1.7 Percent of Indonesian Population Households Unelectrified

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Illustration of house without electricity. (Illustration: Feri Fenoria Rifai)

UNAIR NEWS – Millennial generation will be a generation that brings revival for nation and country in a sophisticated era. Gadgets are very popular among young people in the era of globalization.

It was stated by Muhamad Ali as Director of Human Capital Management (HCP) of State Electricity Company (PLN). He also stated that the use of electronic goods has a time limit, thus a term ‘charging’ exists which means refill the power of a gadget that is always in hand.

Because of these limitations, everyone needs electricity to support their daily activities. Regarding the case in Venezuela, which could not enjoy electricity for quite a long time, Ali stressed that electricity is very important for human life on earth because the work of humans depends on electricity.

“When you are going to do assignments, then power is out or your smartphone is low on battery, then the first time you look for is not a person (help from other people, ed) but an electric plug,” said Director of HCP PLN in PLN seminar on Future Electricity Through Human Capital Readiness on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Airlangga Convention Center (ACC) Universitas Airlangga.

Furthermore, Ali presented the electrification level in 2017, which was at 98.3 percent. Therefore, there is 1.7 percent of Indonesia’s population who have not yet enjoyed electricity from PLN. Ali also said that the 1.7 percent still uses generators to get electricity.

With these condition, Ali estimated in 2018 the availability of electricity can reach 99 percent. According to Ali this can happen quickly because of millennial generation support from several universities to work together electrifying Papua. Ali also shared stories of the volunteers’s struggle to reach the residential areas.

“The electricity pole must be lowered to the sea first, then moved by boat, carried by truck, after that it must be carried by people. Until it arrived to the point, and set up in the area, “Ali said while showing some documentation photos in front of the seminar participants.

These volunteers, Ali continued, showed a shared desire to give access to electricity for Papua community.

In the future, Indonesia will apply new and renewable energy. Ali said that Indonesia is still using coal to produce electricity while coal availability is declining.

“However, in the future there will be substitution, such as water and wind, or commonly referred to as hydro and wind power plants,” Ali said, citing this brilliant innovation is made so that people will not worry about running out of power plants in the future.

PLN Seminar is one of the activities of the 31st Airlangga Career Fair (ACF). ACF was held by Universitas Airlangga’s Center for Career and Entrepreneurship Development (PPKK) for two days, March 13-14 2019 at Airlangga Convention Center UNAIR and attended by UNAIR students and alumni. (*)


Author: Dhea Meidiana

Editor: Binti Q. Masruroh

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