Providing assurance on its commitment to give all Indonesians access to power, the government has drawn up and is implementing numerous programs to develop the country’s electricity infrastructure.
“We’ll do that, as many people still don’t have access to electricity,” said the secretary of the Directorate General of Electricity at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Agoes Triboesono, during the FMB9 discussion event carrying the theme “Pelayanan Ketenagalistrikan Indonesia” – or Electrification Services in Indonesia – held at the offices of the Communications and Information Ministry on Nov. 30.
The government is currently executing a series of programs to increase access to electricity, notably for people living in the outermost and disadvantaged (3T) regions. One of these programs is the 35000-MW electrification megaproject.
“This program is for the power plants only. Aside from that, the government is developing infrastructure for distributing electricity, like transmission lines, power substations and a distribution network. So, we’re not only building the power plants,” he stated.
The national electrification ratio has reached 93.08 percent; however, not all villages and households have access to electricity. For instance, two provinces in 3T regions that still have no full access to electricity are Papua and East Nusa Tenggara.
The electrification ratio in Papua and in East Nusa Tenggara is still below 60 percent. Aside from the 3T regions, some regions on Java Island also do not have full access to electricity.
The government, according to Agoes, is focusing on constructing the infrastructure, so that the 3T regions can soon get electricity. “With our program geared more to the eastern part of Indonesia, we hope we can vastly improve access to electricity in disadvantaged regions,” he said.