State-owned electricity provider Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) stated that consumption of electricity in Indonesia grew 7.2 percent to 90,48 terawatt hour (twh) in the first six months of 2013 compared to the same period last year. Head of PLN’s Commercial Division, Benny Marbun, explained that Indonesia’s industrial sector particularly consumed more electricity. Although industrial customers of PLN only grew by 4.5 percent in Semester 1-2013 (YoY), industrial electricity consumption grew 8.3 percent (YoY).
The growth in industrial consumption of electricity is an indicator that Indonesia’s industrial sector continues to expand. Industries that are increasing their electricity consumption include the country’s textile industry, metal processing, electronics, and ceramics. However, the highest growth rates, surpassing 10 percent growth in electricity use, stem from Indonesia’s steel, cement, and chemical industries, which confirms that the building construction sector has been developing at a fast pace.