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Bali Needs to Become More Energy Independent

Bali News: Bali, Indonesia, power supplies, PLN, energy independence, Sutan Bhatoegena, Milton Pakpahan
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The State News Agency Antara reports that Commission VII of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR-RI) is urging new direct generating sources of electrical energy be created in Bali.

The chairman of Commission VII, S. Milton Pakpahan, on a group junket of national legislators to Bali, said the impetus to create more Bali-based power generation capabilities follows the total blackout of the Island that occur on Saturday, July 12, 2014.

“As a major tourism destination, the incident that caused Bali to go dark must be anticipated and prevented in the future,” said Pakpahan.

For this reason, Pakpahan said he would continue to lobby for the development of Indonesia’s energy sector through research and technology.

Bali, he said, must strive to become more energy independent, reducing or eliminating the need for power distributed from Java’s power grid.

Another member of Commission VII expressed similar sentiments, Sutan Bhatoegana said Bali was a “window on Indonesia” adding, “whatever happens in Bali receives the interest and spotlight of the entire world.

Because of this, Bhatoegena agrees with Pakpahan, saying Bali is a “special case” – especially as regards the development of renewable fuel sources.

Bali currently consumes 794.752 kilowatts with minimal stand-by reserve of 19.8 megawatts. The majority of Bali’s power is “imported” from generating stations in nearby Java.

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