Committee: Build power stations, reduce demand

Interministerial c'tee adopted National Infrastructures Ministry’s development plan for electricity market that was presented earlier this year.

November 23, 2010 00:35
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The Reading power station north of Tel Aviv.

reading power station 311. (photo credit: Yossi Weiss)


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New power stations must be built over the next five years to meet demand for electricity, an interministerial committee told the National Infrastructures and Finance ministries Monday.

The committee, which was tasked with coming up with recommendations within 90 days, adopted the National Infrastructures Ministry’s development plan for the electricity market that was presented earlier this year.

The committee recommended several specific steps:

• First, the three natural-gas-powered power stations currently under construction should be completed. They would add another 400 MW capacity. The Treasury is putting together a proposal to finance their construction.

• Second, reduce demand by implementing the National Infrastructures Ministry’s energy efficiency plan. The plan calls for a 20 percent reduction in demand by 2020. The ministry has been pushing legislation that outlaws energy-guzzling appliances and electronics. The energy efficiency plan aims to reduce greenhouse gases.

• Third, more steps should be taken to increase the country’s electricity generating capacity.

The interministerial committee is supposed to present its conclusions to the government in the coming weeks.

The committee is still evaluating the economic ramifications of the controversial Project D, another coal-fired power plant in Ashkelon, and is to present its findings to the government in January.

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