Energy minister warns of summer blackouts

February 16, 2012 03:49

Energy and Water Minister Uzi Landau launched a massive informational campaign to save energy, as the country is likely to face electricity blackouts during the summer months.

“The danger of power outages is extremely high in the case of any failure whatsoever at a power plant, and therefore during peak consumption hours,” Landau told journalists at a press conference in Tel Aviv Wednesday. “During the coming summer there will be days when Israel is likely to find itself with a reserve of only 2-3 percent.”

The minister, in part, blamed other government officials for the low reserve, who are outside the realm of the energy market, but initially objected to the establishment of a dual-fueled natural gas and coal power plant in Ashkelon (Takhana D), which could have “on its own prevented the current situation,” according to Landau.

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