USAID ICED II and PLN Corporate University is holding a training of trainers virtual training on evaluating feasibility study of solar photovoltaic power projects on June 9-11, 2020. A total of 70 participants from various PLN offices participated in the virtual training.

PLN hosts USAID on-line training of trainers for solar PV project appraisal

On June 9-11, 2020, PLN Corporate University hosted an online training of trainers (ToT) on evaluating proposed solar photovoltaic (PV) power projects. USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) organized the training for 70 PLN staff from various regional offices.

Co-delivered by PLN to ensure knowledge transfer, the training shared useful reference documents and hands-on tools to use when reviewing and evaluating solar PV projects’ feasibility study.

ICED II has developed a set of guidelines to assist staff of PLN in reviewing feasibility studies of various renewable energy power project types as proposed by independent power producers. To roll out the guidelines and to promote adoption of their use by PLN staff, ICED II and PLN Corporate University launched a series of ToT workshops.

As of June 2020, ICED II has held four batches of training of trainers, participated by 231 PLN staff in total. The first training was on February 24-25, 2020 with the focus on evaluating bioenergy power projects, while the second training was held on April 21-23 on hydropower projects. The ToT continued to the third series on May 18-20, 2020 on biogas power projects and the fourth on June 2-4, 2020 on waste-to-energy power projects.

A forthcoming training on evaluating wind power projects is scheduled later in June 2020.

State Electricity Company (PLN) adopts guidelines for improving its distribution network

The Power Distribution Development Program for Results (PforR) Project for Indonesia is a World Bank’s supported program to increase access to electricity services and to improve the efficiency and reliability of their delivery in selected areas of Indonesia.

The project is in line with Indonesia’s State Electricity Company (PLN) efforts in improving its distribution network. One of the Disbursement Linked Indicator of the World Bank PforR Project for Indonesia was the development of new Distribution System Planning Guidelines. At the request of PLN Director of Planning, USAID through Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) assisted PLN in preparing these new Guidelines that respond to changes in technology and policy related to PLN’s medium and low voltage network. ICED II worked with PLN’s Distribution System Planning Guidelines task force led by General Manager of Distribution Unit, PLN East Java Regional Office. Issuing the Distribution System Guidelines was also allowing the release of USD 25 million of funding.

The Distribution Planning Guidelines were approved by the Board of Directors’ in April 2020 and the decree enacting the guidelines was issued on May 11, 2020. The decree will ensure sound and consistent implementation of planning and investment designed improving PLN’s distribution network including SMART grid, distributed renewable energy resources connected to PLN’s system, customer rooftop solar PV, electric vehicles and other emerging developments.

USAID ICED II and MEMR DJK held an online discussion on power system modernization and smart grid technologies on June 11, 2020. The discussion used a video conference platform and a total of 87 participants joined the discussion. The main speaker was Dede Subakti from CAISO in the U.S.

USAID encourages Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources to adopt modern power system

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources’ Directorate General of Electricity and USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) held online virtual workshop on June 11, 2020, on Knowledge Sharing for Power System Modernization and Smart Grid Technologies and Programs.

The workshop aims to provide knowledge and insight to support the transition toward a more modern power system, in line with the Directorate General’s assignment and the Ministry’s national strategic program to develop smart grid.

Electricity expert Dede Subakti, a member of Indonesian diaspora in the U.S. and Director of Operations Engineering Service at California Independent System Operator (CAISO), shared how CAISO followed a 10-year Smart Grid Roadmap and Infrastructure plan to successfully apply smart grid technologies incrementally. Delivered through video call, Dede’s insight is expected to assist the Ministry in carrying out the transition.

A total of 87 people from the Energy Ministry and State Electricity Company PLN and its subsidiaries attended the workshop. The participants said they were quite confident to move forward to California’s direction as Indonesia already has a smart grid road map.

USAID ICED II and PLN Corporate University is holding a training of trainers virtual training on evaluating feasibility study of waste-to-energy power projects on June 2-4, 2020. A total of 58 participants from various PLN offices participated in the virtual training.

PLN hosts on-line training of trainers for waste-to-energy power plant project appraisal

On June 2-4, 2020, PLN Corporate University hosted an on-line training of trainers (ToT) on evaluating proposed waste-to-energy power projects. USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) organized the training for 58 PLN staff from various regional offices.

The training provided useful reference documents and hands-on tools to use when reviewing and evaluating waste-to-energy projects’ feasibility study. In addition, the training is part of ICED II and PLN join effort to transfer knowledge as PLN trainers co-delivered the sessions.

USAID ICED II developed guidelines designed to assist staff of PLN in reviewing feasibility studies of various renewable energy power project types as proposed by independent power producers. To roll out the guidelines and to promote adoption of the guidelines by PLN staff, USAID ICED II and PLN Corporate University are holding a series of ToT workshops. The first training in the series was held on February 24-25, 2020 with a focus on evaluating bioenergy power projects, while the second training series was held on April 21-23 on hydro power projects. The ToT continued to the third series on May 18-20, 2020 on biogas power projects.

USAID ICED II and PLN Corporate University is holding a training of trainers virtual training on evaluating feasibility study of biogas power projects on May 18-20, 2020. A total of 16 participants from various PLN offices participated in the virtual training.

PLN hosts on-line training of trainers for biogas power plant project appraisal

On May 18-20, 2020, PLN Corporate University hosted an on-line training of trainers (ToT) on evaluating proposed biogas power projects. USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) organized the training for 16 PLN staff from various regional offices.

The training provided useful reference documents and hands-on tools to use when reviewing and evaluating the feasibility study on biogas projects. In addition, the training is part of the ICED II and PLN join effort to transfer knowledge, so PLN trainers co-delivered the sessions.

