USAID helps Indonesia’s State Electricity Company develop guidelines to improve distribution network

11 June 2020

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.