Energy Matters - March 2015

Energy Matters
March 2015

Lawmakers Request $2 Million for U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation

Reps. Brad Sherman (D-CA), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Bill Johnson (R-OH) led 106 House members in a letter supporting continued funding for the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation Program as part of the FY16 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, The Hill reported. First authorized in 2007, the program unites the Department of Energy with Israel’s Ministry of Energy and Water in a joint grant program to facilitate advanced R&D in an array of energy technologies. Since its inception, the United States has contributed $11.7 million to the program, matched dollar-for-dollar by Israel. In turn, these investments have catalyzed $27 million in private sector cost-share.

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Israel, Egyptian Firm Reach Gas Agreement Worth $1.2 Billion

Israel’s Tamar partners have agreed to supply Dolphinus Holdings in Egypt with $1.2 billion worth of natural gas from its offshore field as part of a seven-year agreement, reported Reuters. The deal requires Israel to provide at least 5 billion cubic meters of gas in the first three years, but the overall total could be much higher, according to an energy official involved. Tamar is operated by Houston-based Noble Energy, in partnership with Israeli companies Delek Drilling, Avner Oil, and Isramco Negev.

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Israel and Jordan Sign Monumental Water Deal

Israel and Jordan have signed a water cooperation deal to curb the depletion of the Dead Sea and supply citizens of both states with clean water, reported the Times of Israel. The project will include construction of a desalination plant near the Jordanian Red Sea town of Aqaba and a 200 km long pipeline that will pump 100 million cubic meters of water annually to the Dead Sea. Israeli Energy and Water Resources Minister Silvan Shalom hailed it as “the most significant agreement since the peace treaty with Jordan.”

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Israeli-Linked Energy Firm Nominated for Nobel Prize

Gigawatt Global, an American-Israeli led energy firm, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as it prepared to launch the largest solar field in East Africa, the Jerusalem Post reported. The 8.5 megawatt solar field is located in a Rwandan village for children orphaned during the 1994 genocide and is slated to provide six percent of the country’s power. The project “uses a hybrid model to address two critical issues facing Rwanda and indeed much of Africa today: a growing number of orphans and marginalized children, as well as a lack of a sustainable energy model for the continent,” said Israeli MK Shimon Solomon.

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Akron and Israel to Collaborate on Water Innovation

The city of Akron, Ohio has entered into a far-reaching agreement with Israel to create an Advanced Waste Water Treatment Project, according to WKYC Akron and Canton News. The initiative is aimed at bringing Israeli water treatment solutions and advanced technologies to the U.S. and global market. "This Project will create new jobs and investment…further our water initiative, and place Akron in the forefront of water innovation and technology," said Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic.

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Fiat Chrysler Signs Pact with Israel on Fuel Tech

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Israel under the Israel Fuel Choices Initiative, reported the Times of Israel. The agreement will focus on the development of natural gas-based fuel alternatives, with the potential to expand into R&D collaboration with Israeli companies. Israel is a leader in alternative energy innovation, developing a number of hydrogen, biofuel and electric transportation technologies.

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