Cabinet postpones vote on renewable power

Fate of a proposal to increase caps on megawatts of electricity produced by solar, wind and biogas still undecided as ministers disagree.

Landau (photo credit: Ahikam Seri/Bloomberg)
(photo credit: Ahikam Seri/Bloomberg)
Amid disputes among his ministers, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu decided mid-meeting on Sunday morning to postpone a cabinet vote that would have determined the fate of a proposal to increase caps on megawatts of electricity produced by solar, wind and biogas.
“The Israeli government again chooses to postpone decisions, and thereby conveys uncertainty and particularly an inability to make decisions,” National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau said as he left the meeting. “On the table is a decision that began more than 10 months ago and that was approved last April by the Ministerial Committee on Renewable Energies, headed by the prime minister of Israel.
Already published were policy documents of the National Infrastructures Ministry, from which decisions were made on the subject, and it was known that environmental protection comes with cost.
Therefore, it is impossible to work over and over on this.
Dawdling and zigzaggery will lead to the paralysis of the renewable energy field.”
A spokesman from the National Infrastructures Ministry confirmed to The Jerusalem Post that while there were arguments during the cabinet session over the plan for updated renewable energy policies, the prime minister decided to postpone the decision “for his own reasons.”
The proposal aims to have 5 percent of the nation’s energy generated from renewables by 2014 and 10% by 2020, which would be accomplished by generating an estimated 2,760 megawatts from these sources, according to the agenda for Sunday’s meeting.