JAKARTA – Director General of Electricity at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Rida Mulyana said that the government continues to strive to increase the electrification ratio to 99.99% by the end of 2019.
“In 2018, the electrification ratio that had been achieved was 98.3%, or around 66 million households had been electrified,” said Rida at a media meeting at the Electricity Directorate General, Jakarta, Tuesday (2/7).
Rida said that up to semester I / 2019, the electrification ratio had reached 98.81%. If in 2018 there were 66,921,705 electric households, by the end of June 2019 the number would be 67,548,773 or an increase of 627,068 households. Based on data obtained from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), as of June 2019 there were 813,882 households that had not yet been electrified.
In increasing the Electrification Ratio, Rida revealed that the Province of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) is one of the main focuses of the Government, where at the end of last year the electrification ratio in the Province was only 62%, while by the middle of this year it had increased by 10% to 72%.
“The level of electrification ratio of the province which has reached 99% is 30 provinces, while 3 provinces are still in the figure of 90% -95%, namely Papua, Central Kalimantan and West Sumatra,” he added.
To that end, the central government cooperates with State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN), Regional Governments, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from PLN and the ESDM Sector Business Entity to provide assistance in the form of electrical connectors for poor households.