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July 21, 2008

Indonesia: Power policy needs review
Indonesia’s national policy on electricity state electricty company PT PLN has been implementing, needed to be reviewed especially in the use of energy resources, a legislator said.

The policy needs to be reviewed because it was inappropriate, especially if linked to current condition of the country which is now facing an energy crisis, Antara news agency quoted Dr Zulkifli Halim, a member of the House of Representatives (DPR) representing the National Mandate Party (PAN) as saying on Sunday.

He recommended that it was much better to use the potentials of the existing energy in the regions in a bid to meet the need for power plants.

For example, power plants on Java island should not only depend on or hope for new supply of coal from Kalimantan as what the coal-fired power plant PLTU Suralaya in West Java has done. Because adverse weather, coal supplies was delayed, which in turn cause power shortfalls.

"It is much better to build coal-fired power plants in Java and Sumatra. It is a waste if the potentials of coal-fired power plants are left unexploited. If they could be used optimally, Java will never have blackouts," he said.

Natural resources like coal which is quite prospective and abundant in Kalimantan could be used to run PLTUs in South Kalimantan, and PLTU Asam-Asam in Tanah Laut district, Banjarmasin, he said in a public discussion on minerals and coal.

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