Tag Archive for IEC

Israel Electric Corporation technician goes extra mile for Holocaust survivor


IEC employee recruits help from his colleagues and the Arad Municipality after posting on Facebook the dire situation of 82 yr-old woman, who’s in need of a new refrigerator after the faulty electrical infrastructure was short-circuiting her home.

By Ilana Curiel


An Israel Electric Company technician arrived on Monday to fix a glitch at the home of an 82-year-old Holocaust survivor, only to discover the woman was living in a rundown house with neglected infrastructure. He decided to take on the project and even got his colleagues on board. Together, they are trying to fix her infrastructure and get her a new refrigerator. Continue Reading »

Clashes between PA and Tulkarem municipality after power turned off


Palestinian residents are taking to the street in protest, as city officials and Abbas’ Palestinian Authority blame each other when electricity to the northern West Bank town was turned off in response to unpaid bills in the millions.



Much of Tulkarm has gone without electricity for the last three days, provoking anger, frustration and confusion.

Residents have taken to the street in protest and called on Israeli and Palestinian authorities to take immediate actions to restore electricity to the northern West Bank city.

Electric poles

Electric poles. – Photo: REUTERS

Meanwhile, younger residents clashed with Palestinian Authority security forces, as Fatah members began staging a protest in Gamal Abdel Nasser Square. Continue Reading »

Power cuts to West Bank over unpaid bills brings payment & negotiations


For full resumption of power, the Palestinians agree to make immediate payment of  ‎₪20 million with promise to engage in negotiations on remaining $444 million within a week, or feel return to ‘darkness.’

By i24news


Israeli and Palestinian officials reached an agreement on Wednesday to stop several days of rolling blackouts in the West Bank over what Israel says is some $450 million in debt.

Israel returns power supply to Palestinian citiesby i24news-en

Under the agreement, the Palestinian Authority would make an immediate payment of  ‎₪20 million shekels ($5.2 million, €4.6 million) and engage in negotiations on the remainder, the state-run Israel Electricity Corporation said in a statement. Continue Reading »

First Jericho, now Bethlehem suffers electric shortages over massive debt 


Israel Electrical Corporation reduced power flow to the large West Bank city because the Palestinian Authority refuses to pay its electrical bills, amounting to the serious sum of $460 million.
• Meanwhile, Israel expands Gaza’s fishing zone.

By The Associated Press


Israel’s state electric company on Monday reduced power to a major West Bank city, saying it would take similar steps in other Palestinian areas over the next two weeks because of unpaid debt.

The Israel Electric Corporation said it had reduced its supply to Bethlehem by 50 percent, days after doing so in the city of Jericho. The company said the internationally-backed Palestinian Authority owes it nearly $460 million. Continue Reading »

Israel pulls the plug to Jericho over PA electricity debt of $450 million


Beginning Thursday, Israel Electric Corp will reduce the power supply to Jericho due to the Palestinian Authority’s more than 1.7 billion shekels of unpaid electric bills.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Israel’s state-run electricity company was set Thursday to reduce the power supply one of the Palestinian Authority’s major cities over a debt of $450 million, an Israeli official said.

The decision by the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) applies to the city of Jericho near the Jordanian border, and comes after the Palestinian Authority and the private Jerusalem District Electricity Company failed to pay longstanding dues, the official said. The Jerusalem District Electricity Company operates in eastern Jerusalem and the surrounding villages.
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Egypt refuses arbitration decision: Pay Israel $1.76b in compensation for halting gas supply


Egyptian PM Sherif Ismail said it will appeal the ruling by the Int’l Chamber of Commerce within 6 weeks & a freeze to the current negotiations between Egyptian companies to import gas from Israeli fields.

By i24news


The Egyptian government has refused to pay a fine of $1.76 billion to Israel over halting gas supplies and has ordered its oil and gas import authorities to freeze talks with Israel.

Leviathan gas field in Israel – Photo: AFP

Egypt and Israel had signed a 20-year agreement where they would sell natural gas to Israel, but the deal collapsed in 2012 after months of attacks by Egyptian militants in the Sinai on the pipeline. Continue Reading »

Palestinian Authority seeks energy independence from Israel

With a debt over $500 million that the Palestinian authorities owe the Israel Electric Company from refusing to pay for its energy, the PA is seeking donors to build them an alternative power supply.

By Linda Gradstein, The Media Line


Palestinians plan to begin using solar, wind and geothermal power in an effort to cut their dependence on Israeli energy and save money at the same time.

Solar thermal collectors in Tirat Carmel – Photo: Mohammad Shinawi

The Palestinian Authority has approved a national plan to reach ten percent power generation from renewable sources by 2020, and a new energy law set to be approved soon calls for energy generation programs. Continue Reading »

Palestinian Authority Settle its Electricity Debt with Israel Electric Company

After forced blackouts in Jenin and Shechem over unpaid electric bills, 300 million shekels of PA tax money to be transferred to the Israel Electric Company.

By Avi Haim & Tova Dvorin


The Israel Electric Company (IEC) and the Palestinian Authority (PA) reached a temporary settlement Thursday, after the IEC introduced rolling blackouts in protest to outstanding debts.

