DOE sees nuke energy potential


The Department of Energy (DOE) is looking at the viability of nuclear energy as the Philippines intensifies its electrification programs amid increasing population and strong economic growth.

DOE data showed that demand for electricity is expected to grow by an average of 5 percent per year until 2030, or around 126 terrawatthours (TWh) from the 2015 level of 82 TWh.

“To meet this requirement, we have to weigh all our options, with emphasis not just on meeting capacity requirements, but sustainability and environmental obligations as well,” Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said on Tuesday during the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Conference on the Prospects of Nuclear Power in the Asia-Pacific Region.

“Given its known characteristics, nuclear technology can be a viable choice for the country. We are told that on a [level]basis, nuclear power is an economical source, high on productivity and reliability, and low on costs and emissions. It is also said that the nuclear infrastructure and system is more cost-efficient in the long-term,” Cusi noted.

“Reports and special studies also say that operation of nuclear plants has become safer, more predictable and more dependable, with useful life of over 60 years,” he added.

With the new findings, technological advancements and successful experiences of countries around the world, nuclear energy holds promise for the national interest, especially in light of the country’s long-term energy plans, Cusi said.

The country’s power generation mix as of the end of 2015 is composed of 45 percent coal, 25 percent renewable, 23 percent natural gas and 7 percent oil.

The 2015 installed capacity mix is made up of 66 percent fossil fuels, 15 percent of which is in natural gas.

Cusi said the Philippines must have its own Energy Technology Roadmap to guide in the selection, adoption and innovation of technologies for its own use.

“This will require us to look at all current and emerging technologies and the many factors needed to make best use of them,” he added.

A total of 18 IAEA member-states are participating in the three-day conference: Bangladesh, Canada, Finland, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, South Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Vietnam and the Philippines. VOLTAIRE PALAÑA


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  1. Mga sir last n nag maroon Ng nuke plant leak s Japan dahil sa natural calamities namoblema silang advance ang technology. tayo pa ang gagamit nyan. Ang DEPED sa list nila wala pang kurso na may koneksiyon sa nuke technology. Last I heard ang nag offer ang De Lassal Ng engineering na may koneksiyon sa nuke technology pro prang indirect ang approach. Enlightened us don’t became a science project of news stands head line.

  2. HENRY SY has a responsibility to pay for the restarting of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant since SM is the single biggest private consumer of national electricity, and one reason consumer billings are so high.

  3. Peter Gonzales on

    Revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant as a cheap source of electricity. This investment should be put to use for the benefit of the people and break the monopoly that is in place for so long in our energy network.

  4. The Philippines should utilize the BNP Bataan nuclear power built by F. Marcos. The late Cory Aquino and her cabinet and other groups whose business interest are threatened to utilize the BNP to serve its purpose of making the country independent in oil and to lower the price of power generation in favor of the Filipino people. THEY REFUSED BECAUSE ITS FERDINAND MARCOS PROJECT AND THEIR BUSINESS ARE IN JEOPARDY. LET THE FILIPINOS CARRY THE BURDENS OF HIGH POWER PRICES RATHER THAN TO PERPETUATE THE GOOD VISION OF FERDINAND E. MARCOS. THATS THE REASON.??

  5. Mga uto uto naman kac ang mga Filipino sa mga Aquino. Meron na nga kayong nuclear plant sa bataan ayaw ninyong gamitin. Buong mundo nagdadagdag. Pati Japan na may aksidente sa nuclear na yan nagdadagdag. Yan ang isa sa dahilan ng inflatioN.Naniniwala naman kayo sa mga demonyong aquino. Project daw ni Marcos.?

  6. Yea right, This country has not even proved it can operate a electric company reliably much less a nuclear power plant. Where is it going to be built that isn’t on a earthquake fault line or in danger from a typhoon or a tsunami.

    Ceneco has steel towers rusting and collapsing proving that they don’t even check their infrastructure. Just look outside at the mess of telephone and power lines and tell me if you want these retards operating a nuclear power plant.