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Pamela Simamora


Research Fellow


Renewable Energy & Emission Reduction (REER)



Pamela Simamora works as a Renewable Energy/Energy System Specialist for Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR). In her present position as a researcher, she has produced a number of research papers, policy briefs, and reports related to the energy transition issues in Indonesia. She is a trained engineer who has more than five years of professional experience in the energy sector. She has expertise in energy transition and renewable energy technology and policy.

Research Interest

  • Energy transition
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy policy
  • Climate finance
  • Education
    Year Experience

    Master of Engineering in Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.


    Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia.

    Working Experiences
      • 2017 Missouri Energy Initiative, Jefferson City, Missouri, USA
        • Public Policy Associate
        • Performing research on State Energy Plans (SEPs); gathering data and measuring regulatory performance in terms of GDP, electricity prices, natural gas prices, employment & business establishments in states that have and do not have an SEP (quantitative metrics)
        • Evaluating the implementation of SEPs; analyzing the quantitative metrics and interpreting outliers
        • Conducting research on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) and utility infrastructure
        • Assisting in the preparation of materials to communicate policy issues to organizational partners, energy stakeholders, decision makers, elected officials, educators, and general public

      • 2016 Enerproco, Houston, Texas, USA
        • Engineer
        • Performing research on State Energy Plans (SEPs); gathering data and measuring regulatory performance in terms of GDP, electricity prices, Reviewed and commented on project documents
        • Produced technical bid evaluation
        • Supported equipment cost analysis

      • 2013 – 2015 Saipem, Jakarta, Indonesia
        • Instrumentation Engineer
        • Collaborated with global teams from Italy, France, Japan, Korea, and Indonesia to design, procure, construct, and commission Floating Production Unit (FPU) and Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG)
        • Produced technical specifications, instrument indexes, and datasheets. Ensured their compliance with project requirements, company standards, and international standards (NFPA, DNV, IEC, API, ASME, ISO)
        • Managed material requisition and purchase request with total expenditure more than USD 1.1 million
        • Optimized and redesigned instrument interconnection system on the FPU to reduce system cost by 10%
        • Directed technical bid evaluation; appraised vendor quotations; conducted meetings with vendors; led clients, vendors, and subcontractors communications
        • Reviewed and commented on general architecture drawings to ensure the delivery of high-quality installation drawings used by the construction team
        • Guided designers in the development of junction box drawing, loop diagram, and hook-up drawings
        • Analyzed and commented on interdepartmental design documents. Discovered an unsafe design, advocated safer design, and prevented catastrophic failure in the process plant


    • Simamora, P. (2019). Policy brief: Kebijakan Kelistrikan di Indonesia
    • Simamora,P., Mursanti, E., Giwangkara, J., Arinaldo, D., Tampubolon, A.P., & Adiatma, J.C. (2018). Igniting a Rapid Deployment of Renewable Energy in Indonesia: Lessons Learned from Three Countries
    • Tampubolon, A. P., Arinaldo, D., Mursanti, E., Citraningrum, H. M., Giwangkara, J., Simamora, P., Pescia, D., Pujantoro, M., & Godron, P. (2018). Energy Transition in a Nutshell: 8 Q&A on German Energy Transition and its Relevance for Indonesia
    • Simamora, P., & Arinaldo, D. (2018). Policy brief: Akselerasi Pemanfaatan Energi Terbarukan di Indonesia: Pembelajaran dari Tiga Negara
    • Arinaldo, D., Adiatma, J.C., & Simamora, P. (2018). Indonesia Clean Energy Outlook: Reviewing 2018, Outlooking 2019.
      • People and Climate Change: Vulnerability, Adaptation, Social Justice Symposium, St. Louis – Attendee
      • Project Downtown, Volunteer, St. Louis – Prepared food for the homeless in St. Louis
      • Garuda Bisa, Student Ambassador, St. Louis – Connected Indonesian students in the U.S.
      • Sahabat Anak, Teacher/Volunteer, Jakarta, Indonesia - Provided teaching and capacity building to street
      • children coming from underprivileged families