An article in The Jakarta Post.
The House of Representatives formally endorsed on Tuesday the government’s new energy policy, which will gradually reduce the use of fossil energy and turn to renewable resources for future energy use.
“This is a milestone for our country as we will soon have a clear national policy on the ideal energy mix for the future,” Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik, who is also acting chairman of the National Energy Board, said on Tuesday after a plenary session at the House.
The new energy policy sets a number of targets for the supply and use of energy in the country until 2050.
The use of fossil fuel, which at present accounts for 49 percent of the total energy mix, will be reduced to less than 25 percent in 2025, and less than 20 percent in 2050, while the use of natural gas will be increased from 20 percent to at least 22 percent in 2025 and 24 percent in 2050.
The development of renewable energy sources, such as solar, water, wind and biomass, will become the government’s priorities in the future as, according to the new regulation, the use of renewable energy will be increased from 6 percent at present to at least 23 percent in 2025 and at least 31 percent in 2050.
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