New joint energy agreement will deepen & strengthen cooperation between the US & Israel in areas of natural gas, fuels & fuel alternatives, smart grid technologies, desalination & water treatment, and the security & cyber-defense of energy and water installations.
By Shlomo Cesana
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and his Israeli counterpart, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, signed a new joint energy deal in Jerusalem on Monday, intended to tighten cooperation between the countries.
The agreement expands areas of cooperation to include fuels and fuel alternatives, natural gas, smart grid technologies, desalination and water treatment, and the physical and cyber-defense of energy and water installations.
The deal was born from the understanding that developing advanced technologies in the fields of energy and water, for the purpose of creating secure methods of delivery while protecting the environment and making energy more efficient, was of utmost importance to both countries.
Steinitz, who accompanied Moniz on a tour of Masada in southern Israel on Monday, said: “The new agreement that was signed today is further proof of the countries’ close relationship. I am convinced that cooperation in the energy field will grow in the coming years. I am thankful to Secretary Moniz for his friendship and cooperation.
“The Unites States is Israel’s greatest friend, and we appreciate this friendship.”
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