Renewable energy is not a substitute (to fossil energy), but it serves as complementary energy
Jakarta (ANTARA) - New and renewable energy is still supporting or complementary to the use of fossil energy, national oil and gas practitioner Tumbur Parlindungan said. "Renewable energy is not a substitute (to fossil energy), but it serves as complementary energy," he said here Wednesday.

New and renewable energy is referred to as complementary energy because its sustainability cannot be maintained, he pointed out. He gave the example of solar energy.

"Who can guarantee that there would be no clouds or strong winds tomorrow," he said.

However, Indonesia has great potential in developing renewable energy even though it cannot be a primary energy source, he believed.

Based on the general plan on national energy from 2015 to 2050, national crude oil needs to continue to increase. In fact, in 2025, the demand for oil is projected to reach 2.196 million barrels per day and increase by 4.619 million barrels per day by 2050.

"In the data of the general plan, about 60 to 70 percent of national energy will still be dominated by fossil energy. That is why we still need this," he said.

Fossil energy is important for Indonesia because it absolutely continues to grow, Oil and Gas observer Pri Agung Rakhmanto said.

Shifting fossil energy to renewable energy will not work, he opined. For example, the use of fossil energy coal is commercialized first.

However, the primary energy supply is required and this can only be achieved from fossils or other sources because it is needed by Indonesia and the global community, according to him. (INE)

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