Govt Committed to Increasing Rural Electrification Ratio

    Wahyu Dwi Anggoro - 03 April 2020 18:46 WIB
    Govt Committed to Increasing Rural Electrification Ratio
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    Jakarta: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has instructed his subordinates to increase the electrification ratio in the country.

    According to the president, the electrification ratio until 2020 has reached 99.48 percent. However, Indonesia's access to electricity ranking is still behind other Asian countries, including Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines. In addition, there are still 433 villages that have no access to electricity.

    "Although this number is small compared to the number of villages in the country, 75 thousand, but no matter what, we have to solve this," President Jokowi said here on Friday, March 3, 2020.

    These 433 un-electrified villages spread over 4 provinces, 325 villages in Papua Province,  102 villages in West Papua Province, 5 villages in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province, and one village in Maluku Province

    "For 433 villages that have not been electrified, I ask for clear identification on which villages are adjacent to villages that have electricity, which villages have far distance between each resident and which are close," he stated. 

    "So that we can determine the right technological approach strategy, whether by extension of the electricity network or by building mini-grids such as the micro-hydro, diesel power plant (PLTD), or distribution of electric tubes equipped with electric energy charging stations," he added.

    Secondly, his economic team was also instructed  to prepare the needed budget, regulations, and investment policies needed to support the village electrification program. 

    "Then, the third, I ask that not only villages with electricity but also increase access for citizens, especially the underprivileged to get electricity," he remarked.

    "Finally, I ask that the electrification program for the villages, these electrified villages really provide added value in increasing economic productivity in the village," he concluded.



    (WAH)

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