Grid interconnection technology long-term investment in energy transition

Jakarta – The Clean, Affordable and Secure Energy for Southeast Asia (CASE) programme recognises that adapting to new technologies is critical for countries to achieve their electricity supply and emission reduction targets, especially those with climate targets, including Indonesia.

CASE Indonesia Programme Manager Agus Tampubolon said that using grid interconnection and energy storage technologies is very important for Indonesia, especially as a long-term investment, and should not be seen as a burden from Indonesia’s choice to transition to renewable energy.

“These two technologies can increase the availability of energy and the reliability of the system used. With increasingly affordable energy storage technology, combined with interconnection between islands, the cost of generating electricity from renewable energy will be even cheaper,” Agus said in a written statement.

Furthermore, he said, as an archipelago, Indonesia needs technology to interconnect electricity networks and energy storage to ensure the success of the energy transition.

Citing the Deep Decarbonisation of Indonesia’s Energy System: A Pathway to Zero Emission by 2050, published by IESR in 2021, Indonesia needs energy integration and storage to maximise the use of renewable energy, such as solar energy. Considering Indonesia’s huge renewable energy potential, developing new technologies is crucial to maximising Indonesia’s potential in clean energy generation.

Meanwhile, GIZ Indonesia’s Energy Transition Advisor and Lead Researcher for the Long Term Energy Scenario, Yudiandra Yuwono, urged the Indonesian government to be more proactive in preparing for future energy supply needs. Forecasts suggest that Indonesia’s electricity demand could tenfold by 2060, and with this data, energy storage technologies will be increasingly needed. To achieve the net zero emissions target by 2060 and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, battery and pump storage technologies will play an important role in transforming the energy sector.

“Renewable energy potential is highly dependent on the geographical conditions of a country. With interconnectivity, Indonesia can maximise its renewable energy potential. This strategy can strengthen the reliability and security of the electricity network system and increase efficiency in the distribution process,” he said. (Hartatik)

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