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Biogas power plants built for rural areas
Indonesia: The government will increase the capacity of the country’s biogas power plants, especially in rural areas, in a bid to provide electricity for villagers.
Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry (ESDM) deputy director for bioenergy Edi Wibowo said in a seminar on biogas energy in Jakarta on Friday that the capacity of a biogas power plant in Kalimantan would be increased to 2 megawatts (MW) from less than 1 at present.
“East Kalimantan is an area where many of its citizens do not have electricity,” said Edi.
The government has built two biogas power plants in Belitung and Riau, with a capacity of 1.2 MW and 1 MW, respectively.
Biogas power plants have become a priority for the government to help increase the electricity supply for rural areas, including in East Kalimantan, Edi said.
Indonesia’s energy consumption is still heavily dominated by fossil fuels, in which oil contributes 50 percent of the total energy consumption, said Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Kadin) head of technology Andhika Prastawa, who also spoke at the seminar.
Meanwhile, the use of renewable energy is still less than 5 percent of total energy consumption, while bioenergy is less than 1 percent, Andhika continued.
“As an agricultural-based country, Indonesia has abundant renewable energy sources, especially bioenergy,” said Andhika.
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