Indonesia passes law to tap volcano power

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JAKARTA: Thee Indonesian parliament on Tuesday passed a long-awaited law to bolster the geothermal energy industry and tap the power of the vast archipelago’s scores of volcanoes. Made up of thousands of islands stretching from the Indian to the Pacific Oceans, Indonesia is home to some 130 volcanoes and is estimated to hold around 40 percent of the world’s geothermal potential. However, it produces only a tiny fraction of its energy by converting underground heat into electricity, and lags far behind others such as the United States and the neighboring Philippines.

AFP

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