The Israeli Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure has announced a ILS17bn (US$4.5bn) multi-year plan to develop Israel’s electricity transmission network. The plan extends to the year 2030 and includes over 400 new transmission projects, with some addressing regulatory, cost, and technological barriers that impede grid development in the country.
The plan is expected to double the number of 400 kV lines in Israel over the 2023-2030 period, as well as increase the number of 161 kV lines by 30% and raise the number of substations and switching stations by about 50%. The plan also seeks to facilitate the integration to the grid of renewable energy facilities.
The plan is designed to improve the reliability of the electricity supply in the country and respond to an increasing demand, notably from the expected surge of electric vehicles (EVs). The Ministry of Energy estimates that the number of EVs in Israel will increase from about 70,000 today to 1.3 million by 2030.