PH use of nuclear energy still under study: energy dept

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 25 2017 04:58 PM

MANILA - The government is still studying the possibility of tapping nuclear energy, including using the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant for the first time, a spokesperson for the Department of Energy said Monday.

The Philippines has adequate power supply, though reserves sometimes get thin, Fuentebella told ANC's Market Edge with Cathy Yang. Luzon was briefly placed on "yellow alert" last Friday, due to insufficient back-up power after some plants were shut down.

"With regards to nuclear energy, the scientists and the government are still working on it because we are still on the first phase of whether or not we will go to nuclear energy," Fuentebella said.

The Philippines is hosting Association of Southeast Asian Nations meetings on energy, with the goal of ensuring affordable power in the region while bringing down subsidies.