Maximizing Renewable Electricity in Israel: Energy Security, Environmental Impact, and Economic Development
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The search for energy security and growing concerns over global environmental degradation, juxtaposed against the promise of economic development, have led to increased worldwide attention to the implementation of renewable electricity technologies. For the State of Israel, located amidst a hostile neighborhood of oilsupplying countries, the need for energy security is paramount. In addition, Israel’s global obligation to reduce negative environmental impacts has become a major focus of public policy. Moreover, favorable forecasts of economic growth in the Clean Technology industry in Israel are now the driving force behind sustainable innovation. It is in Israel’s best interests to make the implementation of renewable electricity in Israel a high priority through public policy initiatives as well as through industry development. The February 2010 Plan for the Integration of Renewable Energy Sources into the Israeli Electricity Sector (PIRES) by Israel’s Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, while well intentioned, falls short of putting Israel on track for large-scale, integrated deployment of renewable electricity technologies. The centerpiece of this study is the author’s modifications to this document, Yasner-PIRES (Y-PIRES), which will not only lead Israel to much needed electricity security, but will also help to reduce harmful environmental pollution and will provide extensive economic development through a more comprehensive implementation of renewable power into Israel’s electricity mix.