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Indonesia – Renewable Energy Sources Are needed To Maintain Economic Growth

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To Maintain Economic Growth, The Government Needs to Develop New and Renewable Energy





Jakarta, – The Former Chairman of Indonesia Renewable Energy Society (Masyarakat Energi Terbarukan Indonesia/METI) and current Indonesian Minister of Trade, Racmat Gobel, asserted that the government will focus on developing New and Renewable Energy (Energi Baru Terbarukan/EBT).

The development of new and renewable energy is part of the plan to develop 35 MW of electrical energy by 2019 in order to increase people’s welfare, maintain self-reliance, and maintain national economic growth.

This assertion was made by Rachmat Gobel during the handover of the position as Chairman of METI of the Period of 2015-2018 to Suryadharma in Jakarta on Monday (6/7). Rachmat Gobel led Meti as the Chairman for the 2012-2015 period.

This Minister of the Working Cabinet stated that the Joko Widodo Administration would focus on five sectors in the National Medium Term Development Plan (Rencana Pembangunan Jangka Menengah Nasional/RPJMN) to create self-reliance and people’s prosperity namely, agriculture, maritime affairs and fisheries, energy, industry, and tourism. In the energy sector, the development of new and renewable energy will be intensified.

“The president is committed to increasing the development of new and renewable energy, as an important part of achieving the 35 thousand MW electrical energy development and as an effort to reduce the use of fossil fuels down to 20%,” asserted Rachmat.

The government will refer to the national energy policy. According to Presidential Regulation Number 5 Year 2006 on National Energy Policy, it is stated that the national energy policy includes the establishment of an optimal (primary) energy mix by 2025, namely the role of respective types of energy on national energy consumption.

The government will massively reduce the use of fossil fuels.

The use of oil is projected to decrease down to 20%, while gas energy will be increased to 30%. The government will also optimize the use of coal energy up to more than 33%.

Meanwhile, new and renewable energy from biofuel will be increased to more than 5%; geothermal energy to more than 5%; other new and renewable energy, particularly biomass, water, solar, and wind energy will be increased to more than 5%; while liquefied coal will be increased to more than 2%.

“Renewable energy must be fought for more seriously because sooner or later we are going to run out of fossil fuels. The development of this new energy will power industries and increase the competitiveness of domestic products in the global market,” he said.

Rachmat hopes that in the future, the implementation of renewable energy can be even more productive, efficient, and inadvertently grow new eco-conscious entrepreneurs.

“The development of renewable energy would automatically have an impact on the increase of people’s welfare, support of regional development, and strengthening of national security,” explained Rachmat Gobel. As an entrepreneurs at the time, Rachmat Gobel from Gobel Dharma Nusantara was chosen as the Chairman of Indonesia Renewable Energy Society for the period of 2012-2015 replacing Hilmi Panigoro (Medco).


[Photo Credits:”Caldera Mt Tambora Sumbawa Indonesia” by Jialiang Gao ( – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –]



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