Indonesia gears to welcome nuclear as new energy as regulation being drafted

Jakarta – The government plans to recognise nuclear as an official energy source in the draft New Energy and Renewable Energy Bill (EB-ET Bill), which will separate new and renewable energy.

In the latest draft of the EB-ET Bill, new energy sources include nuclear, hydrogen, coal bed methane, coal liquefaction, coal gasification, and other new energy sources. Meanwhile, renewable energy sources include geothermal, wind, biomass, sunlight, water flow and fall, garbage, waste agricultural and plantation products, livestock waste or manure, movement and temperature differences in the ocean layer, and other renewable energy sources.

Director General of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (EBTKE DG) of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR), Yudo Dwinanda Priaadi, explained that the EB-ET Bill’s discussion process is going quite well. All parties are committed to finalising the EB-ET Bill soon.

He also ensured that through this bill, the development of new energy, such as nuclear, will have a place in the future. Priaadi mentioned in an official statement that nuclear is now limited in its use for medicine and industry.

In addition, the government is also preparing a plan to establish the Nuclear Energy Program Implementation Organization (NEPIO), a body required to be established to coordinate the technical planning and budget of the NPP development programme, be responsible for the government’s role in the NPP development programme, coordinate and monitor and supervise the implementation of NPP infrastructure development. (Hartatik)

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