Why Indonesia can’t keep the lights on

An August 4 power blackout across Indonesia’s West Java has raised new questions about why state-run utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) continues to build new stations instead of upgrading the transmission network on the 28,400-megawatt (MW) Java-Bali grid. Former PLN executives are also questioning whether over-stocking the company with moneymen and reducing the utility’s maintenance […]