President Jokowi Bans New Coal Plants, What Are the Impacts?


President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo bans new coal-fired power plants (PLTU) projects, with a few exceptions, as per the issuance of the Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 112/2022 on the acceleration of renewable energy projects to generate electricity on Sept 13. Article 3 Paragraph (4) states that new coal-fired power plant projects are banned except for those stipulated in the electricity procurement plan (RUPTL) set before the decree comes into effect. Exceptions also apply to PLTUs that meet several requirements, such as those set to operate until 2050.

Director General of Mineral and Coal Ridwan Djamaluddin said in the energy transition, one must also accept that coal is widely used. "The energy transition must be regulated fairly. This means that if we have coal, we can still be allowed to use it sustainably. Don't let any pressure prevents its optimum utilization," Ridwan said on Tuesday.

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