The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), selected Tetra Tech to implement the Indonesia Clean Energy Development (ICED) project. Now in its second phase, ICED is the centerpiece of USAID Indonesia’s low emissions development support in the energy sector.

Beginning in 2011, the ICED project established a network of public and private sector partners involved in clean energy development and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction in the energy sector. Partners include national, provincial and district-level government agencies; banks and financial institutions; project developers; the national electric utility (PLN); industry trade associations; and research institutions.

Tetra Tech is providing policy and regulatory assistance to the government of Indonesia to create an enabling environment for clean energy project development. In addition, Tetra Tech is supporting viable clean energy projects to create replicable models for future development, building the capacity of key players in the clean energy sector to facilitate project implementation, and demonstrating innovative approaches to increasing access to modern energy services.

We recognize the valuable assistance to PLN that has been provided by Tetra Tech under the ICED project and look forward to continued cooperation under ICED-II.

Nasri Sabayang, Director, Indonesia National Utility Company (PLN)

As part of ICED, Tetra Tech conducted bioenergy assessments for two regencies in Riau Province in palm oil plantation waste, empty fruit bunch, and the palm oil mill effluent (POME). This included feasibility studies for 60 POME biogas power plants that would have a combined 90 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity.

Tetra Tech prepared the first guidelines for interconnecting distributed renewable energy generation (<10 MW) to PLN medium voltage distribution systems. The guidelines were published by PLN and are now required for all new grid-connected projects. In addition, we worked with PLN’s Planning and Renewable Energy Divisions on the integration of large-scale wind farms into PLN’s high-voltage transmission network. We also submitted an impact analysis of three proposed wind power projects (totaling 195 MW) planned for commissioning in South Sulawesi in the 2015–2019 timeframe.

Other examples of ICED activities include:

  • GHG emission reduction action plans and monitoring, evaluation, and reporting protocols
  • Energy and electricity planning data sets, analytical tools, and scenario development
  • Technical review of renewable energy project feasibility studies, detailed engineering designs, and equipment specifications
  • Energy efficiency audits
  • Technology demonstrations in street lighting and buildings
  • Regulation, fiscal incentive, and power purchase contract recommendations
  • Renewable energy project development database
  • GIS mapping of electricity transmission and distribution system
  • Technical standards and guidelines for interconnecting renewable energy systems to the grid

These are part of a larger pipeline of 118 projects under development with which Tetra Tech is assisting. The pipeline includes run-of-river mini hydropower, palm oil mill biomass and biogas, wind power, solar photovoltaic, building and industrial energy efficiency, and biodiesel projects. The completed program will result in an estimated impact of $1.8 billion in investment, 117 million tons of CO2e of emission reduction over the projects’ lifetime, 9.3 million persons with access to clean energy, and $225 million in reduced subsidy to the power sector.