DEN Exchanges Information with Denmark over Renewable Energy
National Energy Council (DEN), in collaboration with the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, held an energy forum entitled “Securing Sustainable Energy for A Better Future,” in Nusa Dua, Bali on Friday, November 20, 2015.
The forum was attended by a number of energy experts from the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Asia Pacific Energy Research Center, the ASEAN Center for Energy, the Economic Research Institute for East Asia (ERIA) and the Danish Energy Agency.
DEN secretary general SatriNugraga said that the forum was held to conduct information exchange between Indonesia and Denmark, as well as Malaysia and other countries in East Asia. The information exchange was related to the economic and energy conditions in the future.
“Through this forum, DEN gained valuable information and inputs for the General Planning for National Energy (RUEN) currently being prepared,” Satri said at the Forum on Friday, November 20, 2015.
In addition to exchanging information, Satri added, the forum was also aimed at developing and strengthening the energy resilience.
DEN member AndangBachtiar said that one of challenges faced by Indonesia in developing renewable energy was the cost, which was higher than that of other energ sources. Therefore, Andang suggested that the government must set a price that would be appealing for investors. Andang added that DEN would soon prepare for incentives to promote renewable energy in Indonesia.
Indonesia has set a target to achieve a contribution of renewable energy to account for 23 percent of the national energy in 2025 and 31 percent by 2050. Andang said that it was a commitment pledged by Indonesia to address the climate change. Currently, Indonesia’s renewable energy accounts for 3.5 percent of the national energy mix.