Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) called on the state-owned electricity company, PT PLN, to seize investment opportunities by managing various green energy sources in Indonesia.

The president made the statement at the construction groundbreaking of the PLN Hub at the new capital city (IKN) Nusantara in East Kalimantan on Wednesday.

"We have abundant energy power for green energy," he stated, as followed from an official broadcast from the Presidential Secretariat network.

Jokowi remarked that Indonesia has an abundance of renewable energy sources, such as wind, geothermal energy, and hydropower, which is harnessed from river flows.

Currently, out of the around 4,400 rivers in Indonesia, the Kayan River, which divides Kalimantan Island, is capable of producing 11 thousand-13 thousand MW of electrical energy, Jokowi noted.

He cited as another example the Mamberamo River stretching along the south of Foja Mountains, Sarmi District, Papua Province, with an electricity production capacity of up to 23 thousand MW.

"There is a lot that we can do," the president said.

He pointed out that green energy sources have become an important need for investors amid a changing global economic situation that has no clear direction.

Jokowi noted that the government is anticipating this condition by transforming the national economy through the presence of IKN Nusantara that offers a green energy source through the existence of the PLN Hub.

"Every investor interested in Indonesia always asks about the presence of green energy, including the aluminum industry. It is about our ability to provide green energy," he remarked.

Hence, the president lauded the construction of the PLN Hub at IKN as a bridge between PT PLN and various working partners from relevant policymakers in supplying the national energy needs.

"I hope we can shift our mindset. IKN must use 100 percent green energy, whether from solar panels, which are currently carried out by PT PLN, or hydropower from Mahakam River or other sources. It could also be generated from wind and others," he revealed.

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