Marcos govt revives nuclear energy program

The new administration will update the existing Nuclear Power Roadmap, in partnership with the private sector, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), experts and stakeholders, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).

During the President’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA), the DOE was directed to revisit the government’s strategy toward building nuclear power plants.

“The government shall explore the possibility of developing small-scale modular nuclear power plant or its derivatives, subject to compliance with safety standards and regulations of the IAEA,” DOE said.

The updated nuclear roadmap will guide the Nuclear Energy Program Implementing Organization (NEPIO) and the Nuclear Energy Program Inter-Agency Committee (NEP-IAC) in implementing activities to address the challenges of the nuclear energy program.

The current roadmap comprises phases bounded by timelines and covers soft and hard infrastructure.

Meanwhile, DOE said it would also formulate the National Total Electrification Roadmap (NTER) by implementing the Microgrid Systems Act.

As of June last year, the country’s household-level electrification stood at 95.8 percent.

“The DOE is mandated to prepare and publish annually the NTER, a comprehensive national strategic plan to accelerate total electrification in the country covering the various local total electrification roadmap and the Distribution Development Plans,” DOE said.

The NTER is targeted to be released within the first half of 2023 and will serve as the basis for the updated household electrification targets, which will be incorporated into the Philippine Energy Plan.