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Gov’t to Ban Extending Lives of Superannuated Nuclear Power Plants
  • By Jung Min-hee
  • August 30, 2017, 01:30
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The Korean government will prohibit the extension of the lives of old nuclear power plants.
The Korean government will prohibit the extension of the lives of old nuclear power plants.

 

The Korean government will prohibit the extension of the lives of old nuclear power plants and scratch off the construction of new nuclear power plants. Aging coal power plants will be shut down earlier and an improvement in environmental facilities will cut back on pollutant emissions 50% by 2030.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy reported the plan in a key policy debate presided over by President Moon Jae-in at the Sejong Convention Center on August 29.

In this report, the government will expand the proportion of renewable energy to 20% by 2030 by shifting the sector and method of supplying renewable energy and therefore securing residents’ acceptability and economical efficiency.

Specifically, the government will shift the center of the renewable energy supply sector from waste to clean energy such as solar power and wind power and from business operators from the outside to local governments and residents. In terms of systems, the government also decided to pursue planned locations in parallel with locations of each individual business operators.

Also in the works are the utilization of eco-friendly farms, fish farms and idle state land through collaborations among ministries and the expansion of joint projects such as the distribution of solar power generation facilities at schools.

The government’s plan also includes the early elimination of seven old coal-fired power plants and the reduction of pollutant emissions by 50% by 2030 through an improvement in environmental facilities. New coal-fired power plants will be built and coal-fired power plants under construction will be transformed into clean LNG ones.