The Government Is Preparing the Electricity Export Ban Regulations


The Minister of Investment or the Head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Bahlil Lahadalia stated that the government is preparing a regulation that prohibits the electricity export. According to him, the regulation has received the green light from President Jokowi.

If this regulation has been issued, said Minister Bahlil, it will be re-evaluated. “As far as I know, no, there is no permit to export abroad yet,” said Bahlil.

Strictly speaking, Minister Bahlil stated that his party prohibited the export of new and renewable energy electricity abroad. He said that his party had already held discussions with these green energy investors.

Bahlil Lahadalia stated that currently, his party is preparing regulations regarding the export of green electricity or New and Renewable Energy (EBT) abroad.

“We will soon make regulations related to the ban on electricity exports. It has been decided by the President (Joko Widodo),” Minister Bahlil said in a Press Briefing at the 2022 WEF Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland.

He said that in the future Indonesia will become an industrial country based on new and renewable energy.

“Therefore, Indonesia is consistent in stopping electricity exports to other countries. In particular, renewable energy, we stop. The reason is that we have to fulfill domestic interests first,” said Bahlil.

What is clear is that the stoppage of exports does not mean stopping the development of domestic renewable energy investment. Any country can continue to invest in Indonesia in terms of building renewable energy plants.

“Please invest, because in 2025 we are pursuing a target of 23% EBT mix and we are also committed to 2050-2060 for net-zero emissions. So please, investors who want to build in Indonesia, please,” he said.

Cooperation with Singapore
On the previous occasion, Friday (21/01/2022), Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Arifin Tasrif and Singapore’s Second Minister of Trade and Industry Tan See Leng signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of energy cooperation.

The signing of the MoU on Energy Cooperation was one of the points made at the Leaders’ Retreat meeting between Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, in Bintan.

Arifin said that the MoU for cooperation in the energy sector will cover several areas, including the development of new and renewable energy (EBT) such as Solar Power Plants (PLTS) and hydrogen, cross-border electricity interconnection and regional electricity networks, energy trade, energy project financing. , and capacity building of Human Resources (HR).

In addition, the MoU also regulates the implementation of the Energy Working Group (Working Group on Energy) which will become a regular forum to establish, monitor, and evaluate energy cooperation between the two countries.

On the occasion, Arifin also conveyed the urgency of developing NRE between the two countries to support the development of Green Data Centers and Renewable Energy Based Industry (REBID). The development of EBT will also contribute to the energy transition efforts and commitments to reduce carbon emissions of the two countries.

Arifin said that Indonesia’s position as the G20 Presidency is expected to provide an opportunity for Singapore to participate in contributing to realizing the goals of the energy transition.