the Sustainable Energy Solution for Balikpapan City, Payakumbuh Sustainable Waste Management, and also Denpasar and Yogyakarta Landfill Project. Feasibility Study of waste to energy for the Payakumbuh and Balikpapan city was finished in November 2016. The results of the feasibility study are being reviewed by Scientific Board Research and Development of the ESDM Ministry.

One of the cooperation results between Indonesia and Sweden is Biogas Power Generation (PLTBg) which located in Landfill Kawatuna, Palu in 2015. PLTBg has a capacity of 50 KW. The first cooperation program between Indonesia and Sweden called Initiative for Sustainable Energy Solutions (INSISTS) which starting in 2013. INSIST is a Centre for Excellence established by the National Energy Council (DEN) in cooperation with the Swedish Energy Agency (SEA).

INSISTS built with the aim to establish collaboration in the development and strengthening of the energy sector technological innovation capability through capacity building and transfer of technology and to build collaboration between governments (central and local), universities, research institutions and industry.

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