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Premier examines renewable energy options

2012/08/18 16:03:57

Taipei, Aug. 18 (CNA) Premier Sean Chen and other government officials met with industry representatives Saturday to exchange views on how to develop renewable energy and decrease Taiwan's reliance on imported energy.

Energy policy is important because it influences the nation's security, people's well-being, economic development and environmental sustainability, Chen said in a speech at the Executive Yuan.

With 99 percent of Taiwan's energy supply imported and high individual power consumption, the premier said, the nation needs to come up with a comprehensive contingency plan.

"We want to listen to the opinions of industry representatives on this," he said.

The three-hour closed-door meeting was the second in a series of five held by the Cabinet to solve challenges faced by local businesses in the global economic recession.

The topics of discussion have been centered on sustainable electricity supply, development of renewable energy and a legal framework for lower carbon emissions, said Wu Ming-ji, deputy minister of the Council for Economic Planning and Development, which is organizing the forums.

Around 30 representatives from industries such as steel, iron, chemistry and electronics attended Saturday's event.

Their major concerns were the completion of nuclear plant number four, the balance between nuclear power and renewable energy and the stability of electricity prices, according to the Cabinet.

(By Nancy Liu)