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Indonesia Eyes Subsidies, Nuclear Power in Renewable Energy Bill

A road cuts through palm plantations and rainforest in Indonesia.

A road cuts through palm plantations and rainforest in Indonesia.

Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg
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Indonesia, the biggest thermal coal exporter, would subsidize renewable energy projects and open its first nuclear power plant by 2045 in a draft legislation to help it reach its net-zero emissions goal.

The bill, which still needs approval from President Joko Widodo and parliament before becoming law, seeks to lead the country on a path that would both ensure all 270 million residents have access to power while also making the country entirely reliant on renewable energy by 2060. The draft sets out a strategic outline, with more detailed rules to be issued later.