DOE calls on Indonesia to finish coal ban – GMA Information On-line

The Philippines' Division of Power has urged Indonesia to elevate its current ban on coal exports, with the DOE warning Monday the coverage could have a "detrimental" influence on the coal-reliant nation.
Indonesia, the world's largest exporter of coal used to generate electrical energy, this month stopped fossil gas shipments to safe its home energy provide.
The Philippines imports about 70 p.c of its coal provide and almost 97 p.c of that comes from Indonesia, official information present. Many of the coal is used for energy technology.
Jakarta's ban on January coal exports could be "detrimental" to nations just like the Philippines that depend on coal-fired energy, Power Secretary Alfonso Cusi mentioned in a letter to his Indonesian counterpart final Thursday, in response to a DOE assertion on Monday.
"Energy generated from coal includes about 60 p.c of the nation's energy demand," Cusi added.
International Secretary Teodoro Locsin has been enlisted to enchantment towards Indonesia's resolution by way of the Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the assertion mentioned.
Japan has additionally issued an analogous enchantment to Indonesia.
Indonesia's export ban was imposed after coal miners failed to fulfill their obligation to put aside 25 p.c of output for the home market.
That despatched international costs of coal increased because the northern hemisphere's winter demand for power peaks.
Final 12 months the Philippines imported 2.3 million metric tons of coal a month from Indonesia, Cusi mentioned.
"We're not after the whole manufacturing of Indonesia. What we simply need to get is what we’re already getting," mentioned DOE spokesman William Fuentebella.
It isn’t clear if the grade of coal bought by the Philippines is similar as that burned by Indonesia's energy stations.
The DOE will meet with the nation's coal-fired energy plant operators this week, officers mentioned. — Agence France-Presse