Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 10 February 2015
At a recent national energy conference, President Ma Ying-jeou expressed his view that Taiwan should not arbitrarily abandon any energy options if it does not want to suffer electricity shortages.
Addressing the conference in Taipei, Ma agreed with calls for Taiwan to phase out nuclear power but proposed doing so gradually and in a way that does not cause power shortages, increase electricity rates or violate the country's commitment to reduce carbon emissions.
He said his administration's decision last year to halt construction of the nearly completed fourth nuclear power plant was aimed at leaving open a possible energy option for future generations.
Whether the plant should be put into operation in the future will be determined by a national referendum, according to the government's decision.
Also at the conference, the leader of the opposition, Tsai Ing-wen, said that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will continue to rally efforts to end the monopoly of state-run energy companies. She said the party will propose amendments to the current electricity act in order to balance out public and private stakes in the sector and boost efficiency.
Frederic Laplanche, the EU Representative to Taiwan, who also attended the conference, suggested that Taiwan can do more to utilize renewable energy sources.
He said that Taiwan is a global leader in solar panel production and possesses nearly 20 percent of the world’s market, yet, solar accounted for less than 1 percent of its overall energy consumption.
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Source: Focus Taiwan, Taipei Times