Ben Eliezer to present 'future' of energy today

Included in the plan will be the establishment of an R&D team to manage the bidding process for the construction of a new power plant.

By MATTHEW KRIEGER
September 23, 2007 07:51
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binyamin ben eliezer 88 . (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
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National Infrastructures Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer will present to the government today (Sunday) his plan to increase competition in the country's energy sector, to raise Israel's energy production capabilities and to reduce the country's dependency on oil and coal-powered energy. "The National Infrastructure Ministry continues to advance the government's [energy] policy, to increase the number of private suppliers in the market and to bring about change in Israel's energy market," said Ben-Eliezer ahead of the cabinet meeting. "The increase of production of alternative energy is a key component in advancing "cleantech" energy, and will help us to our part in protecting the world's ecology." Included in Ben Eliezer's plan will be the establishment of a research and development team to manage the bidding process for the construction of a new power plant; cooperation between the Infrastructures Ministry and the Finance Ministry for the internationalization of the contracts for planned solar power plants that will be built in the southern Negev and a list of needed steps that will reverse the country's ever-increasing dependency on electricity. The cabinet members will also set an agenda that will lead to increasing competition in the country's energy sector, which is currently dominated by the Israel Electric Corporation. Ben Eliezer's plan has already been presented to the Prime Minister's Office and to the Finance Ministry.

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