CSO: Restrictions on rooftop solar power generation, government not serious on energy transition

Jakarta – 350.org said that the government is not serious on energy transition, despite receiving funding commitments through the JETP (Just Energy Transition Partnership) mechanism. The group recently responded to draft changes in Ministerial Regulation Number 26 of 2021 concerning Rooftop Solar Power Plants Connected to the Electric Power Network Holders of Business Licences to Provide Electricity for Public Interests (IUPTLU).

Suriadi Darmoko, 350.org campaigner in a written release said that changes to the ministerial decree “actually has the potential to harm the development of solar energy utilisation.”
He said the draft regulation change would provide a large portion to PLN as the IUPTL holder, because it has the right to propose a quota for on-grid rooftop solar generation.

“IUPTLU holder proposes a quota for the development of a rooftop solar generation to the Director General of Electricity with a copy to the Director General of EBTKE (new and renewable energy and energy conservation),” Darmoko said, adding that the additional requirement for a quota “is worrying, because the proposal to determine a quota can be proposed subjectively based on the business interests of the IUPTLU holder”.

Under JETP, between Indonesia and its international partners that was announced during the 2022 G20 summit, Indonesia will receive an initial USD 20 billion over the next three to five years to help phase out coal energy and invest in renewable energy infrastructure.

After the launch of the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP), he continued, the government should have made changes to the regulations for rooftop solar generation to facilitate implementation as well as increase public participation in the procurement of renewable energy. (Hartatik)

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