Introductory Remark; Indonesia Wind Energy Forum 2015

Nov 23, 2015

Introductory Remark

by Christophe Bahuet, UNDP Indonesia Country Director

Indonesia Wind Energy Forum 2015, 17th November 2015

Ballroom Pullman Hotel, Jakarta

  09.10 – 09.15

“Indonesia Wind Energy Forum” was initiated together with wind power developers and turbine manufacturers in order to promote and accelerate the wind industry market development in Indonesia. This is an annual event where all relevant stakeholders from policy maker, developers, wind turbine producers, financing institutions, legal firms, and energy expertise, meet and discuss about the wind energy update and development. The 1st Forum has been successfully conducted on the 4th Dec 2014. The event was attended by more than 100 participants. It is expected to become the major annual platform for the wind power industry to discuss topics and issues of the day and is featured with various keynote speeches from the related Government institutions, developers, financiers, technology providers and others.

 

Salutation

·         Honorable Chairman of Agency for Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), Bapak Unggul Piyanto;

·         Ambassador of United States of America; His Excellency Robert Blake;

·         Director General of Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR), Bapak Rida Mulyana; and distinguished ladies and gentlemen.

Good morning!

I am glad to be here today on behalf of UNDP at the second Indonesia Wind Energy Forum.

As we know, Indonesia has made a strong commitment to renewable energy with the ambitious target in National Energy Policy to have 23% renewable energy share in national primary energy mix by 2025, from about 5% now. Indonesia has also submitted to UNFCCC its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions or INDC, currently aiming to reduce 29% from its greenhouse gases emission trajectory in 2030.

This Forum is another expression of this commitment and an opportunity to identify how wind energy specifically can contribute to meeting the 23 per cent target.

It is taking place a few weeks after leaders of the words adopted in the United Nations in New York a new global development agenda. This agenda includes 17 goals called the Sustainable Development Goals, one of which –goal 7- is “affordable and clean energy”. However this goal and energy more broadly should not be seen as a stand-alone objective, either at the global or country levels. Developing renewable energy is not just about attaining clean energy. Rather, it’s about eliminating extreme poverty; it’s about improving the lives of hundreds of millions of people who as of now don’t have access to electricity.

 

Our Forum is also taking place a few day before world leaders including Indonesian President Joko Widodo attend the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, otherwise known as COP 21, which will have the crucial objective to adopt a new framework to keep global warming below what most scientists say is the critical threshold of 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial level for climate change. Clean energy will play a central role in this.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

UNDP is a close long-standing partner with BPPT and MEMR and we have been working together in removing technical barriers for development and implementation of renewable energy in Indonesia. One particular project that has played an important role and is implemented by BPPT is called WHyPGen.

WHyPGen aims to promote market development for wind power generation in Indonesia. In addition to recommending enabling policies for wind power such as Feed-in Tariff, the WHyPGen project has mapped out 23 wind power locations in Indonesia with potential capacity up to 1 Giga Watt. Out of those 23 potential locations, feasibility studies have been conducted in 10 locations. Under the project, we have developed investment guidelines for wind power to facilitate investment in the sector, and also assessed local manufacturers with potential capacity in wind power. Last but not least we have established financing mechanism with PT. Sarana Multi Infrastruktur to facilitate wind energy investment.

All those have been developed with the objective to stimulate wind energy market development in Indonesia, and can be used by government, private sector, financing institutions and others interested in wind power development.

Clean energy is central to the success of sustainable development. UNDP is keen to collaborate with all stakeholders to support Indonesia to achieve the national target for renewable energy and the global goals in clean affordable energy. 

I wish the Forum to be successful and to bring us closer to these objectives.

Thank you.

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