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President reaffirms goal of nuclear-free Taiwan by 2025

ROC Central News Agency

2016/06/08 19:33:31

Taipei, June 8 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) stressed Wednesday that her administration's goal to phase out nuclear power by 2025 "has never changed and will never change."

Tsai, who serves concurrently as chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), made the statement during a meeting of the party's Central Standing Committee, amid controversy over a government plan to restart a reactor at the country's No. 1 nuclear power plant to ease possible power shortages.

Tsai said that making Taiwan nuclear-free by 2025 is a commitment the DPP has been emphasizing repeatedly in every election and that her administration's energy policy has undergone many discussions before being finalized.

However, she admitted that many challenges remain on the road toward that goal, as evidenced by the tight electricity supply situation in recent weeks due to high demand caused by high temperatures.

She said the new government will not leave people with no other alternative but to choose between "power shortages and nuclear power," and she directed her administration to explain the government's plans to transform Taiwan's energy structure to the public as soon as possible.

First, the president said, the relevant agencies must ensure that efforts to expand and renew the equipment at existing power plants are completed on schedule and even ahead of schedule.

Second, the new government's energy conservation program should be implemented soon, she went on.

Third, a clearer timetable should be worked out to guide the promotion of renewable energy, she added.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Y.F. Low)
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