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Presidential push may kickstart Indonesian transition from coal to renewables

first_imgPresidential push may kickstart Indonesian transition from coal to renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Mongabay:President Joko Widodo has reportedly expressed his intention to wean Indonesia off coal, in a move that runs counter to his own administration’s stated policy of increasing the country’s reliance on the fossil fuel.The president made the announcement at a July 8 cabinet meeting, according to Siti Nurbaya Bakar, the minister of environment and forestry. “[T]he president emphasized that we must develop the energy sector with a focus on renewable energy,” Siti said at a recent event in Jakarta. “Therefore, the president has explicitly asked to ‘start reducing the use of coal.’”If the administration follows through on the statement with concrete policies to phase out coal use, this could signal the beginning of a transition to renewable energy for Indonesia, the largest energy consumer in South East Asia and one of the biggest consumers of coal in the world, analysts say.But any meaningful change will have to start with an overhaul of the electricity procurement plan, or RUPTL, by the state-owned utility, PLN. At present, the RUPTL calls for increasing the absolute figure for renewable power generation over the long term, but shrinking its share of the overall energy mix in favor of more coal-fired electricity.The ideal plan would have to offer both fiscal and non-fiscal incentives that would lower the price of renewable power to make it competitive with coal, said Elrika Hamdi, an analyst at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “What’s also important is that the policies taken should be consistent and in effect for a long time in order to give assurance to investors and funders,” she added.Indonesia is currently one of the world’s biggest CO2 emitters, most of it from deforestation and land-use change. However, emissions from the energy sector are poised to dominate in the near future as Indonesia’s demand for electricity continues to rise. The country’s energy consumption growth is among the fastest in the world, with coal accounting for nearly 60 percent of the energy mix in 2018. Its energy policy therefore has important implications not just for the country’s climate future, but also for global efforts to achieve cuts under the Paris Agreement.More: Indonesia’s president signals a transition away from coal powerlast_img read more

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A Third State of Emergency Declared in Jamaica

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – For the third time this year, Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness has declared a state of emergency (SOE) in Jamaica, this time in Clarendon and St Catherine.Speaking at a press conference at Jamaica House on Thursday morning, Holness said the drastic increase in crime in both parishes have led to the need for an SOE. The SOE will be in effect for between 14 days and three months.“This should come as no surprise. The last time I was here, I said that the next time I am at this podium, a state of emergency would be in Clarendon. St Catherine is an addition to this,” Holness said.Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson said, year to date, the parish of Clarendon has been responsible for 100 murders while 91 persons have been killed in the St Catherine South Police Division and 66 in St Catherine North.“The high level of violence has been undermining the lives of residents,” Anderson said.He said the police would be placing a heavy emphasis on investigative strategy and technology. “Our objectives are to maintain a low violence environment and to disrupt gang activity,” Anderson said.In April of this year, a tri-state SOE was declared in the western parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover and St James. In July, a second SOE was declared in the corporate area police division of St Andrew South.Residents of Jamaica continue to criticized the Holness administration’s decision to implement a series of SOEs across Jamaica, with no other measures of tackling crime in the country. But Andrew Holness has constantly defended his decision, saying the government is doing the best they can to implement strategies to fight crime.last_img read more

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Karl Anthony-Towns of Timberwolves gives Clippers fits

first_img“We saw all his talent tonight,” Doc Rivers said. “And, it’s frustrating to watch.”The Clippers had a chance down one after forcing Towns to hoist a desperation 3, but Andrew Wiggins out-leapt Austin Rivers for the rebound.“Him (Wiggins) being an athlete didn’t hurt,” Doc Rivers said.After Wiggins’ two free throws, J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford both had chances to tie on a frantic last possession, but neither shot fell.The Clippers led by six midway through the fourth quarter, but Minnesota used intentional fouling to help climb back in the game. As they sent Jordan to the line on each possession, Towns attacked and kept shrinking the gap while Jordan kept splitting his trips to the free-throw line.Jamal Crawford, who the Clippers had hoped would snap out of a slump, continued to struggle from the field, but he made a pair of plays down the stretch that almost helped the Clippers keep the NBA’s longest active winning streak alive.Crawford grabbed a rebound on a missed Minnesota free throw, and before the Timberwolves could foul Jordan, he zipped a pass the length of the court to Raymond Felton for an easy layup.Crawford also got into the paint and hit a floater to beat the shot clock with 1:28 left to put the Clippers up three, but they were the final points his team would score.“I thought we stopped playing downhill,” Rivers said of his team’s 22 fourth-quarter points.Without Paul and Griffin, the Clipper offense still managed to score, with Austin Rivers adding 20 points to go with Jordan’s big night.But, help will still be welcomed.Thursday morning, Griffin underwent stress tests on the knee after the team’s morning shootaround, sprinting on the court at full speed with sensors on his legs while the team’s medical staff studied the results.Rivers said Griffin would undergo contact work Friday – the first time he’s done so since undergoing surgery on his right knee a little more than four weeks ago. Thursday, they just weren’t big enough.Even on a night where DeAndre Jordan scored a career-best 29 points, the Clippers couldn’t match Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns, who helped lead the Timberwolves back for a 104-101 win, snapping the Clippers’ seven-game winning streak.“He was unbelievable,” Doc Rivers said. “He made a ton of shots. … He made us pay.”Towns scored 27 of his 37 points in the second half (and 15 in the fourth), showing the inside-outside game that has the 2015 No. 1 overall pick pegged for greatness.Towns’ face-up jumper over Jordan in the final minute put Minnesota ahead for the first time since early in the first half. LOS ANGELES >> The best chance for the Clippers over the next month or so was on the bench in a gray slim-cut suit.Blake Griffin, who has been out since undergoing knee surgery, bounded up off the bench when DeAndre Jordan threw down a dunk, when Brandon Bass muscled up a putback and when Jamal Crawford finally got a shot to fall.But with Chris Paul’s left thumb freshly operated on, the Clippers need another play maker way more than they need a cheerleader.Griffin should be on the way – the team is hoping he’ll be able to return on the Clippers’ upcoming roadtrip. But, in the meantime, without either of their top stars, the Clippers were going to need big nights from other sources.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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