President Tsai reiterates goal of phasing out nuclear energy by 2025

Taipei, March 11 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen reiterated Sunday her administration's goal of phasing out nuclear energy in Taiwan by 2025.A "Nuclear-free homeland by 2025 has been stipulated in the law," Tsai said on her Facebook page, noting that Taiwan is undergoing a change in the development and use of energy.An amendment to the Electricity Act was approved by the Legislative Yuan on Jan. 11, 2017 requires all nuclear power operations to end by 2025.Referring to an anti-nuclear power march held on the same day in Taipei with about 2,000 protesters taking to streets, Tsai said the government and the public have the same goal of building a nuclear-free homeland."That goal however can not be achieved in a single jump," she said, stressing that her administration is in the process of making the preparations needed to phase out nuclear energy in Taiwan as scheduled.The direction toward the nuclear-free homeland will not change, Tsai assured. "We will continue our efforts."The capacity of solar power generation facilities in Taiwan has been increasing rapidly and offshore wind power development has also expanded, while the efficiency of traditional coal-fired power generation and related technologies has greatly improved, the president noted.