The outline of the Yun Seok-yeol government's energy policy has been released.
Compared to the previous government, nuclear power is greatly increased and renewable energy is greatly reduced.
It was also reflected in next year's budget, and there are voices saying that it goes against the global trend of focusing on renewable energy.
Reporter Jang Hoon-kyung reports.
The core of the 10th Basic Plan for Electricity Supply and Demand to be applied over the next 15 years is the expansion of nuclear power generation.
The share of nuclear power in the total power generation is currently 21.5%, but we plan to raise it to 32.8% by 2030.
This is a significant increase compared to the target of 23.9% of nuclear power in the 2030 GHG reduction plan that the government made and reported to the UN 10 months ago during the Moon Jae-in administration.
To this end, 12 nuclear power plants whose design life ends within 2036 will continue to operate and six nuclear power plants will be built as scheduled.
On the other hand, the proportion of renewable energy generation was 21.5%, down 8.7 percentage points from the previous target.
As the proportion of nuclear power has risen, the amount of renewable energy has been reduced.
The feasibility of solar and wind power and the opposition of residents due to the installation were considered.
[Yoo Seung-hoon/Chairman of the 10th Basic Plan for Electricity Supply and Demand: We established a feasible and balanced power mix by increasing the proportion of nuclear power plants and establishing reasonable renewable energy supply goals.]
This principle was also reflected in the budget for next year.
The nuclear power budget increased by 90 billion won, and the supply of new and renewable energy and financial support projects decreased by 300 billion won.
Environmental groups protested against the international trend of increasing renewable energy generation.
There are also criticisms that it does not fit with the RE100 campaign in which domestic companies participate to secure competitiveness.
[Jang Sang-hoon / Greenpeace Climate Energy Campaigner: The (domestic) companies participating in RE100 are also using (only) 2% of renewable energy.
A lot of negative impact on the export-oriented Korean industry…
This working-level plan is expected to be finalized in December after a public hearing.
(Video coverage: Kim Won-bae, Video editing: Jo Moo-hwan)