The Jakarta Post-State electricity company PLN has recently pledged to stop building new coal-fired power plants to achieve a net-zero emission target. A commitment to become carbon neutral by 2050 is also written in the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s Intelligent Strategies for Power and the Utility Sector report.

This commitment is surprising news and was greeted with great fanfare by various parties. As an entity that has been known to rely heavily on coal energy, PLN is considered to have chosen bold and progressive electricity policies.

Apart from being expected to have a notable impact on efforts to overcome the global climate crisis, this commitment is also expected to accelerate the share of renewables in the country’s energy mix to 23 percent by 2025.


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