Panel to address electricity crisis

Israel’s reserves are in single digits, making blackouts during heat waves a serious possibility.

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS
August 9, 2010 01:51
The Reading power station north of Tel Aviv.

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

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday ordered Finance Ministry director-general Haim Shani to form a committee with representatives of the National Infrastructures and Environmental Protection ministries, to present proposals for dealing with the electricity crisis within 90 days.

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Within their proposals, attention is to be given to how to implement Project D, which is scheduled to be built as a coal-fired power plant or a dual gas and coal plant, as well as how to encourage private power producers.

The proposals will be submitted to Prime Minister’s Office director-general Eyal Gabai, who will add his opinion and then bring them to Netanyahu for approval. The cabinet discussed the electricity crisis at the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday morning. Israel’s reserves are in the single digits, making blackouts during every heat wave a serious possibility.


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