Yesterday electricity prices rose by 8.3 percent, completing an annual increase of more than 22 percent.
The official reason for the increase in price, according to the captains of the system and its spokespersons, is the increase in coal prices in the world.
According to them, there is no choice but to chain this price increase, which amounts to almost NIS 2 billion, down to us, the consumers.
Apparently, you consumed - you paid.
But not really.
In the last two years, significant works had to be carried out at the power plants of the Electric Company, in order to transform a significant part of the plants into ones that are powered by natural gas and not coal.
The works were all supposed to be completed by 2025, but in the last two years they were delayed, dragged and smeared as usual.
Therefore, the transition from using coal to using natural gas has not really progressed.
For those who missed it and weren't really with us, I have news: the State of Israel is a gas powerhouse.
In recent years, the huge gas reservoirs discovered and developed here have been exporting natural gas, and in the last year, with the Russia-Ukraine war, gas has become as expensive as coal.
I remind those who have forgotten: in recent years we have been told how much these gas reservoirs will lower electricity prices in Israel, significantly improve production costs for manufacturers, and in fact lower prices significantly, because Israel, as part of the contracts with the companies that developed the reservoirs, was supposed to be the main customer which also buys the gas relatively cheaply.
All of this abbreviated history should have led to the fact that, despite world inflation and despite the skyrocketing coal and energy prices, Israel should have been an energy oasis, where the use of gas and the use of solar energy would lead not only to lower prices, but also to green energy and reduced coal consumption.
So that's it, no.
One of the most celebrated politicians in Israel is the outgoing Minister of Energy, Karin Elharer.
In recent days, despite the increase in electricity prices, I have not heard a single interview in which someone tried to ask her what she has been doing in the past two years - I have the feeling that the answers were also of no interest to anyone, because Elharar is the baby of the Israeli media, and she is a politician who is allowed to.
The failure of the price increase - 22 percent and more in 2022!!!
- sitting exclusively on the former minister Alharr, and somehow there was silence.
Like Elharar, the government of change also turns out to be one of the failed governments in the economic aspect, and not only in the field of energy.
Failure is due to neglect and lack of interest.
We are paying the heavy price of the decisions of the outgoing and current government and will pay more in the coming months.
The prices of public transport, food, housing - and now the prices of electricity, property taxes and fuel - will reach every area of our lives.
In Israel there is no personal responsibility for politicians, there is authority, noise and bells and whistles.
Will Alharer pay for its failure to transfer the electricity stations to use gas, thereby preventing the increase in electricity prices in the parents' homes in Israel?
Teflon does not work on electricity.
The strongest households in Israel will be able to survive the coming months.
In contrast, the households below the poverty line will probably not be able to pay for the most basic product in our lives - electricity.
And may we all have a warm winter.
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