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RE100: Clean power initiative struggles to catch on in Indonesia

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Power from above: A worker inspects solar panels on the roof of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s Electricity Directorate General in Jakarta in this undated photo.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)
Divya Karyza (The Jakarta Post)
Jakarta   ●   Sat, August 7, 2021

A global initiative that encourages corporations to commit to using only renewable energy is hoped to boost renewables in Indonesia’s energy mix, but experts say its success hinges on the government creating an enabling environment.

Initiated by US-based NGO The Climate Group, RE100 has seen constant growth in its worldwide membership over the past years, according to a report it issued last year.

In 2019, 5 percent of RE100 companies had operations in Indonesia, data compiled by the Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR) shows.

Fabby Tumiwa, chairman of the Indonesian Solar Energy Association (AESI), said enabling off-site renewable energy supply through innovative schemes, such as power wheeling or direct power purchase agreements (PPA), was key to ensuring a renewable energy supply for RE100 companies.

“The government must...

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