USAID ICED II developed guidelines designed to assist PLN staff in reviewing feasibility studies of various renewable energy power project types proposed by independent power producers. To roll out the guidelines and to promote adoption of the guidelines by PLN staff, USAID ICED II and PLN Corporate University are holding a series of ToT workshops. The first training in the series was held on February 24-25, 2020 with a focus on evaluating bioenergy power projects, while the second training, with a focus on hydropower projects, was held on April 21-23, 2020..

PLN hosts on-line training of trainers for hydropower plant project appraisal

State-owned electricity company PLN’s Corporate University hosted an online training of trainers (ToT) on April 21-23, 2020 in Jakarta, to evaluate proposed hydropower power projects. Organized by USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) project, the virtual training was attended by 19 participants from various PLN offices.

The training provided useful reference documents and hands-on tools to review and evaluate hydropower projects’ feasibility study. The training also ensured transfer of knowledge from ICED II and PLN, as PLN trainers co-delivered the sessions.

USAID ICED II has developed guidelines to assist PLN staff in reviewing feasibility studies of various renewable energy power projects, as proposed by independent power producers. To roll out and promote the adoption of the guidelines by PLN staff, USAID ICED II and PLN Corporate University are holding a series of ToT workshops. The first one was held on February 24-25, 2020, which focused on evaluating bioenergy power projects.

USAID ICED II begins work on for financing handbook of solar PV projects for the Financial Services Authority (OJK)

The Indonesian Financial Services Authority (OJK) requested USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) project to create financing handbook for solar PV projects to be used by banks and non-bank financial institutions. As ICED II project will end in September 2020, the handbook material will be handed to OJK. OJK will then handle consultation meetings and follow-up activities, including the approval process from the Commissioner Board of OJK, to finalize handbook publication.

USAID ICED II will present financing mechanisms in the solar PV handbook, as well as alternative business models allowed under current laws and regulations. In preparing the handbook, USAID ICED II has engaged UMBRA Strategic Legal Consulting and LPEM FEB UI, the University of Indonesia’s School of Economics and Business think tank.

During the online kick-off meeting held by USAID ICED II, it was agreed that UMBRA will provide analysis on existing/available financing structures for solar PV projects in Indonesia, both for on-grid and off-grid power plants developed by private sector. The analysis will cover financing structure in capital markets such as bond, initial public offering (IPO), and mutual funds.

LPEM FEB UI, meanwhile, will conduct in-depth structured interviews with banks and solar PV project developers. UMBRA will share slides of graphics on available financing structure, while LPEM FEB UI finalizes the questionnaire for interviews.

The next virtual meeting is scheduled in two weeks. In between, LPEM FEB UI and UMBRA will have a virtual meeting to discuss progress of both parties regarding solar PV project.

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources develops greenhouse gas mitigation guidelines for power sector

USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) project is assisting the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) to develop guidelines for greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation in power sector. ICED II is working with Directorate General of Electricity and Directorate General of New, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation of the Ministry, as well as with the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Market Transformation through Design and Implementation of Appropriate Mitigation Actions in Energy Sector (MTRE3).

Initially, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry requested all technical ministries to submit their GHG mitigation methodologies by late April 2020. However, the deadline was extended indefinitely due to COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the Directorate General of Electricity is committed to making progress on the guidelines and methodologies amid the pandemic situation that forces people to work from home.

On April 9, 2020, USAID ICED II hosted a virtual meeting with 20 people from the Directorate Generals and UNDP MTRE3 to discuss the draft guidelines developed by USAID ICED II and UNDP MTRE3, particularly on the GHG mitigation classification. It was not decided which GHG mitigation classification to use as the Environment Ministry issued two of them, one according to nationally determined contributions (NDC), and the other on measurement, reporting, verification (MRV).

The team agreed to meet every week to discuss the proposed methodologies. Four out of 16 methodologies have currently been reviewed and approved by the MEMR’s Directorate Generals. Regular virtual meetings are expected to help accelerate the review, pending ICED II closure later this year.

A Study on viable business scheme for battery-based electric vehicle (BEV)

In a bid to improve energy efficiency in transportation sector and to reduce greenhouse gas emission, USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) project held a workshop on viable battery-based electric vehicle (BEV) business based on Presidential Regulation No. 55/2019 on the Acceleration of BEV Program for Road Transportation.

USAID ICED II has collaborated with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources’ Directorate General of Electricity and Directorate of Electricity Business Development to study the business scheme. The workshop on March 12, 2020 in Jakarta was attended by 80 participants from the Energy Ministry and state-owned electricity company PLN, as well as from transportation companies TransJakarta, Blue Bird, Gojek and Grab.

The Directorate General of Electricity said they looked forward to using feedbacks from related stakeholders in drafting the Ministry’s regulation on BEV. Wanhar, the Director of Electricity Engineering and Environment, was appreciative of USAID ICED II’s supports in facilitating the workshop.

Based on this workshop discussion, USAID 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) project held a seminar to introduce 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.

The seminar was participated by 80 people from government institution, State Electricity Company (PLN), developers, consultants and contractors. They discussed the practical application of using drone for topography mapping at three 5 MW hydropower projects in South Sulawesi, West Java and North Sumatra, as opposed to the conventional method. The participants also reviewed camera technologies such as red green blue camera and light detection and ranging (LIDAR).

Senda Hurmuzan Kanam, Head of Sub-Directorate of Electricity Cooperation at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources’ Directorate General of Electricity, stated on the closing ceremony that the seminar brought valuable information about technology that could help the government increase the use of renewable energy especially hydropower.