On January 18, 2018, the first U.S. – Indonesia Energy Day took place. The event was co-hosted by Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and the U.S. Power Working Group. The event celebrated partnerships that bring together American and Indonesian innovation and technology to deliver cost-effective, reliable, and sustainable energy to Indonesia.
USAID ICED II represented USAID Indonesia to present grid integration for renewable energy in a panel called “Renewable Energy Integration with PLN’s Transmission and Distribution System”. The presentation was well-received by the meeting participants.
Several of the USAID ICED II achievements were highlighted in Ambassador Joseph R. Donovan Jr.’s opening remarks, including: USAID ICED II assistance to PLN for integrating solar PV and wind power, its support in compiling rural electrification data for all 34 provinces and its high level results as of December 31, 2017. USAID ICED II has been supporting integration for variable power through a series of technical exchanges, studies, trainings, and assessments. It also assisted PLN in analyzing the impact of solar and wind power on its transmission and distribution system. This cooperation helped PLN proceed with signing power purchase agreements for two commercial, utility scale wind power projects totaling 140MW as well as 45MW in solar PV.
Through regional planning, USAID strengthens regional planning through its support for regional energy planning (RUED). USAID ICED II completed electrification data processing and GIS mapping for 34 provinces, which helps local governments to prioritize energy access for unserved and underserved villages, as well as to coordinate other infrastructure such as roads that will support economic development.
With financing, USAID mobilizes public and private sector financing through late-stage transaction support and advisory services. USAID ICED II contributed to the successful financing of a wide variety of renewable energy projects. Between May 2015 and December 2017, the total reached in excess of US$755 million from domestic and international sources.
The Energy Day is built around partnership of the U.S. Power Working Group for Indonesia, a collection of 55 U.S. companies and eight U.S. government agencies that focused on contributing to Indonesia’s energy development. Launched in September 2015, the U.S. Power Working Group celebrated nearly Rp80 million ($6 billion) in deal signings in addition to facilitating dialogues between U.S. industry and Indonesian policymakers on topics such as waste-to-energy and microgrids.