There is a legal war that is ongoing in court over a coal power plant in Bali. One angler by the name Gede Astawa has complained of how his catch is decreased with time and that the coal power plant that was responsible was Bali. Before they could get over 400 buckets of fish, currently, they are getting ten. Astawa is among the locals filing the suit against the coal power plant. In fact, the Celukan Bawang power plant was in the course of an expansion. Its estimates were that there were environmental effects up to about 120 km from the central tourism hub of Denpasar. The power plant began operations in the year 2015.
Astawa said that all the anglers were affected and they had to change their jobs, Astawa now deals with furniture. An environmental group supported the initiative by the name Greenpeace. They laid claims suggest that the expansion would spoil the tourism sector. With the double standard and capacity for sure would disrupt the tourists as they were on holiday. Details of the lawsuit were water and air pollution, crop damage, and adverse effects on wildlife. Such losses have caused the residents of the local village a lot of economic frustration. The coal power plants as a result have stalled most of their main economic activities.
PT General Energy Bali manages Celukan Bawang power plant. The media tried to get comments from the superiors but to no avail. They also reached out to majority shareholder, China Huadian Corporation but also got no response. Jisman Hutajulu, a senior official at Indonesia’s energy ministry, claimed that the coal is manufactured to meet demand. However, talks are underway to embrace renewable energy and do away with fossil fuel. Factors to be considered will be energy, security, environment, and cost of operation and maintenance.
The Central Government has urged investors to put their money into renewable energy, at the same time maintaining affordable rates for the consumers. Power experts continued to say that Indonesia’s energy target could only be met by investing in renewable energy. Reducing coal reliance by the consumers was also a detail they discussed. Indonesia has to install 54.6 GW of electricity to reach its target demand. In the next decade, they are planning to double the electric capacity. With the availability of coal mines, energy plants generate more than half of the total demand. Natural gas contributes about 23 percent, renewable energy 13 percent, and diesel the remaining percentage.