WASHINGTON D.C. ― The U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz traveled to Israel. He will continue discussions with Yuval Steinitz, Israeli Minister of National Infrastructures, Energy, and Water Resources, on the ongoing energy partnership between the two countries.
He also will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. These discussions will cover a wide range of issues, including the U.S.-Israel Energy Dialogue, as well as expanded cooperation in energy research and energy water nexus programs.
Secretary Moniz’s visit to Israel is an example of the Department of Energy’s unwavering support for our energy partnership. The Secretary’s trip follows the most recent U.S.-Israel Energy Dialogue, which met in October 2015 and significantly advanced cooperation in clean energy, energy-water nexus, energy cyber security, and energy research partnership opportunities.
Later in the week, Secretary Moniz will travel to Astana, Kazakhstan where he will discuss the progress made between the U.S. and Kazakhstan under the Energy Partnership, which advances goals in the areas of nuclear nonproliferation and security, civilian nuclear cooperation, and clean energy.
Kazakhstan has tremendous potential for utilizing renewable energy sources, the proposed national strategy on renewable energy development is an ambitious objective.
We applaud Kazakhstan for its goal to increase the share of alternative energy to 3 percent by 2020 of overall generation, and to 50 percent by 2050. Furthermore, we recognize Kazakhstan’s leadership in Central Asia to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and plans to implement the climate mitigation agreement made in Paris in 2015.