JERUSALEM, May 28 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli Electricity Authority on Sunday launched a nationwide incentive plan to optimize energy use by decentralizing the electricity grid and building local storage facilities.
The plan will encourage the building of autonomous energy storage and production facilities near urban areas with high electricity consumption, said a statement issued by the authority.
The plan aims to optimize the electricity grid use, improve the reliability of supply amid the increasing electricity demand, combat climate change, and help meet governmental targets to promote the use of renewable energy, it noted.
The storage facilities near the high consumption areas will avoid the need for additional networks that would have significant planning and environmental consequences, save high costs, and prevent electricity loss, the ministry noted.
Energy storage will prevent the overproduction of electricity, reduce the gap between the supply and the local demand throughout the day, save the resources of the electricity grid, and serve as a substitute for the electricity grid in certain areas, it added.
The plan's incentives will be given to storage facilities that will be connected to the high voltage system and that will allow distributors to manage their loading in accordance with network management considerations. ■