AMID safety issues, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi bared that the Department of Energy (DOE) has initiated a study on the possible utility of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP).
The move was lauded by Senator JV Ejercito and commended Cusi for being open and considering a plethora of options in tapping for energy sources, including the revival and utilization of BNPP.
“I must admire you Secretary Cusi for considering nuclear energy. Now that yellow alerts and forced outages are recurring, it is time that we think outside of the box. Right now, nuclear is the cheapest source of power generation,” Ejercito, who has been pushing for the use of the controversial BNPP, told Cusi at yesterday’s energy committee hearing.
Ejercito raised the BNPP’s potential in addressing the energy demand as DOE officials briefed the committee on the status of the country’s power supply.
“I had the opportunity to visit the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant and was surprised to see that it remains in good condition. President Cory Aquino when she took over, though she had hesitations of its use, allotted an annual P50-million maintenance fund for the BNPP. That is why up to this day, it still can be used,” Ejercito noted.