Monday, November 2, 2015

Indonesia: Government De-Regulation Urges Fast Geothermal Development

Energy Ministry Denies Plan to Increase Geothermal Tariff (

The Indonesia Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry denied a plan to increase the electricity price above the economic price. The Ministry claimed that the economic deregulation policy package was launched as an adjustment with the geothermal investment economic value in a bid to improve the country’s investment climate.

“If [the electricity price] was above the economic price, the state electricity company (PLN) would suffer losses. We want to find a win-win solution,” Yunus Saefulhak, the director for geothermal at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry said on Friday, October 30, 2015.

The adjustment with the economic price is implicitly stated in the government regulation draft on geothermal utilization. The regulation was claimed as a solution to break a negotiation deadlock related to prices between geothermal power plant operators and the PLN.

However, to gain such a tariff, investors must immediately start geothermal working area development as soon as the preliminary study and exploration are completed. Therefore, investors must immediately find geothermal reserves ready to be exploited.

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