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Abakus Solar chairman: Solar has a bright future Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 07/01/2010 04:16 Thomas Sandner dismisses potential difficulties in the market. http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=180047 Thomas Sandner, chairman of the board of Abakus Solar, dismissed potential difficulties in the global solar energy market this year telling The Jerusalem Post instead that solar had a “bright future” and predicting increased demand. Sandner spoke to the Post […]

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Only half of approved solar panels installed Haaretz

By Avi Bar-Eli http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/business/only-half-of-approved-solar-panels-installed-1.299592 Yesterday was the deadline for hooking up solar panels to the national electricity network, but only 53% of panels that businesses were licensed to install have been connected. The Israel Electric Corporation approved requests to connect solar panels with a total of 51 megawatts of production capacity before December 14, at […]

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Iraqis pay as crime bosses steal electricity supplies Jordan Times / APF

By Ammar Karim Agence France-Presse http://www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=27974 BAGHDAD – Private power providers in Baghdad are selling electricity at almost four times the maximum legal price, exploiting shortages and stifling summer heat while crime bosses pilfer dwindling public supplies. Even though suppliers are breaking the law, people feel compelled to pay up in an unregulated market because […]

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Fishermen’s union sues Egypt over Red Sea oil spill Jordan Times / Reuters

http://www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=27951 CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian fishermen’s union is suing the government over an oil spill near the Red Sea coast, which it says polluted 17 islands off the coast, the union’s head said on Wednesday. Officials in the Red Sea city of Hurghada said earlier last month that the spill had polluted areas along […]

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Cost of water for households increasing by 5% Haaretz

By Amiram Cohen http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/business/cost-of-water-for-households-increasing-by-5-1.299601 The cost of water to households increased yesterday by 5%. The new price is NIS 8.50 per cubic meter per person for the first 2.5 cubic meters a month. From that point, water will cost NIS 12.50 per cubic meter. The price includes municipal charges for sewage services. Water for industry […]

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Karak project to stop water loss Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=27916 AMMAN – A new JD5.5 million project aims to solve water loss in Karak Governorate, where over half the water is lost due to poor infrastructure, officials said on Tuesday. Under an agreement signed yesterday by the Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ), the German Development Bank (KfW) and a local engineering […]

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Isramco may have gas find, wonders who will buy it Haaretz

By Avi Bar-Eli http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/business/isramco-may-have-gas-find-wonders-who-will-buy-it-1.299548 Oil and gas exploration partnerships controlled by Jacob Maimon may have found yet more gas in the Mediterranean seabed. However, it may not be worth the companies’ effort to find out any more about what they might have discovered. Isramco and other Maimon partnerships yesterday reported the results of a three-dimensional […]

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Actions against Neviot, Mei Eden allege carcinogens in water jugs Haaretz

By Nurit Roth http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/business/actions-against-neviot-mei-eden-allege-carcinogens-in-water-jugs-1.299543 Two identical lawsuits were filed Tuesday against mineral water bottlers Mayanot Eden, which markets the Mei Eden brand, and Neviot. Both suits, each of which seeks NIS 32 billion in damages, were submitted to the Tel Aviv District Court. The plaintiffs asked the court to certify the suits as class actions. […]

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First renewable energy workshop kicks off in Beirut Daily Star

Friday, July 02, 2010 http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=1&article_id=116627#axzz0siWMRqVB BEIRUT: The first workshop on renewable energy was launched in Beirut Thursday under the patronage of Environment Minister Mohammad Rahhal. The workshop was dubbed “Renewable Energy & Environment: a knowledge based Development initiative” and was organized by the Lebanese nongovernmental group Young Men’s Christian Association. It was funded by the […]

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Young Jordanians to debate water issues Jordan Times

By Laila Azzeh http://www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=27919 AMMAN – For the next three months, young Jordanians across the country will debate water policies and issues as part of a new awareness campaign. The Kingdom’s water resources will be at the centre of a nationwide debate competition organised by the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the Princess […]

