“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Panasonic donates 1,000 eco-friendly light bulbs to Indonesian village

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta, Thu, 04/26/2012

Japanese electronics firm Panasonic is calling on Indonesians to save energy and cut down on carbon dioxide emissions, through its "Eco Ideas" program of corporate social responsibility for villages.

"We are working together with an electronics retail company, Electronic City, to donate about 1,000 eco-friendly light bulbs to 651 household heads at Warung Kadu village in Purwakarta regency, West Java, where each family will receive three light bulbs," said Ronny Heribertus, Panasonic’s company spokesman, as quoted by kompas.com.

The 11-watt sustainable light bulbs can generate the kind of light similar to a 60-watt bulb. These so-called "eco spiral" bulbs can save 80 percent of electricity and last 10 thousand hours.

Panasonic's "Eco Ideas" program aimed to help Indonesian communities change their energy-consumption patterns so that they could save on energy, Ronny said on Tuesday.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sembcorp opens S$34m 'energy from waste' plant

The Jakarta Post, Yunita Ong, Asia News Network/The Straits Times, Singapore, 04/25/2012

Sembcorp opened on Tuesday a S$34 million (US$27.29 million) plant in Sakra district on Jurong Island that will turn waste into energy.

The facility will process woodchips from the firm's solid waste management arm to output 20 ton of process steam an hour for use by other industries nearby, including multinational agribusiness Tate & Lyle.

The wood - gleaned from industrial, commercial, construction and demolition waste - would otherwise be incinerated.

The steam-producing process also cuts costs. Sembcorp has relied on natural gas from Indonesia to fuel its plants since 2001 but using woodchips instead would be 'significantly' less expensive, although the firm did not disclose the savings.

Ng Meng Poh, its executive vice-president for Singapore and ASEAN (Utilities), said Tuesday: “This solution provides an alternative economical source of energy for our customers on Jurong Island while leveraging synergies between our solid waste management and energy business.

“'It is also a step forward in our strategy to grow our portfolio of renewable energy assets and to offer sustainable and competitive energy-from-waste solutions to our customers on (Jurong Island).”

A range of other green facilities was also announced at Tuesday's opening ceremony.

Sembcorp will develop a second boiler at the plant to pump out 40 ton per hour of process steam. It will be completed later next year.

The two boilers, which will cost $64 million in total, will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 70,000 ton a year compared with the typical Singapore steam-generating plant, which uses a mix of natural gas and other fuels.

Sembcorp also intends to supply its Sakra customers with one third of their steam demands using alternative fuel.

It aims to build two energy-from-waste boilers in Sakra to produce 140 ton of steam an hour by 2014. Its solid waste collection arm will provide the plant fuel.

In 2007, Sembcorp started burning woodchips, recycled wood and willows to fuel its $187 million power and steam station in Teeside in Britain. 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Indonesian Developer Invests $100m in Java Wind Farm

Jakarta Globe, Dion Bisara, April 22, 2012

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Wind farm developer UPC Renewables Indonesia plans to invest up to $100 million for a wind farm on the south Java coast to tap into Indonesia’s growing demand for cheaper energy.

The privately held company signed an agreement on Friday with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources to build 33 wind turbines off the coast of Samas in Yogyakarta, a special region on the southern side of Java that faces the Indian Ocean. The total capacity of the wind farm will be 50 megawatts.

“This will be a milestone for a wind farm on a commercial scale,” said Kardaya Warnika, director general of renewable energy at the ministry.

UPC Renewables will partner with a local company, Binatek Reka Energi, which has been studying and collecting wind-pattern data on the south Java coast for the past four years.

The agreement for the power purchase has yet to be signed, Kardaya said. UPC Renewables has offered a purchasing period of 30 years at a price of Rp 1,200 (13 cents) per kilowatt hour for the first 20 years and Rp 700 per kWh beyond that.

