PLN to build 32 GW of renewable capacity

Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), Indonesia’s state-owned utility, is looking to add 32 GW of renewable energy capacity and invest in a transmission system that can connect to renewable energy projects. Reportedly, this move is part of the company’s plan to decrease its dependency on coal and accelerate the adoption of renewables to generate the country’s power output. As per the current 2021–30 plan, it intends to get its renewables capacity to 21 GW, which is nearly 51 per cent of its total new additional power generation capacity for the period. Moreover, 75 per cent of additional generation capacity of the company will be based on renewables, and 25 per cent will be gas-based. PLN has also proposed to refresh its grid to add the capability of connecting more renewables to it. It is anticipated to escalate the variable power load coming from renewables to 28 GW from the present 5 GW.

In March 2022, Perusahaan Listrik Negara seeked strategic partnership to develop geothermal capacity in Indonesia. The company was looking for a project sponsor to develop PLN geothermal power plants. Interested companies were either to be Indonesia-based or be based in a country that has diplomatic relations with Indonesia. The deadline for registering and submitting DPT Partner Geothermal Power Plant qualifying documents for Phase 1 procurement was April 4, 2022.