Jakarta (ANTARA) - State-owned electricity company PT PLN recorded that the total use of renewable energy certificates (REC) in 2023 reached 3.08 terawatt hour (TWh), or increased by 75 percent as compared to 1.76 TWh in 2022.

Meanwhile, since its launch in 2020 until the end of 2023, PLN's total REC sales have reached more than 5 TWh.

President Director of PLN Darmawan Prasodjo noted in his statement in Jakarta on Tuesday that REC is the answer to the need for decarbonized steps, especially in the industrial and business sectors.

The modern demand for the products produced through clean energy is the key to today's industrial competitiveness.

REC is a form of PLN services to make it easier for customers to obtain recognition for the use of new and renewable energy that is transparent, accountable, and internationally recognized.

Each REC certificate proves that the electricity per megawatt hour (MWh) used by customers comes from renewable or non-fossil generators.

"PLN, as the sector leader in accelerating the use of new renewable energy, will support the competitiveness of the national industry by encouraging the use of clean energy as the basis for electricity. We are presenting procurement options to fulfill the target of up to 100-percent use of renewable energy," Prasdojo stated.

Until the end of 2023, some 296 customers have used REC PLN. Industry and business sectors in West Java, Banten, East Java, and Jakarta make the most use of REC.

PLN stated that REC is proof ownership of an international-standard certificate for the production of electricity from renewable energy plants.

REC from PLN uses an electronic tracking system from APX TIGRs located in California, the United States (US), to ensure that once the certificate is issued, it cannot be bought or sold to other parties. The entire process has also been verified to meet international standards.

Currently, four PLN plants are ready to supply green electricity to customers are the Kamojang Geothermal Power Plant for Java, Madura, and Bali electricity systems; the Lahendong Geothermal Power Plant and Bakaru Hydroelectric Power Plant for Sulawesi electricity system; and the Ulubelu Geothermal Power Plant for Sumatra electricity system.

REC can encourage the growth of new and renewable energy generators to meet energy mix targets and as PLN's responsibility to provide clean electricity for the current and future generations.

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