TAIPEI – Taiwan will not abandon its goal of becoming nuclear free, the government said on Friday, even though its citizens opposed eliminating the country’s nuclear energy by 2025 in one of 10 referendums held on Saturday.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has made it clear the country’s aim to become nuclear free remains unchanged, government spokesperson Kolas Yotaka said on Friday.
The country was to eliminate the use of nuclear energy by 2025 and adopt a combination of renewable energy (20 percent), natural gas (50 percent), and fossil fuels (30 percent) by that deadline.
But after close to 59 percent of Taiwanese voters rejected eliminating nuclear power last weekend, Cabinet said the country had abandoned the plan and would incorporate some flexibility into its energy plans.
Taiwan has four nuclear power reactors operating in three plants, which account for around 15 percent of the electricity generated in the island, according to official data.
The country suspended the construction of its nearly finished fourth nuclear power plant, which would have included two advanced reactors, after strong protests erupted following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.