General Manager of PLN (State electricity firm) Bali IBG Mardawa Padangratha invited all components of tourism on the island to save electricity use in the midst of energy resource that costs relatively very expensive and is limited.
“If we can perform efficiency consistently, it means we have to give an opportunity to the public and other businesses to get electricity facility,” he said in Denpasar on Sunday.
According to him, behind the rapid development of the tourism industry, it actually offers a true strategic business opportunity for PLN Bali to be able to serve and sell energy as much as possible. However, it is well aware of the limitations of the energy available so that efficiency is necessary.
Electricity demand in Bali, he added, continues to increase. Based on data from the last five years an increase in the growth of electricity on the island reached 8-10 percent per year. In the first quarter of 2013, the growth stood at 9.57 percent.
“This high growth as the economic and tourism impact in Bali and keep moving forward. Strengthening on economic and tourism side also makes the power consumption has increased significantly,” he said.
In fact, the highest peak that occurred last October, reached 721 MW, increasing away from the previous month’s average in the range of 680 MW. With an existing power output of 790 MW, these conditions are far from the formula of ideal power availability.
Mardawa said that energy to serve 940,000 electricity customers in Bali produced from three large plants, the Gilimanuk gas power plant, Pesanggaran and Pemaron power plant, plus the Java – Bali submarine cables of 200 MW. All of these plant sources are integrated in the Java – Bali interconnection system.
On the other hand, the utilization of alternative energy sources to support Bali as Green Island continue to be conducted, among others, solar power plants in Bangli and Karangasem regency, garbage power plant in Suwung, wind power plant in Nusa Penida, Klungkung.
“However, the energy produced is still relatively small compared to demand that happens. Therefore, short-term solution that must be built is uniformity of attitude to perform efficiency without compromising its essence and utilize energy in accordance with the productive needs,” he said.
To share knowledge and experience with regard to the procedures for efficiency without compromising the essence of pleasure in consuming electricity, PLN Bali in collaboration with American multinational company, Honeywell, also will hold a workshop with the theme “PLN-Honeywell, Energy Efficiency for Hotels and Resorts” on 28thNovember 2013 at The Westin Resort, Nusa Dua, Badung.
Honeywell has more than 100 years of experience in providing assistance on the use and efficient energy use to a large number of companies and industries in the world.
The workshop is becoming an important opportunity for tourism businessesmen, especially managers of hotels and resorts as major customers of PLN Bali.