Government of Philippines to allow nuclear power into energy mix

The Government of Philippines has signed an executive order allowing nuclear power to be included in the country’s energy mix as the government transitions away from coal-fired power plants in order to meet its climate targets.

Coal-fired power plants currently serve around 60 per cent of the Philippines’ overall energy needs. To overcome power disruptions and excessive electricity bills, the country plans to usenuclear power. An inter-agency committee has also been tasked with investigating the possibility of reopening the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP). Due to safety concerns, previous attempts to use nuclear energy in the Philippines had to be put on hold.