Electricity on the way to the Palestinians – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Under the agreement, the PA will transfer some 300 million shekel (about $75,800,000) in tax money to the IEC in exchange for a halt on the blackouts, which the IEC introduced earlier this week after multiple warnings over the debt.

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MAJOR Daily Mail blunder – twice: It claims Israel flooded ‘Gaza’s major West Bank cities’

Unbelievable inaccuracies for UK news media:
1. There are no dams in southern Israel
2. Nablus & Jenin cannot be “two of Gaza’s major West Bank cities.”


British paper The Daily Mail published a story on Monday that originally accused Israel of intentionally opening dams in southern Israel in order to flood Gaza. The only problem is, as writer and Lydia Willgress has learned the hard way, there are no dams in southern Israel.

Screenshot of the original ‘Daily Mail’ article. – Photo: screenshot

Honest Reporting, an NGO that according to its website “monitors the news for bias, inaccuracy, or other breach of journalistic standards in coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict,” took screen shots of the article before amendments were made. Continue Reading »

Israel Electric Company cuts power to Palestinian cities over unpaid bills

Decision stems from Abbas’ Palestinian Authority’s refusal to cover its NIS 1.9 billion ($492 million) electric bill.
Nablus mayor accuses Israel of exercising ‘collective punishment’

By i24news


Israel’s state-owned electric company cut power to two major Palestinian cities in the West Bank on Monday for roughly 45 minutes over a huge debt of NIS 1.9 billion ($492 million).

Electricity on the way to the Palestinians – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Electricity on the way to the Palestinians – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

“Today, the Israel Electric Corporation limited the supply of electricity to five power lines in Nablus and Jenin for 45 minutes,” a statement by the company read, adding that further cuts down the line were possible. Continue Reading »

Electricity company imposes power-outs over PA NIS 1.8 billion ($475 mil) debt

Israel Electric Corp. chief reports that until a solution will be found to the PA’s ever increasing debt, the power ‘exported’ to the Palestinian Authority will be cut in half for 2 hours each day.

By Lior Gutman, Calcalist


The Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) will limit the supply of power to the Palestinian Authority starting Thursday over a debt of some NIS 1.8 billion.

Electricity on the way to the Palestinians – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

CEO Eli Glickman informed Israel’s security chiefs of the move in a letter sent in early January and set the date for its implementation for the end of the month. Continue Reading »

Israel Inaugurates Country’s Largest Solar Plant

Israel to inaugurate today country’s largest solar energy project in the Negev, which received ‘go-ahead’ for site’s renewable electricity production.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Energix Renewable Energies, the Alony Hetz Property and Investments Ltd. group controlled by Nathan Hetz and the Wertheim family, announced Tuesday that Israel’s biggest solar energy project, at Neot Hovav in the Negev, has received a permanent license for producing electricity, the Globes business newspaper reported.

Solar panels (illustration)

Solar panels (illustration) – Thinkstock

According to the company’s estimates, power production will yield annual revenue of 42-45 million shekels for twenty years.

An event will be held on Wednesday at Neot Hovav to mark the inauguration of the solar power plant, which has an output of 37.5 megawatt.

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For 2nd in time in days, Hamas rocket damages electricity supply-line to Gaza

Gazans lose 20% of their electricity supply.

IEC electricians instructed not to endanger themselves and to make repairs after shooting ceases.


After rocket fire from Gaza hit a second power line that feeds electricity to Gaza on Tuesday evening, the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) instructed its workers to refrain from making repairs until the shooting ceases.

Electricity on the way to the Palestinians (illustrative) – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Electricity on the way to the Palestinians (illustrative) – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

The IEC received orders from National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom to avoid endangering its employees to fix the downed line while Hamas continues to launch rockets from Gaza, the company said.

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Hamas Rocket Damages Gaza’s Electricity Supply, Israel Isn’t Repairing It

Israel’s Prime Minister has directed the IEC not to risk the lives of its employees in repairing the damage caused by Hamas.

By Yosef Berger


Seventy thousand Gazans from Khan Younis and Deir el-Balah were in the dark Sunday night after a Hamas rocket hit the power line that supplies electricity to those places. It’s not clear when Israel Electric Company workers will be able to repair the system, but they are apparently in no rush to do so. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has asked the IEC not to risk the lives of its employees in trying to restore power to the affected sector in Gaza, an operation that could take hours. Continue Reading »

Israel Electric Company Wants to ‘Cut Off PA Tomorrow’

IEC chief Yiftah Ron-Tal discusses the energy ‘revolution’ of Israel’s Tamar natural gas fields and the damage the ‘Arab Spring’ caused to Israel’s electricity.

By Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar


Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yiftah Ron-Tal, Director of the Israel Electric Company (IEC), spoke Thursday at the Ramle Conference on financial policy, where he addressed the Palestinian Authority (PA) electricity debts of 1.4 billion shekels (nearly half a billion dollars).

“If it were up to me, I would cut off their electricity tomorrow,” commented Ron-Tal. “Any private company would have cut off their electricity a long time ago. We’re demanding the PA to pay every last penny.” Continue Reading »