Israel and Cyprus are expected to discuss linking the two countries’ electricity grids as part of a European Union program to create a broad European-Asian electricity network, private-sector sources said on Wednesday. The subject is expected to come up next week at a summit meeting to be attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
The prospect of linking Israel’s power grid to Europe’s is considered important to Israel because it would provide the country an alternative source of power in the event the national electricity grid suffers a major technical problem or is overburdened.
The European Union maintains a joint electricity grid. Although Cyprus, an island nation, is an EU member state, it is not yet hooked up to the grid, but efforts are now underway to complete the process. At the same time, the European Union is seeking to have Israel linked into the network through an underwater transmission line from the Hadera power station, south of Haifa, that would run to Cyprus and Greece.