PLN’s Renewable Energy Certificates

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Jakarta (ANTARA) – In 2023, PT PLN, the state-owned electricity company, reported a remarkable increase of 75 percent in the utilization of renewable energy certificates (REC), reaching 3.08 terawatt-hours (TWh), compared to 1.76 TWh in 2022.

Since its initiation in 2020 until the conclusion of 2023, PLN has successfully achieved total REC sales exceeding 5 TWh.

Darmawan Prasodjo, President Director of PLN, emphasized in his statement on Tuesday in Jakarta that REC serves as a crucial response to the demand for decarbonization, particularly in the industrial and business sectors.

The contemporary requirement for goods manufactured through clean energy is pivotal to the competitiveness of today’s industrial landscape.

REC represents one of PLN’s service offerings, simplifying the process for customers to gain recognition for their use of transparent, accountable, and internationally recognized new and renewable energy.

Each REC certificate serves as evidence that the electricity per megawatt-hour (MWh) consumed by customers is derived from renewable or non-fossil fuel generators.

“Being a pioneer in accelerating the adoption of new renewable energy, PLN is committed to bolstering the competitiveness of the national industry by advocating for the use of clean energy as the foundational source for electricity. We are presenting procurement options to achieve the goal of 100-percent renewable energy utilization,” stated Prasodjo.

As of the end of 2023, 296 customers have availed themselves of REC from PLN. The industrial and business sectors in West Java, Banten, East Java, and Jakarta are leading in the adoption of REC.

PLN affirms that REC serves as proof of ownership of an internationally standardized certificate for electricity production from renewable energy plants.

PLN’s REC utilizes an electronic tracking system from APX TIGRs based in California, United States (US), ensuring that once a certificate is issued, it cannot be transferred to other parties. The entire process has undergone verification to comply with international standards.

Presently, four PLN plants are prepared to deliver green electricity to customers: 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 serves as a catalyst for the expansion of new and renewable energy generators, aligning with energy mix targets and reflecting PLN’s commitment to providing clean electricity for current and future generations.