Author Archive: Elrika Hamdi

Energy Finance Analyst Elrika Hamdi has worked on South East Asian renewable energy, rural electrification, and energy efficiency market developments on projects funded by USAID, AFD, GIZ and UNEP. Prior to that, she was a business advisory consultant in Singapore.

IEEFA: Indonesia’s excess coal power capacity and PLN’s debt burden are blocking their decarbonization pathway

Financial giants Japan and China can play a critical role in Indonesia’s green energy transition

18 November (IEEFA Indonesia): Japanese and Chinese investors combined have a 41% ownership interest in Indonesia’s coal independent power producer projects. According to the latest report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), financial giants Japan and China are responsible for Indonesia’s excessive coal power expansion over the past 15 years, but […]

IEEFA: Indonesia’s state-owned utility PLN’s 2060 net zero ambition not without flaws and gaps

Indonesia on the right emissions reduction pathway but same old coal stories persist

25 June (IEEFA Indonesia):  Recent announcements by Indonesia’s state-owned utility company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 must be met with caution and scrutinized as the numbers don’t stack up, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report’s authors IEEFA energy finance […]

IEEFA: Nuclear power euphoria in Indonesia is all smoke and mirrors with no current technical, financial or market viability

Renewables should be the focus of Indonesia’s net-zero pledge

2 June 2021 (IEEFA Indonesia):  In growing energy markets like Indonesia, decision makers are facing a barrage of pro-nuclear media coverage as the nuclear industry floods the market with panels and webinars focused on the potential of nuclear power. A new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) highlights that while […]

IEEFA Indonesia: Lessons from Texas on extreme weather and power grid resilience

Extreme weather risks are likely here to stay and planning ahead is necessary for Indonesia

In mid-February, a catastrophic power outage in Texas left more than four million households stranded for days without electricity amidst freezing weather. More than 46,000 megawatts (MW) of power capacity went offline under the extreme cold weather event, putting pressure on the power grid system and resulting in broad-based failure. Gas supplies – which provide […]

IEEFA: Neglecting renewables could cost Indonesia’s energy edge, independence

Government is creating domestic market for energy products that other countries are moving away from

Undergoing an energy transition is now inevitable for every country. Even amid the pandemic, the International Energy Agency (IEA) found that installed renewable energy had grown exponentially to reach to almost 200 gigawatts (GW) globally, with or without government support. In some markets, the energy transition accelerated at a pace that no one could have […]

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IEEFA report: In a deepening debt hole of $34 billion, Indonesia’s PLN must stop digging

The utility has added IDR100 trillion in debt annually for the last five years

September 3, 2020 (IEEFA) — Utilities globally started changing the way they do business years ago, but Indonesia’s PLN power company stands out as a laggard, focused on a confused menu of piecemeal generation options rather than holistic planning that provides system-level solutions, finds a new report from IEEFA, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial […]

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IEEFA report: Volts from the blue – floating solar to generate 900% more electricity across Asia-Pacific

From below 1MW before 2019, ASEAN nations now have over 51MW installed and 858MW planned

July 1, 2020 (IEEFA) – Asia leads Europe in deploying floating solar, also known as floating photovoltaic (FPV), a new IEEFA report finds. Energy finance analysts Sara Jane Ahmed and Elrika Hamdi note that power demand in the Philippines and Malaysia has dropped by as much as 16% during the COVID-19 lockdown, causing extreme stress […]

IEEFA Indonesia: Racing towards 23% renewable energy

Feed-in-tariffs continue, but policies supporting competition are key to boosting renewables transition

February 28, 2020 (IEEFA) – Indonesia’s electricity system might soon see a glimmer of hope after going more than three years without significant growth in renewable energy investment, a new IEEFA report finds. Arifin Tasrif, the newly appointed Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, announced in late January that the government would replace 2,246 old […]

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IEEFA Indonesia: The case for power system transformation

Holistic reform of electricity sector will improve investment outcomes and reduce risk of further blackouts

November 13, 2019 (IEEFA Indonesia): The systems and processes that govern the Indonesian electricity sector are in need of urgent review to increase cost-effective investment options and avoid stranded asset risk finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).  Entitled The Case for System Transformation in Indonesia: Time for […]

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IEEFA Indonesia: 2019 energy plan falls short

State utility electricity strategy makes little practical provision for renewables

The much-anticipated Indonesian Electricity Supply Business Plan 2019 (RUPTL) was released last week—surprising the market both with its early delivery and façade of support for more renewables. At a press conference, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) Ignasius Jonan framed a greener narrative for the new RUPTL, positioning it as an electricity plan that […]