Renewable energy bill may not be passed before the G20

Jakarta – The draft law on New Energy and Renewable Energy (RUU EBET) has been ratified as a bill proposed by the parliament (DPR) at the Plenary Session in mid-June. Target for ratifying the bill before the peak of the G20 summit in November is in danger of being delayed, analysts said Sunday (24/7).

Former chairperson of the Indonesian Renewable Energy Society (METI) Surya Darma said the continued discussion on the problem inventory list with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) is still awaiting the president’s letter.

“The renewable energy bill (EBET Bill) has now been submitted by the DPR to the President in mid-June. We are currently waiting for the Surpres (Presidential Letter) to be discussed again with the DPR,” he said.

The chairman of the DPR’s Energy Commission (commission VII), Sugeng Suparwoto, previously stated that the EBET Bill is expected to be passed before the peak of the G20 Summit in Bali in November. The Legislative Body (Baleg) of the DPR has also approved the harmonisation of the EBET Bill which will then be discussed again in the internal scope of commission VII.

He hopes that government elements can immediately respond to the draft EBET Bill in the form of a Presidential Letter and accompanied by an attachment to the list of problems. In the draft of the EBET Bill, the new energy sources listed in Article 9 include sources of nuclear energy, hydrogen, coal methane gas, liquefied coal, and gaseous coal.

Meanwhile, renewable energy sources include geothermal energy sources, wind, biomass, sunlight, water flows and waterfalls, garbage, agricultural and plantation product waste, livestock waste or manure, as well as movements and differences in sea layer temperature.

Later, as stated in Article 36 of the EBET Bill, renewable energy exploitation will be used for power generation, industrial activities, and transportation. (Hartatik)

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