Jokowi Introduces 2 New Hydroelectric Power Plants in Sulawesi
25 February 2022 14:23 WIB
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, inaugurated two hydroelectric power plants (PLTA) in Poso, Central Sulawesi, and Toraja, South Sulawesi with a combined energy capacity of 605 megawatts.
The power plant in Poso constructed by Poso Energy has a capacity of 515 megawatts while another one in Toraja built by Malea Energy has a capacity of 90 megawatts.
“I am elated this morning as we are inaugurating PLTA which uses green energy or EBT (green, renewable energy),” said the President in his acceptance speech on February 25.
He said that the construction of the pair of power plants is an answer to the global pressure to develop green energy sources and slowly replace the use of fossil fuel-powered plants. Indonesia aims to reduce 23 percent emissions by 2025 and 29 percent by the year 2030, which will lead to the grand goal of producing 0 emissions by 2060.
Jokowi believes Indonesia has 418 gigawatt potential in green energy sourced from solar power, wind, up to ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC). The challenge the country faces, he added, is how to replace coal-based power plants.
"It is not an easy job to change from coal to green energy,” said President Jokowi.
M JULNIS FIRMANSYAH