REGULATION | Staff Reporter, Taiwan

Taiwanese government urged to rethink nuclear-free decision

Business leaders are worried over energy sustainability.

Taiwan's Central News Agency reported that concerns over the availability of electricity in Taiwan in the future and recently dwindling power reserves caused by equipment breakdowns and intense heat have sparked debate over whether the country should reconsider its policy on nuclear power.

Taiwan has three aging nuclear power plants with a total of six reactors, three of which are currently inactive, and a fourth plant that is not far from being operational but was mothballed in 2014 due to anti-nuclear protests.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government now in power wants to turn Taiwan into a "nuclear-power free" homeland by 2025 by decommissioning the six reactors by then and replacing their output with renewable energy or other alternatives.

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