Jiang says national energy conference scheduled for Sept.
April 29, 2014, 12:03 am TWN
TAIPEI--A national energy conference aimed at ensuring a stable supply of electricity for Taiwan's future is scheduled to take place in late August or early September before the next legislative session, Premier Jiang Yi-huah said yesterday.
The conference, which will be organized by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), is expected to hold "rational" discussions on possible energy alternatives if the construction of Taiwan's fourth nuclear power plant is discontinued indefinitely, Jiang said at a press conference.
Failure to complete the plant's construction and operate it could result in power shortages in the future, while the planned retirement of Taiwan's first, second and third nuclear power plants without viable backups would inevitably lead to higher power rates, he said.
Economics Minister Chang Chia-juch said the MOEA will invite representatives from government, academia and the private sector and energy researchers to participate in the conference, with other details to be decided soon.
The need to reconsider Taiwan's energy future grew more pressing after President Ma Ying-jeou on Sunday bowed to public pressure and decided to stop work on the plant, only adding to the uncertainty over the facility's future.
Taiwan currently generates 19 percent of its electricity from nuclear power, but it is planning to decommission its three active nuclear power plants between 2018 and 2025, potentially leaving a major power gap.