Bappenas spurs Bali over pilot project for waste-fueled power plant

Bappenas spurs Bali over pilot project for waste-fueled power plant

Minister of National Development Planning/Head of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Suharso Monoarfa on the sidelines of an event for the signing of a memorandum of understanding (Mou) with the Bali provincial government on Low Carbon National Development Planning in Bali Province on Tuesday. (ANTARA/Ni Luh Rhisma)

The volume of garbage in Bali is quite large and much of it comes from middle-class people, so its energy content is large. If the energy content is high, then why is it not managed to produce fuel
Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA) - National Development Planning Minister/ National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Head Suharso Monoarfa is impelling Bali Province to become a pilot project for the utilization of electrical power from the waste-to-energy plant.

"The volume of garbage in Bali is quite high, and a significant amount of it comes from the middle-class people, so its energy content is large. If the energy content is high, then why is it not managed to produce fuel," he remarked on the sidelines of an event for the signing of a memorandum of understanding (Mou) with the Bali provincial government on Low-Carbon National Development Planning in Bali Province on Tuesday.

Suharso observed that Bali Island had garbage banks to collect trash from households.

If the garbage is later processed into pellets, then they can serve to curb emissions at coal-fueled power plants, he stated.

"PLN (state electricity company) has, until now, bought pellets from other regions rather than Bali," he remarked.

Hence, he has encouraged the management of waste in Bali to become an energy source on a larger scale.

"In my view, why is the waste energy not transformed to electrical energy?" he questioned.
In the meantime, Bali Governor Wayan Koster affirmed that as a tourist destination, Bali should set a sound example, in terms of waste management.

"According to the gubernatorial regulation, all power plants in Bali must utilize environment-friendly fuels," he noted.

Moreover, the governor has issued a regulation on electric motor vehicles as part of its efforts to lower carbon emissions, he emphasized.

"This is in line with the vision Nangun Sat Kerthi Loka Bali that translates to keeping the nature clean," he added.

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