How the ‘electricity gap’ could grow to be a massive problem for Israel
A gap in the electric grid could eventually cause massive disruption in the country’s electricity sector, as more and more of the countrys power generation comes from natural gas, according to a new study.
The study by the Israel Energy Agency (IEA) and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (TUI) concluded that Israel has already exceeded the capacity of the grid when compared to other European nations, but it warned that the grid could also become less reliable over time.
According to the study, the Israeli electric grid will likely have to be restructured to provide for more natural gas generation by 2025, while the gas supply from Europe will also be needed to meet demand from Israel’s electricity users.
“In order to ensure an efficient and sustainable energy supply to the Israeli population, a new electric grid must be built to provide a reliable supply of electricity,” said IEA director-general Yossi Cohen.
“The study showed that the existing electric grid has reached its limits in providing the necessary electricity.”
According to IEA’s latest projections, the electricity shortfall will continue to increase as natural gas supplies increase over the next five years.
IEA expects natural gas to make up almost half of the Israeli electricity supply by 2030.
Gas shortages are already widespread in Israel.
According to the Israel Gas Authority (IGA), gas supply is a factor in nearly two thirds of Israel’s gas-dependent electricity generation, which comes from gas pipelines that are under construction in a wide variety of areas.
According a report released by the agency last year, nearly two-thirds of gas pipelines in Israel are either under construction or under construction for a combined total of more than 6,000 kilometers (3,700 miles).
IGA’s figures also show that gas pipelines are in place in more than 50 percent of Israeli towns, and more than 30 percent of the rural areas in Israel’s northern regions.
The new study also found that more than 20 percent of all electricity generation in Israel comes from coal, the most polluting of the fossil fuels.
IGA forecasts that, from 2025, the country will have to rely on coal at a higher rate than in any other country, and this could have a devastating impact on the country.
“It is very clear that the need for a new, modern and more sustainable energy grid is paramount for Israel’s future,” Cohen said.
“As long as we are dependent on natural gas for electricity, there will be a tremendous risk of a gas-driven power shortfall.”
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