Israel green light for first national ESS plan

Israel green light for first national ESS plan

Israel green light for first national ESS plan 620 395 Energy Storage Journal

May 4, 2023: Planning chiefs in Israel have approved a blueprint for an 800MW/3,200MWh energy storage park comprising a variety of ESS technologies, the government announced on May 2.

The energy and infrastructure ministry said the National Council for Planning and Construction had given the green light for the project in the north of Haaretz — the first time Israel had approved a detailed national outline plan dedicated to energy storage.

The plan, which is set for formal sign-off by the government, provides for the construction of four ESS complexes, each with a capacity of around 200MW to be built in stages “according to the needs of the system and different storage technologies”.

The battery systems would collect and store renewable power produced by solar facilities in the region for transmission via the grid during hours of electricity peak demand.

Energy and infrastructure minister Israel Katz (pictured right) said in a subsequent Tweet on May 4 the ESS plan “includes the ability to provide ‘kosher electricity’ to ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods on Shabbat (the Jewish day of rest) instead of the current polluting generators, without raising the price of electricity for the general public”.

 In a separate announcement, Katz said: “Saving energy in this way will allow us to increase the production of renewable energy, improve the reliability of the electricity supply and stabilize the functioning of the network — measures that will contribute directly to the growth of the economy.”