Hari Listrik Nasional

Indonesia National Electricity Day


Electricity   for  public   consumption  has started   its history  in Indonesia when  a  private  Dutch company, NV. NIGN, which was originally  involved in gas sector, decided to expand its activities into the generation  of electricity  for public consumption.  In 1927, the Dutch government  established Waterkraft  Bedrijven (“LWB”) to manage hydro-electric  plants in West Java,East Java, Bengkulu  and  North  Sulawesi, along  with  a  steam- generated power plant in Jakarta. It was then followed by a number of municipalities  whom  also set up their own municipal power companies.

After the Japanese occupation during the World War II, a   handful  of  employees/workers   in the  oil  and  gas industries, led by Kobarsjih successfully took-over  the oil  and  gas companies   from  Japanese  hands  and handed over to GOI, in September 1945. Subsequently, President Soekarno set up the Electricity  and Gas Bureau on  October  27th, 1945  under  the  auspices  of  the Department of Public Works and Power. During the first and second Dutch offensive, the  Dutch Government returned  the  electricity   company  ownership  to  the original owners.

With the increasing Indonesian people struggle to liberate lrian Jaya from Dutch colonialism, the Indonesian parliament passed on Law number 86 of 1958, dated December 27, 1958, and ratified.

Government Regulations No. 18 of 1958 to nationalize all Dutch electricity and gas companies. The history of electrical power in Indonesia has ebbed and flowed in tandem with the tide of the people’s struggle. October 7 1945, subsequently became known as Electricity and Gas Day, and was commemorated for the first time on October rr: 1946, in Gedung Badan Pekerja Komite Nasional (“BPKNP”), Yogyakarta. Bearing in mind the importance of electricity, based upon Minister of Mines and Energy Decree No. 1134.K/43.PE/1992, dated August 3-11-1992, October 2 r” was declared as the National Electricity Day.