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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