The Jakarta Post-Singapore is looking to other ASEAN countries as alternatives to importing “green electrons”, its term for electricity produced from renewable energy, as its discussions with Indonesia remain uncertain.

Singaporean Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean said officials of the city state had visited several countries, particularly in Southeast Asia.

Teo, who is also Singapore’s chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change, added that Singapore had been in talks with Australian companies, some of which had expressed interest in supplying Singapore with green electricity.

Maulida Rahma, renewable energy campaigner at Trend Asia, told the Post on Monday that exporting power from renewable sources should be done with caution, as many parts of Indonesia still lacked electricity, due in part to a lack of connections between grids in different regions of the country.

She urged the government to speed up the phasing-out of coal power.

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