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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 609687, 8 pages
Research Article

Backup of Renewable Energy for an Electrical Island: Case Study of Israeli Electricity System—Current Status

Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, Ariel University, 40700 Ariel, Israel

Received 8 August 2013; Accepted 13 September 2013; Published 29 January 2014

Academic Editors: A. Klimenko, M. Otero, and A. Zidansek

Copyright © 2014 A. Fakhouri and A. Kuperman. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The paper focuses on the quantitative analysis of Israeli Government’s targets of 10% renewable energy penetration by 2020 and determining the desired methodology (models) for assessing the effects on the electricity market, addressing the fact that Israel is an electricity island. The main objective is to determine the influence of achieving the Government’s goals for renewable energy penetration on the need for backup in the Israeli electricity system. This work presents the current situation of the Israeli electricity market and the study to be taken in order to assess the undesirable effects resulting from the intermittency of electricity generated by wind and solar power stations as well as presents some solutions to mitigating these phenomena. Future work will focus on a quantitative analysis of model runs and determine the amounts of backup required relative to the amount of installed capacity from renewable resources.