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Africa’s biggest wind farm opens in Morocco Jordan Times

http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=27862 TANGIERS, Morocco (AFP) – Morocco’s King Mohammad VI inaugurated Monday a 250-million-euro ($300 million) wind farm near Tangiers, which an official source said was the biggest in Africa. The new wind, farm, which cost some $300 million, is located in Melloussa, 34 kilometres from Tangiers in northern Morocco and has 165 turbines, with a […]

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Lebanon steps up efforts to bring in new energy law – officials Daily Star

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=2&article_id=116504#axzz0sF4pgfST BEIRUT: Lebanon is accelerating efforts to introduce a new energy law, Lebanese officials said on Monday, in response to Israeli plans to drill for gas in Mediterranean waters. The discovery of major gas reserves by a US-Israeli consortium off the coast of Israel has raised fears in Lebanon that its […]

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Is the sun setting on the solar energy boom? Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 06/25/2010 18:34 Israel’s solar energy industry faces ruin. http://www.jpost.com/Magazine/Features/Article.aspx?id=179386 Given the amount of sunshine this country gets, it was not surprising that when the government decided that 10 percent of electricity must come from renewable resources by 2020, solar power became the main method to achieve that goal. However, solar power […]

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Analysis: New technologies are not ‘bankable’ Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 06/25/2010 18:33 No new Israeli photovoltaic (PV) technology is ready for deployment yet. http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/ScienceAndEnvironment/Article.aspx?id=179388 Being an alternative energy technology company is rough going these days. Renewable energy power plants, especially solar ones, are extremely capital intensive. Without government support for extended periods of R&D, some companies are scrambling for funds to […]

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Something’s going to blow Jerusalem Post

By RON FRIEDMAN 06/25/2010 22:55 The residents of Zichron Ya’acov and its environs – vowing to use any means necessary and showing lots of chutzpa – have joined forces to battle the government and the newly empowered energy sector. http://www.jpost.com/Features/InThespotlight/Article.aspx?id=179445 Looking to the west from the top of a hill in Zichron Ya’acov, all you […]

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New sewage pipeline to protect public health in Jerash Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=27878 AMMAN – Health and environmental conditions in the northern village of Souf, home to several freshwater springs, will be improved under a project to revamp sewage services, a government official said on Monday. Under an agreement signed yesterday by the Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ) and USAID, an 8.5-kilometre sewage pipeline […]

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UN raps Palestinians over electricity crisis in Gaza Haaretz/ Reuters

Gaza’s sole power plant, which provides 25 percent of its electricity, was forced to shut down over the weekend as a result of a payment dispute between Hamas and PA. http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/un-raps-palestinians-over-electricity-crisis-in-gaza-1.298584 The United Nations Relief Works Agency on Sunday urged Palestinians to stop in-fighting and resolve a deepening electricity “crisis” in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, […]

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Minister upbeat after trip to raise awareness, funds for Red Sea project Jordan Times

By Hana Namrouqa http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=27885 AMMAN – Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Najjar on Monday expressed optimism over the results of a recent trip to build international support for the Jordan Red Sea Project (JRSP). During his visit to the US last week, Najjar met with representatives from funding agencies, including the Overseas Private Investment […]

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OPEC urges US to reconsider offshore drilling ban Daily Star

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=3&article_id=116508#axzz0sF3gkZ8J BRUSSELS: OPEC called Monday on the United States to reconsider a ban on new deep-water drilling that could hold back oil supplies – despite safety concerns in the wake of the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Abdalla Salem El Badri, secretary general of the 12-member Organization of Petroleum Exporting […]

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Nature guides may be hiding facts to avoid offending religious hikers Haaretz

The Knesset is expected to look into the possibility that Israel Nature and Parks Authority guides at the Soreq Cave Nature Reserve are concealing the true age of the cavern’s stalactites, stalagmites. By Jonathan Lis http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/nature-guides-may-be-hiding-facts-to-avoid-offending-religious-hikers-1.298848 The Knesset is expected to look into the possibility that Israel Nature and Parks Authority guides at the Soreq […]

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