DOE proposes EO to include Nuclear Power in the PH energy mix

DOE proposes EO to include Nuclear Power in the PH energy mix




Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi is taking his chances with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte because he is seeking the approval of an executive order (EO) to include nuclear power in the Philippines’ energy mix.
Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo said Cusi made his proposal during the 47th cabinet meeting led by the President himself.


 Panelo said Cusi made the proposal as the Philippines is expected to have “a rapid growth in electricity demand, in which a 24/7 power is essential and necessary.”
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Cusi’s proposed EO is among the short-term and long term solutions for the power sector and the corrective policy issuances being undertaken by the Department of Energy (DOE).
“The proposed EO was submitted to by the OES (Office of Executive Secretary) to the President on February 20, 2020. It has not been approved yet,” Panelo said.
Panelo clarified that the revival of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in Bataan was not discussed in the meeting.


Under the current Constitution nuclear power plants are prohibited. Duterte said he will discuss the proposal with members of his Cabinet.
The Philippines under the Duterte administration has been looking at Russia to invest in the Philippines’ energy sector.
In November 2017, the Philippines and Russia agreed on a nuclear cooperation program under a memorandum of cooperation signed during the 12th East Asia Summit.
Cusi said this cooperation is part of the government’s intention to develop a variety of applications for nuclear energy that are within policies, particularly for power generation




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