USAID ICED II rolls out trainings to review bioenergy power project feasibility study

23 April 2019

USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) has developed guidelines to assist Indonesia’s state-owned electricity company PLN in reviewing 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. The third batch of the training took place in Batam, Riau Islands, on April 24-26, 2019 and focused on waste-to-energy technology, which burns municipal solid waste to generate electricity from the steam produced in the direct combustion process. This technology is gaining traction following a presidential regulation on the acceleration of waste-to-energy facilities development in 12 cities across the country. A total of 26 staff of PLN regional offices took part in the training that concluded with a site visit to Keppel Segher Tuas Waste-to-Energy Plant in Singapore, which is deemed among the best of such facility in Southeast Asia. A PLN official stated that the company has implemented ICED II’s guidelines in assessing two waste-to-energy facilities that are currently in development phase. Retno Setianingsih, USAID Senior Energy Program Specialist, was on hand to convey USAID’s support to improving the capacity of PLN in renewable energy technologies.