That compares to an average production cost of Rp 1,100 per kWh last year and an average selling price of Rp 729 per kWh at the state power company, PLN.

Kardaya said UPC Renewables would start erecting the wind turbines once the power purchase agreement had been signed, and planned to use local materials as much as possible in the construction. It plans to complete the project in 15 months.

Steven Zwaan, director of  UPC Renewables, said he hoped the process could be done swiftly so the wind farm could start producing next year. He hopes that success with this project will generate interest to build more facilities across Indonesia.

In PLN’s 2011-20 electricity supply plan, the utility forecast states that Indonesia will needs to provide an additional 55,346 megawatts of power capacity over the next decade, assuming yearly economic growth of 7 percent, at a total investment estimated at $96.2 billion.

The plan outlines an aggressive decline in using oil fuel for the country’s power, shifting to cheaper gas and coal. Renewable energy would comprise 18 percent of total power production by the end of this decade, from just 10 percent currently. Wind energy, however, has yet to be included in the plan.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Three state firms to invest $30 mln in solar cells

Antara News, Fri, April 20 2012

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Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Three state firms will cooperate in producing solar cells at a total cost of US$30 million, an official said.

"In the first phase, the solar cells which will be produced in the first semester of 2012 may have a capacity of 30 megawatts," the deputy for infrastructures and logistics to the state enterprises minister, Sumaryanto Widayatin, said here Thursday.

The three state firms are electricity company PT PLN, construction company PT Wijaya Karya Tbk, and highway operator PT Jasa Marga Tbk.

Sumaryanto said the cooperation is part of synergy to deal with rising demand for electrical power.

"In the first phase, Jasa Marga will serve as off taker (direct user) of the solar cell production," he said.

In addition, the solar cells will also help PLN meet electrical power needs in remote areas, outlying islands and hinterlands, he said.

The study on the development of solar cells has reached the final stage, he said adding the three state firms will soon set up a kind of subsidiary to carry out the project.

He said Indonesia has large potentials to develop solar cells.

"We have quartz sand deposits of up to 75 billion tons as raw material to make solar cell crystal or silicon," he said. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

NZ interested in geothermal and animal husbandry projects

Antara News, Mon, April 16 2012

 "For investments there are two sectors that New Zealand is interested in, animal husbandry and geothermal plants."

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Gita Wirjawan. (ANTARA)
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - New Zealand is interested in investing in geothermal and animal husbandry projects in Indonesia, trade minister Gita Wirjawan said.

"For investments there are two sectors that New Zealand is interested in, animal husbandry and geothermal plants," he said during a seminar on business and investments held by the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) and the New Zealand government here on Monday.

The event was also attended by visiting New Zealand prime minister John Key, flanked by trade minister Tim Groser and a 40-member business delegation.

"With regard to animal husbandry, New Zealand has 30 million head of cattle and 40 million sheep, while its population is only 4.5 millions. So there is a lot of added value that they could give us," he said.

Gita who is also head of the Capital Investment Board, said New Zealand`s businessmen have been positive about the investment potential in the animal husbandry sector, not only in cattle breeding but also processed cattle products.

"New Zealand is also interested in geothermal development projects because that country is, like Indonesia, located in the ring of fire and so they are interested in Indonesia, which has 40 percent of the world`s geothermal total reserves," he said.

Gita added that New Zealand also has skills in processing geothermal energy, as some experts in the field also joined the prime minister`s delegation.

He said, however, he could not as yet tell about the value of their investment. "But I think it will be quite big. For cattle development the investment is expected to be realized this year, while for geothermal projects, further study is needed.

With regard to trade between the two countries, the minister admitted it was still very small, only US$1.1 billion.

"The government is making efforts to see trade between the two countries reach minimally one percent of the two countries` total gross domestic product. The two countries` GDPs total US$1.2 trillion and so one percent of that is US$12 billion. As it is now still recorded at US$1.1 billion, it means a lot of work still has to be done," he said.

