Jakarta (ANTARA) - Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif has affirmed that the government is still targeting to increase the share of new and renewable energy in the energy mix to 23 percent by 2025.

"The target still continues," he said at his ministry's office in Jakarta on Friday.

Tasrif made the statement in response to the National Energy Council's (DEN) plan to revise the target for new and renewable energy share to 17–19 percent by 2025 from 23 percent by updating the National Energy Policy.

The DEN is preparing to update Government Regulation Number 79 of 2014 on the National Energy Policy, which will be adjusted to strategic environmental changes, in accordance with the commitment on climate change, and accommodate efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060.

The minister emphasized that to achieve the target, regulations have been readied and construction undertaken for new and renewable energy power plants planned in the electricity supply plan (RUPTL).

"The regulations that we have are enough and the RUPTL has been based on the target," he said.

Nevertheless, he acknowledged that the issue of infrastructure availability is impeding the acceleration of the target's achievement.

Earlier, at the "Energy and Mineral Resources Achievements in 2023 and Work Programs in 2024" press conference on January 15, 2024, the ministry announced that the share of new and renewable energy reached 13.1 percent in 2023 as against the target of 17.9 percent.

According to the ministry, the government is taking several steps to increase the share, including the construction of new and renewable energy power plants, as per the RUPTL, with a target of producing 10.6 gigawatts (GW) of power at the plants by 2025.

Another measure is the rooftop solar power generation (PLTS) program, under which the government is aiming to generate 3.6 GW of power by 2025.

Other measures include the conversion of diesel power plants to new and renewable energy power plants and the mandatory Biodiesel 35 (B35) program that is seeking to produce 13.9 million kiloliters of the fuel by 2025.

They further include biomass co-firing at coal-fired power plants with a target of reaching 10.2 million tons by 2025.

They further comprise the provision of access to new and renewable energy in underdeveloped, frontier, and outermost (3T) regions; geothermal exploration by the government; and off-grid and direct utilization of new and renewable energy.

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