Ex-Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said the country would need not one, not two, but at least five Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) to make a dent in consumers’ electricity bills.
This, as the Liberal Party (LP) senatorial candidate insisted that it’s a bad idea for the government to tap the completed but never fueled BNPP.
According to a PNA report, Petilla computed that consumers can only save at most 30 centavos per kilowatt if the Manila Electric Corporation (Meralco) will operate the $2.3-billion BNPP.
Meralco, he said, is currently selling electricity at P11.50 per kilowatt.
The former Leyte governor pointed out that the BNPP is only a 600-megawatt plant. The figure is merely 10 percent of Meralco’s power needs.
If consumers want to pull down electric costs to P5 per kilowatt from the current P11.50 per kilowatt, then the Philippines should be at least five nuclear plants, Petilla said.
“If there are already five nuclear power plants and not only BNPP, then there should be a national policy or a law passed by Congress adopting nuclear energy in the country,” he added.
However, Petilla is convinced that a government policy favoring nuclear energy would never fly in the Philippines. (Jeffrey N. Hardel)