PT. PLN (Persero) is expected to give full support of Biomass Power Plant (PLTBM) development. One of the supports that can be given is by accelerating the power purchase negotiation process with the developer. “I heard from several private companies (at EBTKE Conex event), they are complaining about the PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) with PLN that requires a long process,” said Bioenergy Director of The Directorate-General of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (EBTKE) from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM), Tisnaldi, during the discussion in Jakarta, on Sunday (23/8/2015).
Tisnaldi stated that biomass is potentially predicted to reach 32 gigawatt (GW) with palm oil as the biggest source. Meanwhile, the palm oil wastewater potentially reaches 12.6 GW. According to Tisnaldi, this big potency needs to be developed to reach the target of energy mix in national energy policy 2025. The New and Renewable Energy (EBT) portion in 2025 is targeted to reach 23% from total energy mix. 40% from the EBT portion is targeted to fulfil the electricity demand.
On the same occasion, Business Development Manager of PT. Sumberdaya Sewatama, Stefanus Johan said that the private companies need to do something rather than just wait to develop PLTBM. “Cooperation with PLN is really needed because they have a better knowledge regarding the electrical network,” said Stefan. Stefan hopes that there will be an information regarding the electric power transmission owned by PLN. Therefore, the private companies can select and develop PLTBM at the right location to be able to connect the electricity to consumers. “PLN involvement is really required because if IPP (Independent Power Producer) wants to sell electricity to the end user, special permit will be required from ESDM and PLN,” explained Stefan.