By: Justin Su, Huang Chiao-wen and Elaine Hou, Central News Agency
From a long-term perspective, Taiwan needs to increase its use of renewable energy and natural gas power generation as it works to achieve the goal of a “nuclear-free homeland,” Premier Lin Chuan said Tuesday.
The government will propose a renewable energy development program aimed at further developing solar energy and wind power and come up with relevant follow-up plans, Lin said in response to a lawmaker’s questions during a legislative floor session on how the Democratic Progressive Party government is working to achieve its goal of making Taiwan nuclear-free by 2025.
Opposition Kuomintang Legislator Lin Wei-chou noted that nuclear power accounts for about 16 percent of the energy produced in Taiwan, adding that he is opposed to a hike in electricity prices in order to push for the nuclear power-free goal. [FULL STORY]