Indonesia receives $400m in World Bank funding for geothermal development

Indonesia receives $400m in World Bank funding for geothermal development Wayang Windu Unit II geothermal field (source: Aecom)
Alexander Richter 18 Mar 2010

Recent funding of US$400 million through the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) will help Indonesia in its geothermal development plans.

Reported from Indonesia, the country’s “geothermal power capacity is set to nearly double following the endorsement of a new climate investment fund plan. The $400 million plan, endorsed by the Trust Fund Committee of the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), will help transform Indonesia’s use of renewable energy and ultimately support the government to meet its long-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26% in 2020.

The plan will use co-financing from the multilateral CTF to expand large-scale geothermal power plants and to accelerate initiatives to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy by creating risk-sharing facilities and addressing financing barriers to small- and medium-scale investments. Under the Indonesia plan, the CTF is slated to mobilize an additional $2.7 billion from a range of other sources.

“The greater availability of power supplies will help the Government of Indonesia reach its objective of providing electricity access from the present 65% of the population to 90% by 2020,” said Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Ursula Schaefer-Preuss. “Through the utilization of a cleaner fuel source, geothermal development will also result in better health benefits and more energy access for poor people,” she said.

Indonesia is the fourth Asian country to have a CTF-funded investment plan for the deployment of low-carbon technologies endorsed by governments – following in the footsteps of the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. The Trust Fund Committee’s endorsement of Indonesia’s plan raises the level of CTF support to Asia to $1.2 billion, mobilizing a total of nearly $13 billion from government, private sector, and other sources for Asia’s move to become a leader in the use of clean energy.

“The Climate Investment Funds are about demonstrating what can be done at scale and the Indonesia plan stands out,” said World Bank Vice-President for Sustainable Development, Katherine Sierra. “Indonesia has the largest geothermal energy potential in the world. The co-financing will help Indonesia reduce the use of fossil fuels to meet its rapidly growing energy needs. It also gives a clear signal on the practical actions developing countries can take to combat global climate change,” she said.

In addition to the Indonesian plan endorsement, the CTF meeting in Manila on Monday also endorsed plans for Colombia (CTF $150 million, leveraging an additional $2.85 billion from other sources, including private sector), Kazakhstan (CTF $200 million, leveraging $1.1 billion) and Ukraine (CTF $350 million, leveraging $2.3 billion).”

Source: Frontier India