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This excerpt taken from the ORA DEF 14A filed Mar 23, 2009.
Board Committees
 
Our Board of Directors has the authority to appoint committees to perform certain management and administrative functions. Our Board of Directors has established, among others, an Audit Committee, a Compensation Committee, and a Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. As of February 28, 2009, Ormat Industries Ltd. beneficially owned approximately 56.12% of our outstanding Common Stock. As a controlled company, we have relied on certain exemptions from the director independence requirements applicable to Compensation Committees and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees under the rules of the NYSE.
 
Audit Committee.  The Company has a separately designated standing Audit Committee established in accordance with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Audit Committee consists of three members, Dan Falk, Jacob Worenklein and Roger W. Gale, all of whom are independent as defined by the listing standards of the NYSE and the SEC. The Board has determined that Mr. Falk, the Chair of the Audit Committee, qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” under the rules of the SEC and that each member of the Audit Committee is financially literate. Mr. Falk also serves on the audit committees of six other public companies. Our Board has determined that his simultaneous service on these audit committees does not impair his ability to serve effectively on our Audit Committee.
 
The Audit Committee selects, on behalf of our Board of Directors, an independent public accounting firm to be engaged to audit our financial statements, discusses with the independent registered public accounting firm its independence, reviews and discusses the audited financial statements with the independent registered public accounting firm and manages and reviews our compliance with legal and regulatory requirements with respect to accounting policies, internal controls and financial reporting.
 
In fiscal year 2008, the Audit Committee continued its oversight of a procedure established by the Company for receiving and addressing anonymous complaints regarding financial or accounting irregularities, among other things. In 2005, the Audit Committee set up an ethics and compliance hotline managed by an independent third party and accessible both through the Internet and by telephone. The information received by the hotline is treated as confidential and anonymous and is both received and retained by an agent of the Audit Committee before all relevant non-compliance information is periodically reported to the Audit Committee.
 
The Audit Committee held four meetings in fiscal year 2008. Further information concerning the Audit Committee is set forth below under the heading “Audit Committee Report”. The charter of the Audit Committee is available on the Company’s website at www.ormat.com. The content of our website, however, is not part of this proxy statement.


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Compensation Committee.  The Compensation Committee consists of three members, two of whom are independent directors. We have appointed Yehudit Bronicki, Dan Falk and Jacob Worenklein to the Compensation Committee. Mrs. Bronicki, who is our CEO and who is not an independent director, is the Chair of the Compensation Committee.
 
The Compensation Committee reviews and either approves, on behalf of our Board of Directors, or recommends to the Board of Directors for approval, (1) the annual salaries and other compensation of our Chief Executive Officer and certain other executive officers and (2) stock and stock option grants. Our CEO, Chairman and President are currently covered by employment agreements which fix the amount of their salary and annual bonus. See “Executive Compensation”. The Compensation Committee also provides recommendations with respect to our compensation policies and practices and incentive compensation plans and equity plans. As described in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis below, our Compensation Committee determines the basket of bonuses and option grants that may be awarded on a company-wide basis and our CEO and Chairman of the Board determine the particular bonuses and options to be awarded to our personnel. Our CEO and Chairman also determine whether and to what degree to award salary increases to any of our other executive officers.
 
The Compensation Committee operates pursuant to a written charter adopted by the Board of Directors, which includes evaluation of the performance of the Chief Executive Officer, review and approval of the compensation of the Chief Executive Officer and all other executive officers of the Company, and recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding non-CEO compensation, incentive-compensation plans and equity-based plans.
 
The Compensation Committee duties and responsibilities also include:
 
  •  making recommendations to the Board as to changes in Ormat’s general compensation philosophy;
 
  •  overseeing the development and implementation of compensation programs;
 
  •  reviewing and approving corporate goals and objectives relevant to the compensation of the CEO, and evaluating the performance of the CEO in light of those goals and objectives; and
 
  •  reviewing and approving the annual compensation of the CEO and Ormat’s five other most highly compensated executive officers who receive total compensation in excess of $1 million per year.
 
The Compensation Committee is authorized to establish subcommittees for the purpose of evaluating special or unique matters and may delegate its authority to a subcommittee or subcommittees.
 
In 2008, the Compensation Committee did not retain any compensation consultants in determining or recommending the amount or form of executive and director compensation.
 
The Compensation Committee held two meetings in the year 2008. The charter of the Compensation Committee is available on the Company’s website at www.ormat.com. The content of our website, however, is not part of this proxy statement.
 
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.  The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee consists of three directors, two of whom are independent directors. We have appointed Lucien Bronicki, Robert F. Clarke and Dan Falk to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Bronicki, who is not an independent director, is the Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
 
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee assists our Board of Directors in fulfilling its responsibilities by identifying and approving individuals qualified to serve as members of our Board of Directors, selecting director nominees for our annual meetings of stockholders, and developing and recommending to our Board of Directors corporate governance guidelines and oversight with respect to corporate governance and ethical conduct.
 
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee regularly assesses the appropriate size of the Board of Directors and whether any vacancies on the Board of Directors are expected due to retirement or otherwise. In the event that vacancies are anticipated, or otherwise arise, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee considers various potential candidates for director. Candidates may come to the attention of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee through current Board members, professional search firms, stockholders or other


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persons. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is responsible for conducting appropriate inquiries into the backgrounds and qualifications of possible candidates.
 
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee adopted a policy regarding consideration of any director candidates as of November 7, 2006. This policy provides guidelines for the identification and evaluation of candidates for positions on the Board of Directors of the Company. According to the policy, candidates must satisfy certain minimum criteria, including an academic degree and business experience to the satisfaction of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. In addition, independent director nominees must satisfy the independence requirements as determined by the Board of Directors in accordance with the rules and regulations of the SEC and the NYSE, as applicable. The policy provides for the Committee to interview and select final candidates for evaluation, and then evaluate the final candidates to determine their qualification for the position as well as compatibility with the Company, its philosophy and its then-current Board of Directors and management.
 
The Company’s by-laws provide that nominations of candidates to be considered by the stockholders may be made at an annual meeting of stockholders by any stockholder who was a stockholder of record at the time of giving notice of the proposed nomination, is entitled to vote at the meeting and follows the notice procedures. To be timely, a stockholder’s notice for the 2009 Annual Meeting of Stockholders must have been delivered to the Corporate Secretary at 6225 Neil Road, Reno, Nevada 89511, not earlier than the close of business on January 6, 2009 and no later than the close of business on February 5, 2009.
 
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will consider director candidates recommended by stockholders in the same manner in which the Committee evaluates any other candidate.
 
The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee held one meeting in 2008. The charter of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is available on the Company’s website at www.ormat.com. The content of our website, however, is not part of this proxy statement.
 
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