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Controversial gas power plant approved over energy minister’s objection

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The National Infrastructure Committee on Monday agreed to deposit plans for a private sector gas-fired power station called Kesem, near Rosh Ha’ayin and the Arab city of Kafr Qasim in the center of the country, overriding the opposition of the ministries of energy and environmental protection, as well as municipal authorities.

It also agreed to the furthering of plans for OPC 2, an extension to an existing gas plant, in the northern coastal city of Hadera — also over the opposition of local authorities.

Both plans were deposited, clearing the way for them to be transferred to the relevant district planning committees for comment as well as to be officially opened to the public for comment and objections.

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In August, the Energy Ministry announced that advances in technology would allow Israel to reach 30 percent renewable energy by 2030.

That forecast enabled it to cancel plans for four gas-fired stations: Mevo’ot Gilboa (Gilboa Foothills) south of the northern city of Afula; Sagi 2000, west of Afula; Zvaim near Beit She’an in the northern Jordan Valley; and Hartuv in the Beit Shemesh area, west of Jerusalem.

Maintaining that 100% renewable energy........

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