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Petilla says no to Bataan Nuclear Power Plant revival

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Reviving the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) is not the answer to ensuring steady energy supply to the country’s growing economy and ending consumers’
suffering from high electricity rates, administration senatorial bet Jericho Petilla said.

Speaking to reporters in Dagupan City on Tuesday, the former energy secretary said in a Philippine News Agency report that based on his estimate,
consumers can only save 30 centavos per kilowatt-hour if the Manila Electric Corporation (Meralco) will operate the mothballed BNPP, Petilla says no to Bataan Nuclear Power Plant revival

Reviving the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) is not the answer to ensuring steady energy supply to the country’s growing economy and ending consumers’ suffering from high electricity rates,
administration senatorial bet Jericho Petilla said.

Speaking to reporters in Dagupan City on Tuesday, the former energy secretary said in a Philippine News Agency report that based on his estimate,
consumers can only save 30 centavos per kilowatt-hour if the Manila Electric Corporation (Meralco) will operate the mothballed BNPP, which is currently selling electricity at P11.50 per kilowatt hour.

Petilla said BNPP can only generate 600 megawatts compared to Meralco’s need of 6,000 megawatts.

Meralco is the country’s biggest power distributor with 5.5 million customers in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Construction of the BNPP was initiated by former President Ferdinand Marcos in response to the 1973 oil crisis.

The building of the plant began in 1976 and was completed in 1984 at a cost of $2.3 billion. At present, Filipino taxpayers continue to pay P50 million annually for its upkeep.
hich is currently selling electricity at P11.50 per kilowatt hour.

Petilla said BNPP can only generate 600 megawatts compared to Meralco’s need of 6,000 megawatts.

Meralco is the country’s biggest power distributor with 5.5 million customers in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Construction of the BNPP was initiated by former President Ferdinand Marcos in response to the 1973 oil crisis.

The building of the plant began in 1976 and was completed in 1984 at a cost of $2.3 billion. At present, Filipino taxpayers continue to pay P50 million annually for its upkeep.

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