New capital should be powered by renewable energy: Govt

Jakarta – The government is encouraging the use of efficient and zero-carbon energy in the National Capital City (IKN) and preparing the development of new and renewable energy (NRE) power plants, according to the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM).

“For the initial stage of electricity utilisation, power transmission will be built gradually in line with the development of IKN,” said Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Dadan Kusdiana at the “Clean Environment Electricity Webinar for IKN”.

According to him, there are several ongoing renewable power plant projects. Among them are Hydroelectric Power Plants (PLTA) in East Kalimantan and North Kalimantan, totalling 1,053 MW. Although it is far from the IKN location, it is being planned to pull the power transmission.

“Indeed, IKN is actually small in terms of electricity construction at the beginning, later transmission development will be carried out gradually in line with the development of the city,” Kusdiana said.

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources also encourages the utilisation of other renewable energy so that it can be built immediately to meet electricity needs in IKN. One of them is the construction of solar farms from solar power or with Rooftop Solar Power Plants (PLTS) in office buildings. In addition, a 780 MW Wind Power Plant (PLTB) is also being built in Tanah Laut with a Commercial Operation Date (COD) plan in 2024.

Kusdiana also said that the peak electricity load in IKN in 2045 is projected to reach 791.71 MW and the total capacity is targeted at 1,051 MW. While for the first two to three years, the provision of electricity will still be connected to the existing transmission system, then clean power plants will be built gradually. (Hartatik)

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