Indonesia export products to New Zealand include textile, garments, agricultural and animal husbandry materials.

"Indonesia, meanwhile, imports a lot of processed milk, which is their main export. We now still suffer a deficit of between US$100 million and US$200 million in our trade with New Zealand, but hope with the ratification of the ASEAN-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement early this year that conditions would become more equal," he said.

The FTA has been considered mutually beneficial because, the minister said, under it Indonesia could export more goods and services to New Zealand.

According to data from the New Zealand government, Indonesia is the world`s tenth largest export market for that country and the largest market in Southeast Asia.

New Zealand`s exports to Indonesia reach 870 million New Zealand dollars, and imports from Indonesia total 704 million dollars.

Total bilateral trade between the two countries has reached 1.5 billion New Zealand dollars.

New Zealand`s main exports to Indonesia in 2011 were food and drink, including milk, cream milk, cheese and butter, amounting to 60.9 percent of its total exports worth 521.3 million New Zealand dollars.

Cooperation between the two countries in geothermal projects began in 1982 when New Zealand`s then prime minister, Robert Muldoon, and president Soeharto opened the first geothermal project in the country in Kamojang.

PLN operates biggest solar power plant in Morotai

Antara News, Sun, April 15 2012

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - State electricity company PT PLN is operating the biggest solar power plant (PLTS) with a capacity of 600 kW in the outermost island of Morotai in North Maluku.

The company`s director for Indonesian eastern region operations, Vickner Sinaga, said in a press statement received here on Sunday the operation of the PLTS would reduce oil consumption by an average of 800 liters daily or save about Rp2.5 billion a year.

"The PLTS began operating yesterday or Saturday," he said.

He said PLN would continue improving its service across Indonesia by prioritizing the use of alternative energy sources especially for the Indonesian eastern regions.

He said the operation of the PLTS will also help support the implementation of the Sail Morotai 2012 which is to be held from May to June.

Recently PT PLN operated a 350kW solar power plant at the peak period in the Sebatik island in East Kalimantan bordering Malaysia and another 100kW on Miangas island in North Sulawesi close to the Philippines.

The operation of the PLTS is part of the company's plan to distribute electricity to 100 outermost islands using 100 percent solar power with the target of achieving it by October 28, 2012.

PLN also expects 1,000 islands across Indonesia will have used solar energy as the source of their power plants by 2014 at the latest.

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Friday, April 06, 2012

Indonesia to soon develop renewable energy

Antara News, Fri, April 6 2012 

 "Indonesia has oil reserves of about 4 billion barrels, and it is estimated this will run out within the next 11 years. Therefore, we need to develop renewable energy as soon as possible."

Kardaya Warnika.
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia will soon develop renewable energy to replace the country`s diminishing oil reserves, according to Deputy Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Kardaya Warnika.

"Indonesia has oil reserves of about 4 billion barrels, and it is estimated this will run out within the next 11 years. Therefore, we need to develop renewable energy as soon as possible," Kardaya recently said on the sidelines of a seminar entitled `The Development of New Renewable Energy to Save Fossil Fuel for the Sake of National Resilience`.

Officials note that renewable energy could become a solution for dealing with the energy crisis and maintaining energy resilience.

Currently, the nation receives up to 95 percent of its energy supply from fossil energy, such as oil, natural gas and coal.

The attraction of renewable energy includes its being environmentally friendly, endless and available domestically.

"Investment in oil and gas would require billions of US dollars, while renewable energy needs only billions of rupiahs," he noted.

The government hopes that the development of renewable energy will reach 25 percent of the nation`s needs by 2025. However, subsidies are a factor hampering the development of renewable energy, he added.

The ministry is currently developing 100 megawatts of solar power energy (PLTS) and 50 megawatts of windmill power energy.

A location for the development of PLTS is being looked for, while a windmill power energy plant will be built in Yogyakarta.