Korea to reduce dependency on nuclear energy
Korea has been advised to maintain its dependency on nuclear energy below 30 percent for the next 20 years.
A committee for the National Energy Master Plan on Sunday urged the government to maintain the ratio in the range of 22 to 29 percent by 2035.
The figure compares to the 41 percent proposed under the previous administration, that put high emphasis on nuclear power for its energy policies.
"The plan focuses on balancing safety and public acceptance, as well as economic aspects and environmental issues."
Korea's current ratio sits at around 26 percent, which means the government should maintain its current level of reliance.
The committee also proposed the government raise electricity fees,.. as part of efforts to curb excessive consumption, while lowering costs of alternative energy sources, such as liquefied natural gas to reduce dependency on nuclear power.
The government has also been advised to reduce electricity consumption by at least 15 percent during the 20-year period, while maintaining its dependence on renewable energy sources at 11 percent.
The draft comes in the wake of mounting safety concerns after Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident and recent corruption scandals at the nation's nuclear plants.
A public institution allegedly fabricated test results for a device used to prevent nuclear accidents, while the government has also found hundreds of forged test certificates for parts used in the nuclear reactors.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.