USAID supports Indonesian ministry to develop alternative business scheme of battery-based electric vehicle (BEV)

In the attempt of improving energy efficiency in transportation sector as well as to reduce greenhouse gas emission, USAID ICED II collaborated with Ministry Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) Directorate General of Electricity (DJK), Directorate of Electricity Business Development in carrying out the study of viable BEV business scheme based on presidential regulation number 55/2019 for Indonesia on March 12, 2020 in Jakarta. A total of 80 participants from staff of MEMR, State-owned electricity (PLN), also private conventional and online transportation sectors such as Blue Bird, Gojek, Grab, Transjakarta and others attended this workshop.

MEMR DJK looked forward to use suggestions from related stakeholders in drafting the ministry’s regulation on BEV. Wanhar, the Director of Electricity Engineering and Environment appreciated USAID ICED II for facilitating the workshop as it is part of MEMR DJK’s activities as the regulator in the electricity sector.

Based on this workshop discussion, ICED II will develop a study using international experiences and will also cover options like public charging station provider, renter, BEV credit and other models. The study will focus on ease and profitability for countries and communities in adopting BEV business schemes.

USAID ICED II shares benefits of drones in topography mapping for hydropower projects

Small hydropower project sites largely used theodolite or total station as tools in topography mapping. On March 11, 2020 in Jakarta, USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) introduced to its related stakeholders the use of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone as a lower cost, faster and more accurate method of preparing topographic map that is necessary for designing run-of-river hydropower projects. There were 80 participants from developers, consultants, contractors, government institution and State Electricity Company (PLN). The seminar discussed about practical application of using drone for topography mapping at three hydropower projects in South Sulawesi, West Java and North Sumatra with 5 MW installed capacity, comparing use of drone against conventional method and reviewing the technology for cameras such as red green blue camera and light detection and ranging (LIDAR). Senda Hurmuzan Kanam, Head of Sub-Directorate of Electricity Cooperation, Directorate General of Electricity, Energy and Mineral Resources stated on the closing ceremony that this seminar brought valuable information about technology that could help the government increasing the use of renewable energy especially hydro.

Banks learn to manage risks in renewable energy business through support from USAID and Indonesia’s Financial Services Authority  

USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (USAID ICED II) and Indonesia’s Financial Services Authority (OJK) conducted Environmental and Social Risk Analysis (ESRA) training on March 3-6, 2020 in Bandung. Financing of mini hydro power projects was the main topic of this training. Participating in the training were 39 people from OJK, National Planning Agency (Bappenas) and financial institutions such as HSBC, Bank Mandiri, BRI, Bukopin Bank and many more. At the end of the training, the participants visited Bengkok Mini hydro Power Plants (PLTM) in Bandung to have first-hand understanding of how a mini hydro power plant works. ESRA training series is part of USAID ICED II support to OJK in implementing Indonesia’s Sustainable Finance Road Map 2019-2023 by improving the capacity of financial institutions. The most important feature of the training is helping banks assess and manage risks associated with environmental protection and technical aspects.

USAID trains utility officials to evaluate feasibility study of biomass power project

USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) has developed guidelines designed to assist staff of State Electricity Company (PLN) to review feasibility studies of bioenergy (biogas, biomass and waste-to-energy) power projects from independent power producers. To roll out the guidelines and to promote adoption of the guidelines by PLN staff, USAID ICED II held a series of training. In order to ensure knowledge adoption within PLN, ICED II conducted series of training of trainers to train future trainers among PLN’s staff. The first training covered biomass power project feasibility study evaluation took place in Jakarta on February 24-25, 2020. A total of 20 staff from PLN regional offices took part in the training. The training provided useful reference documents and hands-on experience to use when reviewing and evaluating biomass project feasibility study.  After completing this training, the participants are expected to obtain sufficient knowledge on biomass power project technology, understand the business process of renewable energy procurement in Indonesia and able to apply the guideline in reviewing and evaluating future biomass unsolicited proposals from independent power producer (IPP) developers.

Local utility and government officials learns rural electrification planning

USAID through Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) held a three-day training in Makassar from January 29-31, 2020 on rural electrification planning for unserved areas. A total of 55 staff of the Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR) Office of South Sulawesi and the State Electricity Company (PLN) Regional Office of South, Southeast and West Sulawesi (Sulselrabar).

The training covered verification and synchronization of data collection compiled during a previous training for a sustainable electricity access program. During the second training, the participants learned about the use of Geographcial Inforamtion Systems (GIS), geospatial data, methodology and background in developing the 20kV electricity distribution network data layers. The data layers are very useful for PLN Regional Office of South Sulawesi in preparing their regional electricity development planning. USAID ICED II will facilitate PLN and EMR South Sulawesi needs in order to achieve an agreement on electrification planning in South Sulawesi Province. The previous training that was held on November 26-27, 2019 in Makassar and focused on the alignment of electricity access data and basic skills to generate geospatial maps of these data using open-access geospatial software.

