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ESDM Ministry Launch Regulation to Electrify 2.500 Villages

by Sebastianus Epifany Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 10:11

JAKARTA - Inequality electricity infrastructure in Indonesia makes the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) launched its regulation to electrify 2,500 villages. The launching of the ministry regulations has conducted by Arcandra Tahar, Vice Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) of the Republic Indonesia.

Arcandra Tahar officially did launch the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Regulation No. 38 Year 2016 on Accelerating the Electrification of Undeveloped Rural areas, Isolated, Border and Small Island inhabited Through Implementation of Electricity Supply Small Scale Business in the coffee morning event at the Directorate General of Electricity Office, Monday (01/16).

ESDM Regulation No. 38/2016 issued to accelerate the electrification to light up villages which not have electricity. Through this ESDM Regulation, Regional Owned Enterprises, Private, Cooperatives could manage a business area which now still have not been reached by other business areas holder. "This is the Government breakthrough to give legal protection to pursue a more equitable energy needs, ie increasing ratio of electrified Villages Indonesia which is currently only amounted to 96.95% of the total 82.190 village," said Vice Minister Arcandra Tahar, in a press release issued by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (1/17/2017).

Based on data from Village Potential (PODES) of Central Statistics Agency (BPS) of 2014, there are 2.519 villages that do not have electricity. Meanwhile in the planning of PT PLN (Persero) until 2019, only about 504 villages can be energized through rural electrification activity. The Government continues to be committed to providing funds for the development of electricity in the communities are not able to, as well as the development of electricity infrastructure in underdeveloped areas, remote and border.

In 2015, rural electrification program has been implemented with a budget of Rp 3,1 trillion through the state Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. Whereas in 2016 carried the State Capital (PMN) to PT PLN (Persero) with a budget of Rp 3 trillion. ESDM Ministry each year continue to set aside for the construction of new renewable energy infrastructure (EBT) which the majority is addressed the small scale power plants in the area. For 2017 the allocation for that is around Rp 1 trillion.

Also reported in the coffee morning event that the National Electrification Ratio at the end of 2016 has reached 91,16%. This achievement is greater than Strategic Plan targets of KESDM 2015-2019 by 90%. For 2017, the Government expects the national electrification ratio reached 92,75%.

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