Dept of Energy lauds EO signed by Duterte on possible use of nuclear energy in PH

Dept of Energy lauds EO signed by Duterte on possible use of nuclear energy in PH

Can you imagine the Philippines having one of the cheapest electricity in Asia?
Well that is the hope and it would seem a goal attainable now that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has signed an Executive Order for a in dept study on the viability of including nuclear power in the country.

Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi said its signing by President Rodrigo Duterte last July 24 is a “major step towards the realization of a Philippine nuclear energy program.”

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“The Department of Energy welcomes EO 116 as a major step towards the realization of a Philippine nuclear energy program — one which would benefit our people by enhancing our energy supply levels and help shield our consumers from traditional power price volatilities,” Cusi said.
The President thru the EO orders the creation of the Nuclear Energy Program Inter-Agency Committee (NEP-IAC) that will be chaired by DOE and the Department of Science and Technology as its vice chair.

Under the newly signed EO, the NEP-IAC shall conduct a pre-feasibility study evaluating and assessing the need for introducing nuclear power in the country’s energy mix.

The NEP-IAC is also ordered to review the existing legal framework, study the viability of nuclear energy, and recommend necessary steps in the use of nuclear energy including, but not limited to, Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP).
“I believe that once we have successfully addressed infrastructure gaps as identified by the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), and we have fulfilled all other necessary national requirements, our people and future generations will reap the economic benefits a nuclear energy program brings,” the DOE chief added.
The NEP-IAC is expected to submit its initial report of the study by January 2021.
“Nuclear power is a reliable alternative to attain energy sufficiency and meet future power demands,” the DOE Sec. Cuisi said.

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