USAID provides training for Aceh provincial government rooftop solar PV program

 In support to Aceh provincial government commitment on installing solar photovoltaic (PV) on government buildings, USAID, through Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) provided trainings to local stakeholders and local expertsThe training took place on January 28, 2020 with 48 participants from Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR) Office of Aceh, State Electricity Company (PLN), Provincial Development Planning Agency (Bappeda) and other stakeholders. ICED II also facilitated the participation of staff of Directorate General of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (DG EBTKE MEMR) and head of Rooftop Solar PV Users Association (PPLSA) as resource persons. The training focused on on the planning process, project feasibility study, implementation and monitoring of rooftop solar PV systems. Following the event, the Aceh’s provincial government expects to move forward with their budgeting and procurement of rooftop solar PV on government buildings.  ICED II organized an earlier training on October 29-30, 2019 that served as an introduction to rooftop solar PV technology and systems.

USAID assists Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in Developing Power Plant Benchmarking Performance & Greenhouse Gas Emission

USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (USAID ICED II) and Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) are providing technical support to Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Directorate General of Electricity (MEMR DJK) on developing assesment of cap emission and benchmarking performance & GHG emission. USAID ICED II and GGGI held a series of focus group discussion. On January 21, 2020, the second group discussion took place, where a total of 94 participants from various directorates in MEMR, Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs (CMEA), Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, PT PLN (Persero) Group, Independent Power Producer (IPPs). and technical experts attended the discussion. The second FGD aimed to present the draft report and tools for benchmarking performance, energy efficiency improvement scenarios, risk assessments and roadmap and GHG emission in power generation sector. There will be last stakeholder consultation meeting in February 2020.

USAID Mission Director visits energy project in Indonesia

USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) hosted the visit of USAID Mission Director Ryan Washburn to South Sulawesi on January 22, 2020. During his visit, Ryan Washburn learned about USAID technical assistance to State Electricity Company (PLN) for power system planning and operations in Sulawesi, with an emphasis on integrating variable types of renewable energy (i.e., wind and solar PV power plants) into Indonesia’s power system.  This is USAID’s commitment in supporting the Government of Indonesia to achieve its national renewable energy targets and to expand electricity access in Indonesia.

The USAID Mission Director also visited the 72 Megawatt (MW) Tolo Wind Power Plant in Jeneponto, South Sulawesi developed by Vena Energy and owned by Global Infrastructure Partners (USA). USAID ICED II conducted a power system impact study for PLN the results of which paved the way for PLN approval of the project. Tolo wind farm began commercial operations in March 2019 and has been providing electricity to more than 200,000 people. The USAID Mission Director stated that the kind of work that USAID ICED II is doing is helping PLN and the Indonesian power sector facilitate investment opportunities in renewable energy.

PLN acknowledges successful island grid improvement pilot project

As a follow up to a site visit that USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) held on January 7-9, 2020 for government counterparts to showcase the successful implementation of automatic dispatch system (ADS) pilot demonstration, on January 17, 2020, USAID ICED II participated in a knowledge sharing session on smart grid that PLN organized. Following USAID ICED II presentation on the ADS pilot demonstration, PLN acknowledged the successful work and expressed their interest to replicate the ADS and grid monitoring system in five isolated grids, among others in Kupang, by 2020. PLN also expressed their wish for USAID ICED II technical assistance on scaling-up of the systems. ICED II will conclude assistance for PLN by end of March 2020.

PLN promotes benefits of island grid improvement project to Government of Indonesia

In a site visit on January 7-9, 2020, Indonesia’s State Electricity Company (PLN) representatives explained to officials from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and Ministry of Finance that the automatic dispatch system (ADS) control system that USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) installed has successfully stabilized power quality on PLN’s Sumba Timur’s power grid while maximizing the input from an operating solar PV power plant. The pilot demonstration project is part of the USAID ICED II work to identify specific technology innovations that are critical to the rapid scaling up of clean energy generating capacity.

USAID ICED II organized the Sumba visit as part of the process of handing over the ADS pilot demonstration to Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) Directorate General of Electricity (DJK) as the government counterpart agency overseeing ICED II technical assistance to PLN. The MEMR DJK visit and inspection is part of the hand-over certificate (BAST) process of the USAID Clean Energy Program under the USAID Assistance Agreement No. 497-AA-030. Also participating in the visit was representatives from the Ministry of Finance and PLN.

“The ADS has successfully combined diesel power plant and solar PV power plant, especially for small systems in Sumba,” said Andrie Syatriawan from the Directorate of Electricity Business Development of MEMR DJK having observed the ADS system in Sumba.

The visit will encourage MEMR DJK and PLN to introduce the ADS to other PLN distribution grids with variable renewable energy power plants already in operations and/or in planning stage.