Indonesia has been pushing forward for the national energy self-sufficiency goals. The government of Indonesia has even made a specific goals for electrification in Papua, especially electrification in Papuan villages, which is the Bright Papua by 2020 program. The program covers the electrification in 14 regencies, 300 districts and 2,500 villages in Papua and West Papua.
The Bright Papua by 2020 program aims to realize 90 percent of electrification in Papua. President Jokowi who initiated this program is even optimistic that the realization of this program can be achieved in 2019. Along with the program, many areas in Papua has been lit by electricity. The State Owned Electricity Company ( PLN) in Papua and West Papua has distributed electricity to 60 villages up to December 2016. The electrification in Papuan villages is targeted for 60 villages and has been completed in 24 December of 2016.
The electrification of 60 villages were completed before Christmas of 2016 as Christmas gift for the people of Papua. Two of those villages areas are Puay Village and Yokiwa Village.
The Puay village and Yokiwa village in Papua can now enjoy all of the benefits of electricity. On Thursday of 15th December, 2016, PLN has started their operation in the two villages.
It takes two hours to reach these two villages from the capital city of Papua, Jayapura city. The journey goes along Sentani lake, the biggest lake in Papua. Yokiwa and Puay villages have not enjoyed electricity until PLN has started their operation in these villages. The villagers have to be content to sleep and carry out their activities in the dark when the night comes.
Before electrification in Papua reached these villages, the villagers in Yokiwa village can only get electricity from a generator donated by the government. However, the generator can not operate 24 hours a day. It can only generate electricity for a few hours.
Yokiwa village which is located 4 KM from Puay village has an even worse conditions. The villagers must make do with no electricity at all in their homes.
Without electricity, the children must go to Yoka city, the nearest city with electricity which is located 15 KM to 20 KM from Puay village. They have to go at Sunday and then comes home in the next Saturday.
Before electrification in Papuan villages from PLN has reached these villages, the villagers in Puay village would have to spend 1 million IDR per month to supply fuel to the generator in order to enjoy electricity . The cost for running the generator for 2 hours is 10,000 to 15,000 IDR. They usually use 3 liters of fuel oil that would fuel the generator from 6 PM to 12 PM.
Now, the villagers are happy because electricity can now run 24 hours a day. The children and their parents are even more thrilled because they can now comfortably study and live together everyday.