President Widodo Signed Waste-To-Electricity Presidential Regulation

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Jakarta (Greeners) – President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo on Thursday (12/4) signed a regulation to accelerate waste management installation to energy using environmentally friendly technology which aims to reduce waste volume and improve people’s welfare.

“Application of waste management is to achieve added value of turning waste into electricity,” as quoted under Article 2, Clause 3, Presidential Regulation No. 35 Year 2018.

Based on the regulation, the installation, locally known as PLTSa, will be the domain of regional administrations of DKI Jakarta, Tangerang, South Tangerang, Bekasi, Bandung, Semarang, Surakarta, Surabaya, Makassar, Denpasar, Palembang and Manado.

“Those cities are struggling with waste issues,” said Andriah Feby Misna, Director of Bioenergy, Directorate General Renewable New Energy and Energy Conservation, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, on Saturday (21/4).

Furthermore, Misna said that despite regional administration is responsible for waste management development, it should also requires the cooperation of district or city administrations within the region. “The cooperation can be conducted under an agreement as long as Waste Management is using provincial asset,” she said. “The authority to develop waste management is entirely up to regional’s. To accelerate PLTSa, based on the regulation, governor or mayor can assign Regional Owned Enterprise or through Business tenders.”

In addition, waste managers and developers are stipulated to meet permit environmental and electrical requirements in accordance to the regulation.

Electricity Can Be Sold To State Electricity Company (PLN)

After assigning or determining the managers and developers, governors or mayors propose to Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources to provide instruction to buy electricity from PLTSa by State Electricity Company (PLN).

“It is not about the environment but also producing electricity to be sold to PLN,” said Misna.

The pricing from PLN is also set under the regulation with requirements 13.35 cent/kWh up to 20 MW connected to high voltage, mid voltage, and low voltage or more than 20 MW connected to high voltage or mid voltage will be 14.54 – (0,076 times the capacity sold to PLN).

“The purchase price by PLN has also included cost of network connection from PLTSa to the company’s electrical power,” as stated in the regulation.

On financing, the regulation stated that it will be funded from regional budget and can be supported by state budget and/or other legal sources in accordance with regulations.

The presidential regulation takes effect after signing on April 16, 2018.

Reports by Dewi Purningsih