USAID Senior Energy Advisor visits energy project in Indonesia

1 January 2020

USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) hosted the visit of Jayne Somers, Senior Energy Advisor from Asia Bureau, USAID Washington to Indonesia from October 28-November 1, 2019. During her visit, Jayne Somers learned about USAID support to strengthen the foundations for a low-carbon energy system and in contributing to Indonesia’s targets for increasing access to clean energy. Somers met with Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Directorate General of Electricity, State Electricity Company (PLN) Regional Office and transmission operator for Sulawesi and provincial and municipal government officials. Spending a couple of days in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Somers visited the 72 Megawatt (MW) Tolo Wind Power Plant in Jeneponto, South Sulawesi. USAID ICED II assisted the impact study of the 72 MW Tolo Wind Power Plant prior to signing the power purchase agreement. She also met with officials from Makassar municipality streetlight department to learn how they have capitalized on the USAID ICED I energy-efficient streetlight demonstration project and how have replaced the lamps in over 75% of the city’s total streetlights.  Finally, she attended the Sulawesi Province’s workshop that presented the USAID ICED II-assisted regional energy plan, including electricity access.