The Defense Ministry reported on Sunday a savings of about NIS 35 million in 2014, as a result of shifting electricity consumption to private power producers. During 2014, the private power plant Dorad, generating electricity from natural gas, provided more than 90 percent of the IDF and Defense Ministry's power needs, the ministry said.
Already in 2004, the Defense Ministry had negotiated rates to purchase electricity from the forthcoming power plant at tariffs lower than those of the Israel Electric Corporation, the ministry added.
"The target that the Defense Ministry set during the past decade is proving itself already in the first year of operation," said Bezalel Treiber, deputy director-general and head of the operations, logistics and property division of the Defense Ministry. "We are currently exploring additional ways to reduce power consumption costs, including the establishment of solar fields and independent facilities for power generation using natural gas in military bases."