Considering that Korea has been working hard to export their nuclear energy technology, it does not look good when the locals do not trust the technology you are trying to sell:
Korea will build as many as 18 thermal power plants by 2027 while also significantly expanding the generation capacity of clean, renewable power sources, such as solar and wind farms, the government said yesterday.
The move comes as the country’s electricity consumption is expected to grow by an annual average of 2.2 percent, from 482.5 billion kilowatt-hours this year to 655.3 billion kilowatt-hours by 2027.
The country’s peak power demand is expected to grow at a faster rate of 2.4 percent per year from 79.7 million kilowatts in 2013 to over 110 million kilowatts in 2027, according to the Ministry of Knowledge Economy.
The government sets a 15-year power supply plan in place every two years. The latest is the sixth of its kind.
Under the new plan, the government seeks to increase the total generation capacity of clean, renewable sources to 12 percent of total consumption in 2027, compared with only 7 percent in 2025 under the fifth power supply plan announced two years earlier.
An additional 15.8 million kilowatts of electricity will come from the 18 new power plants in the plan approved Friday.
To secure enough supplies, the government has given out licenses to public and private companies to build 12 new thermal power plants using coal and six using natural gas.
Plans for new nuclear power plants, on the other hand, have been suspended.
“Considering the people’s worsened sentiment toward nuclear power plants following the accident at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant (in March 2011), the government decided to withhold any decision on new nuclear power plants that were earlier set to be completed between 2025 and 2027,” the ministry said. [Joong Ang Ilbo]