JAKARTA – As a developing country, Indonesia’s economic growth increase consistently. In the other hand, there are still 25% of Indonesian not yet getting energy access, especially electricity. Both conditions need higher energy supply, in which economic improvement must be balanced by adequate energy supply and also the better and wider energy distribution in overcoming the access problem of electricity. It was stated by the Vice Minister of EMR, Rudi Rubiandini in the night of National Energy Efficiency Award 2012, Thursday (20/12/2012).
“The high of energy consumption caused imbalance between fossil energy resource exploitation (oil, gas, and coal) and the speed to invent new reserves. So it is predicted that in the near future fossil energy reserves will run out and Indonesia will heavily depend on imported energy. In other hand, the current utilization of renewable energy having so big potency is relatively small and fossil energy utilization is dominating national energy consumption,” said Rudi Rubiandini.
The Government has done some acceleration efforts to develop new and renewable energy, to balance the increase of energy supply need in the future. In addition, by having too much energy price subsidy caused Indonesian behavior tends to be consumptive and wasteful on energy use.
To overcome the problem, according to Rudi, strategic actions need to be performed. One of the actions is by energy saving movement or program either from behavior changes or saving energy and environmentally friendly technology utilization. “In the short-term, energy saving needs to be done as an effort to suppress subsidy burden, while for long-term is meant to minimize the gap between demand and energy supply. The growth of high energy demand without being counterbalanced by adequate energy supply will only end to energy crisis,” said Rudi.
“The energy saving program is our responsibility involving the whole stages of energy management activities, such as energy supply, energy business, energy utilization and energy resource conservation,” he said. (AK)