27 Feb '12, 7pm

Asia Report: China Launches Renewable Energy Think Tank via @reworld

"For Indonesia, [the biggest challenge] is regulatory stability. Geothermal is hard to begin with. There is no need to make it more complex by changing regulations when things start to look up. Further, the lack of coordination among government ministries and other players creates needless complication. For years we have had the situation where the Energy Ministry supported geothermal development and the Forestry Ministry refused to permit the projects to go ahead because of issues as to the forests as mapped. Similarly, the Energy Ministry gave rosy predictions of how matters would be handled regarding payment of tariffs but Ministry of Finance took adverse positions and PLN was not consulted and rejected the structures put in place. Coordination of the ministries is crucial, extremely weak and not really an area where the private sector has the ability to foster developm...

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