Govt scales down nuclear plan

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BANGKOK, 11 June 2012 – The National Energy Policy Council has agreed to the third revision of the Power Development Plan (PDP) and scaled down the nuclear power plant plans. 

Energy Minister Arak Chonlatanon revealed after a meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, that the National Energy Policy Council agreed to the third revision of the 2010-2030 PDP, in response to the rising electricity demands due to the government’s plans to go ahead with a number of infrastructures projects.

The council also approved a plan to generate 25% of the overall energy from alternative energy within 10 years. Under the plan, the nation’s energy reserve will account for at least 15 percent of the country’s maximum energy demand.

Thailand will also seek to produce at least 10 percent of the overall power production in the form of renewable energy

In the meantime, the generation of electricity from nuclear power plant has been scaled down from 10% to 5% of all energy production. The planned nuclear power plant plan has also been put off for three years, from 2023 to 2026, to make sure of the safety issues.