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Ganjar Pranowo Launches Electric Boats in Cilacap, Assisting Fishermen in Cost Savings

The Governor of Central JavaGanjar Pranowo, continues to drive energy transition initiatives. Extending beyond land-based efforts, Ganjar has initiated an environmentally friendly program in the maritime and fisheries sector.

This commitment is evidenced by the selection of Cilacap as the pilot project for electric boats. Collaborating with PLN (Indonesia’s state electricity company) and a leading technology firm, Ganjar has invited Cilacap fishermen to shift from using fossil fuel-based engines to battery-powered electric engines.

The launch took place at Teluk Penyu Beach in Cilacap on Friday, August 11, 2023. On this occasion, Ganjar provided assistance by supplying electric boat engines to several fishermen. Additionally, various forms of aid were extended, including grants for fishing equipment worth Rp 1.6 billion, fishermen insurance valued at Rp 1 billion, and other forms of support.

“We need to take bold action, such as transitioning to environmentally friendly energy. Today, the products are ready; now what we need to do is execute,” Ganjar stated.

Ganjar emphasized that the time has come for an energy transition. Nevertheless, he highlighted the necessity for incentives to facilitate the process for fishermen.

Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo (right, batik) speaking to fishermen in Cilacap, Central Java, on Friday, August 11, 2023. (JakartaDaily/Special)

“Without incentives, this would be challenging. That’s why I suggested that the government provide incentives for them. What PLN can offer, what the regional, provincial, and central governments can offer. So that our fishermen are ready and receptive to this transition,” he explained.

In addition to reducing emissions, electric boats also contribute to the welfare of fishermen. Their expenses for fishing trips are significantly reduced.

Traditionally, fishermen spend around Rp 230,000 to purchase 20 liters of fossil fuel for a single fishing trip. With electric engines, the cost is only around Rp 25,000. This significant reduction is due to the relatively low cost of electricity at Rp 2,500 per KWh.

“Imagine the cost difference. It’s around one-tenth. Yes, the initial investment might be relatively high, and that’s where I mentioned earlier, there must be incentives provided,” Ganjar elaborated.

Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo (left, batik) inspecting an electric powered boat engine alongside government officials. (JakartaDaily/Special)

Cilacap, according to Ganjar, will serve as the pilot project for maritime energy transition. In the future, several regions in Central Java will be encouraged to follow suit.

“It’s not just about fishermen’s boats, but also cargo ships and tourist vessels. The time for transition has come and must be initiated,” he concluded.