USAID-Supported Workshop on Interconnection Guidelines Helps Project Developers Understand the Importance of Distribution Grid Studies

15 November 2019

USAID through Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) held a workshop on new guidelines for interconnection of renewable energy generation plant to distribution network of State Electricity Company (PLN) on November 8, 2019 in Jakarta. The workshop was part of the annual conference and exhibition on new, renewable energy, and energy conservation, EBTKE ConEx 2019.  Cosponsored by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) and the Indonesia Renewable Energy Society (METI), the workshop provided information on PLN’s updated directive on connecting renewable energy generating plants to the electricity distribution system (Decision of the Board of Directors No. 64.P/DIR/2019). A total of 153 participants from project developers, financial institution, energy associations, MEMR, PLN, universities, and consultants participated in the full-day workshop. The forum discussed challenges in interconnection for renewable energy generation plants, procedures for project developers applying for renewable energy interconnection to PLN distribution network; as well as technical, non-technical and financial requirements for renewable energy projects. Through the workshop, the participants gained a better understanding of interconnection-related issues and requirements of small scale (less than 10 megawatts or MW), grid-connected renewable energy power plants.