The Office of the President is currently assessing recommendations of the Department of Energy (DoE) that would help establish a national policy on the use of nuclear energy as an option for power generation.
Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi on Monday disclosed that his agency has submitted this week the results of the study conducted by the Nuclear Energy Program Inter-Agency Committee (NEP-IAC).
Following the submission, the DoE is now setting up to “open doors for potential collaborative opportunities in the future with the international nuclear energy community.”
Under Executive Order 116, the NEP-IAC spearheads the study for the adoption of a National Position on a Nuclear Energy Program (NEP) which follows the International Atomic Energy Agency guidelines.
Cusi said the national policy aims to include nuclear power in the country’s energy mix.
The order, which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last July, mandates the DoE to revisit the country’s policy on nuclear energy to determine its feasibility as a viable source of power.
Cusi pointed out that the use of nuclear power would boost our energy reserves and protect consumers from power price volatilities in the long run.
He underscored that energy supplied by a nuclear power plant is considerably more secure as compared with energy fueled by fossil, which also requires constant feeds of coal or gas.
The Energy chief reiterated that the promotion of Philippine energy resources through nuclear power plants should be pursued but without sacrificing the country’s national security, especially that it is a highly politicized issue.