Power to the people

Today the Indonesian Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources, Sudirman Said, will open the Indonesian Clean Energy Centre of Excellence in Bali, with Australia to be an important partner in the Centre’s new activities.

In support of the opening the Australia Indonesia Centre announced the signing of an MoU and the commencement of a suite of research projects to support sustainable energy development in both countries.

The projects include:

  • Local solutions by assessing, modelling, and trialling micro-grids.
  • National solutions by modelling national grids, assessing future fuel options, and investigating the policy and regulatory frameworks needed.

Indonesia needs energy to support the economic development expectations of its people. It currently has a generating capacity of about 50 GW and plans to reach 85 GW by 2019. That’s a 70 per cent increase. By contrast Australia’s energy consumption has on average declined over the last seven years and the country faces the challenge of ‘decarbonising’ its 65 GW capacity, half of which comes from legacy coal-fired power stations.

Providing reliable electricity is also key to unlocking the potential of remote communities in both nations: from Indonesian islands and Australian outback communities, to remote mine sites. It’s a big challenge as over 65 million Indonesians aren’t on the grid.

“Our memorandum of understanding with the Indonesian Department of Energy and Mineral Resources will enable us to step up our research into these challenges”, says Paul Ramadge, Director of the Australia-Indonesia Centre.