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PA wants to break free from reliance on Israeli electricity

Jordan and the Palestinian Authority are about to sign an agreement under which the kingdom would supply electricity to the West Bank.
A worker walks in the new electrical substation near the West Bank city of Jenin July 10, 2017. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini - RC1E2622DFF0
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RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority, representing the Palestinian Authority (PA), and the National Electric Power Co., representing Jordan, are finalizing an agreement on a comprehensive project to be signed before May 20 to increase imported power from Jordan to the Palestinian territories.

The project comes as part of the PA’s efforts to diversify electricity sources rather than rely on only one. The PA imports more than 90% of its electricity needs from Israel. For the rest, it relies on a Jordanian line that feeds Jericho and on solar energy. The new project will serve the West Bank only — excluding the Gaza Strip.

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