With energy use rising, an old technology makes a comeback in Israel
Around 40% of Israel's electricity is used for air-conditioning, but the rising use of geothermal heat pumps could change the country's energy sector.
Just last month the Israel Electric Corporation imposed a number of blackouts when a combination of high summer temperatures and several brief power plant snafus brought the utility close to its maximum generating capacity. The company recently reported that usage this summer was 9% more than last summer, mainly due to our love of air conditioning. During peak times 42% of electricity demand was for cooling.