Business leaders say mothballing of nuclear plant presents challenges and opportunities (2014/04/29)

Industrial leaders expressed mixed views today over plans to mothball the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant. While many fear that higher electricity costs will drive away investors, Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou said the policy shift presents an opportunity for local businesses to find ways to save energy. 

According to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, mothballing the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant without providing an alternative source of energy will lead to risk of power rationing by 2018. It estimates a rise in rates of 40 percent. The director-general of the Chinese National Federation of Industries worries this will affect willingness to invest in Taiwan.

Rock Hsu
Chinese National Federation of Industries
For domestic sales, of course if costs become more expensive it will be reflected in prices consumers pay.

Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou is more optimistic.

Terry Gou
Hon Hai Chairman
Whether or not the nuclear plant is built, I think everyone needs to look at ways to save energy. We are doing this in our Taiwan factories. The government must establish an industrial structure that allows labor costs and social resource costs to produce added value. The more added value, the lower the impact of higher electricity fees.

Hon Hai has made investments in automation and non-labor manufacturing. Gou believes progress is still possible when changes such as these are combined with reforms to energy, industrial structure and electricity rate calculations. 

企業談電價

核四停工,未來交給全民公投來決定。不過經濟部也提出警示,最快在4年後,民國107年,台灣將出現缺電、限電的危機,電價也將上漲。因此工總理事長許勝雄認為,電價漲會影響到招商,不過鴻海董事長郭台銘則認為,不妨藉此將台灣產業升級。

核四封存,經濟部評估若無替代電源,2018年將會出現限電風險,而且電價也將上漲四成。企業主們也表示看法,首先工總理事長許勝雄就認為,這將會影響投資意願!

[[工總理事長 許勝雄]]
“在國內銷售的部分,當然它成本會上漲,會反映到消費者的價格裡面”

但鴻海董事長郭台銘,倒是比較樂觀。

[[鴻海董事長 郭台銘]]
“不管將來核電蓋不蓋,我覺得節能是一個必須大家要面對的事實,這一點我們在台灣的工廠也在做。政府一定要制訂一個產業的結構,人力的成本以及社會的資源成本,投進去產出的附加價值,產出的附加價值比較大,它的電費應該講就應該比較便宜”

鴻海集團已經投入自動化和無人化製造,郭台銘建議不妨從「節能」的角度,調整台灣產業結構,還有電價的計費方式。

 

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