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Indonesia Energy Transition Dialogue 2019 – Deepening the Understanding of the Energy Transition

Institute for Essential Services Forum (IESF) and Indonesia Clean Energy Forum (ICEF) conducted the 2nd Indonesia Energy Transition Dialogue (IETD), the forum addressed topic of deepening the understanding of energy transition by learning about global energy transition scenarios, technology trends, potential disruptions in the energy sector and policies to facilitate a just energy transition. The forum was part of a two-day event which including workshops that discussed the technicalities in implementing renewable energy in Indonesia. There were three representatives of RDI present namely Ichsan (Program Officer), Avila (Energy Policy Officer), and Andreas (Research Officer).

There were 3 plenary sessions on the first day and 2 in-depth workshops on the second day. In general, the entire session focused on energy transition both globally and nationally. The panellists came from various groups such as the official representation of foreign countries, government, private sectors, international organisations, and academicians. The forum began with an opening topic titled “The Missing Piece of The Puzzle” followed up with a brief lesson-learned presentation from several European countries such as Denmark and the United Kingdom. Prahoro Yulijanto Nurtjahyo as an expert staff in the field of investment and infrastructure development of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources state that energy transition needed supportive governance and policies because energy transition is the forthcoming trend in energy development thus countries must have a prerequisite supporting policies. As for the case is Indonesia the existence of renewable energy in Indonesia is very abundant and have not been managed maximally, therefore a better collaboration between public and private sector is needed. Though there is one problem that has been struck private sectors, the renewable energy prices are still higher than fossils energy meaning that less incentive for the private sector to invest in renewable energy. Lesson learned from the forum is Indonesia governments policymaker needs to present itself with more consistent, long-term and clear regulation. Lastly, the forum was concluded with in-depth workshops of two different topics. Workshop A focuses on the energy system of the future and energy policies in a time of transition, while workshop B focuses on green finance in Indonesia and the use of blockchain in the era of energy digitalization.

The event is expected to provide a better and deeper understanding of the transition of energy consumption to renewable energy and it has been successful in doing so. Additionally, it also provide a recommendation for the decision making the process for the government in regard to the energy transition. Thus this article concludes that the preparation of energy transition needs to be done from now on to ensure energy security in Indonesia in the future.