Energy chief proposes use of nuclear energy in the country — Palace says

  • Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said use of nuclear in the country was proposed during Cabinet meeting
  • Panelo said DOE Sec. Alfonso Cusi shared that the proposal seeks to address the expected rapid growth in electricity demand
  • President Rodrigo Duterte would study the energy chief’s proposal

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo has disclosed that the possible development and use of nuclear energy in the country was proposed, during the Cabinet Meeting on Monday, to address the expected rise in electric consumption of Filipinos.

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Panelo said Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi discussed the preparations of the government for short-term and long-term outlook in the power sector, as well as the corrective policy issuances being undertaken.

Manila Bulletin quoted the spokesperson saying, “Sec. Cusi likewise sought the approval of the issuance of a proposed executive order for the inclusion of nuclear power in the country’s energy mix as the Philippines is expected to have a rapid growth in electricity demand, in which a 24/7 power is essential and necessary.”

Panelo added that the proposed Executive Order was submitted to the President on February 20, 2020, but it has yet to be approved. He said President Rodrigo Duterte would study the energy chief’s proposal.

People’s opinion regarding the possible use of nuclear energy seems divided. Some said it is the answer to the country’s energy needs while others said it is too expensive and poses danger to the lives of people living near the facility; according to Philippine Star.

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The DOE Secretary has earlier disclosed that his office has been working closely with the International Atomic Energy Agency to study the feasibility of the safe use of nuclear energy in the country.

Duterte in 2018 said safety should be the priority when deciding whether to tap nuclear energy for the country’s power needs.

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