Jakarta, IO – Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Minister Arifin Tasrif revealed that Indonesia is facing threat of an energy crisis due to the country’s high dependence on fossil fuels. He elaborated that 42.4 percent of the country’s energy source comes from coal and 31.4 percent from petroleum, reported CNNIndonesia, Wednesday (7/6).
“National oil production will not be able to meet national demand. In fact, energy consumption continues to increase so maintaining energy security will be increasingly critical,” said Arifin.
He said the government needed to urgently make an energy transition to deal with the threat. The solution is to switch from fossil fuels to new and renewable energy (EBT) such as solar, hydropower, wind or geothermal.
Arifin said Indonesia has enormous EBT potential of 3,000 gigawatts (GW). The use of EBT needs to be intensified considering that current utilization rate is only 12.5 GW.
Arifin said efforts to increase the capacity of EBT power plants have increased in the last decade. Oil and gas companies are also making a lot of acquisitions and investment in Indonesia to build EBT-based power plants. (un)