House member: Implementing 23 Percent of Renewable Energy in 2025 is Difficult to Achieve

Jakarta –Member of Commission VII of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia, Syaikhul Islam, is pessimistic about the achievement of the23 PercentOpenEnergyMix program targetby 2025.Following the slow process of drafting the Bill on New and Renewable Energy (RUU EBT).

“Regarding the 2025 target through the 23 percent energy mix program, it is likely that it will be difficult to achieve. But if you look at it this time it is likely that it will definitely not be achieved. Because the process of drafting the EBT Bill itself is still struggling at an early stage,” he said in a webinar on the Role of Parliament in Encouraging Energy Transition in Indonesia, Monday (21/12/2020).

Syaikhul said that currently the process of drafting the EBT Bill itself is still in its early stages, which is still an academic paper.”Because it still has to fulfill the serious input from academics, besides there is no acceleration plan,” he explained.

In fact, to the successof the renewable energytransformation program, supporting regulations are absolutely necessary.One of them is the speeding up of the drafting of the EBT Bill so that it is immediately passed by the parliament.

“Because with the passing of this bill, the matter of energy mix will be resolved soon. I think that is the key,” he explained.

Another challenge that is considered to hinder the government’s desire to accelerate the transformation process from fossil energy to other environmentally friendly energy in 2025 is related to financing.This is because state revenues are still sluggish due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Because it is impossible forthisrenewable energymix program to besuccessful without being supported by adequate funding. So if you reflect on it at this point it will be difficult to achieve it,” he concluded.

New Director General Target

Previously, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Arifin Tasrif officially appointed Dadan Kusdiana as Director General of New, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (Dirjen EBTKE) as of today, Friday (6/11).Dadan continues the baton of FX Sutijastoto, who has entered his retirement period.

“I hope you can help realize the EBT strategic program,” said Arifin in the Inauguration of Middle High Leaders (echelon 1) and one Primary High Leadership Officer (echelon 2) at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Friday (6/11).

Arifin hopes that the new Director General of EBTK will be able to answer the challenges in accelerating the process of economic recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic through a green economy.One of the steps that can be taken is by increasing the portion of the EBT mix in the national energy mix to 23 percent by 2025.

“Currently, the realization of the EBT mix is ​​still below 10 percent,” he said.