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Indonesia renewables capacity remains untapped

January 24, 2021

South China Morning Post:

Denia Esitianti has long suffered from climate anxiety – the mix of depression and affliction arising from confronting the facts that the globe is heading towards a climate catastrophe. The feelings grew stronger after she became a parent.

“What’s going to happen to my kids?”, the 34-year-old mother of two asked.

She and her family live in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, one of the most polluted cities in the world. Parts of the city are expected to be submerged by 2050 as a result of rising sea levels and excessive extraction of groundwater. 

Elrika Hamdi, an energy finance analyst at the US-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said that for an archipelagic country that cannot easily trade electricity with neighbouring countries, using a distributed power generation system, where electrical generation occurs through a wide variety of small grid-connected devices, would be better than building huge fossil fuel-fired plants. 

[Pei-hua Yu and Ika Krismantari]

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