Moving beyond coal

Israel is newly rich in offshore natural gas reserves; in 2018 natural gas will fuel 71% of electricity production.

“We have to relate to natural gas as a bridge to the end of reliance on polluting coal.” says Leehee Goldenberg, our attorney on energy and economic resources. Four further coal-fired plants are due for closure by 2022.

Successful inclusion in the energy market of smaller, private power stations is dependent on major reworking of the national electricity grid.

“Infrastructure must be expanded, made reliable and resilient in order to carry multiple producers,” comments Dr. Arye Vanger, energy scientist. It is a massive challenge. He adds, “Equally concerning is the lack of policy clarity on how renewables will grow from 2% today to 17% by 2030”.

After successfully suing the Energy Ministry for foot-dragging on the national energy strategy and on energy efficiency, Adam Teva V’Din is now managing a robust stakeholder engagement program. “We sit with the Public Utilities Authority, with renewable energy producers, the IEC and new energy producers, with communities impacted by energy infrastructure, and even the gas producers,” says Leehee. “Whatever it takes to get things moving in the right direction.” Adam Teva V’Din is determined that Israel arrive at 2048 with a diverse and sustainable energy sector with minimalized environmental and health risks. Arye Vanger: “We are in this for the long haul.”