Jordan, February 6, 2019
Decision on renewable energy projects temporary

Amman, Feb. 5 (Petra) -- Renewable energy projects have not ceased, and that a decision to halt applications for electricity generation stations of both conventional and renewable energy is temporary until a new national energy strategy is in place with a proper infrastructure, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati said on Tuesday.

In a symposium organized by Edama, an association for energy, water and environment, the minister said that licensed and underway projects 'will not be affected by the decision that will also not impact power projects with a capacity less than 1 megawatt that primarily supply schools, houses, places of worship and small factories.'

She said that committees will be set up to participate in discussions to draw up a national strategy for the energy sector in the second half of 2019 that will include regulatory measures and mechanisms regarding electricity generation in the Kingdom.

Zawati talked about challenges facing the energy sector in Jordan, including renewable energy, and the government's efforts to find solutions through regulation, an enhanced infrastructure and broadening the transport network in cooperation with neighboring countries.

She called on the participants to cooperate with the ministry to come up with proposals that would contribute to putting in place a clear and transparent mechanism to serve the best interests of the public and ensure the preservation and sustainability of electricity in accordance with the legislative framework, regulation of the sector and a ban on random projects.

She underscored the importance of Edama in bringing together the public and private sectors and pool efforts to sustain the energy sector in Jordan, especially renewable energy.