National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)
The partnership Program provided the opportunity for the exchange of experience and information between U.S. and Georgian regulatory bodies with the goal of improving regulatory practices and fostering long-term sustainable relationships between regulators in both countries.
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), South-East European Bridge – (2016)
Regional project of South-East European Bridge has been carried out by National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). The meetings have been held within the framework of mentioned project on the following issues: Distribution System Operator’s regulation; Institute of competitive supplier and its regulation; role of the competitive supplier within retail market conditions; issues related to the supplier of last resort, regulation of renewable energies and quality of service and etc.
The USAID Hydropower Investment Promotion Project (HIPP) was actively working on developing cross border trading mechanisms and the new electricity market model. The project was consulting various stakeholders including MoE, GNERC, MO and GSE. US Government launched Hydro Power and Energy Planning Project (HPEP) on November 14, 2013. HPEP is USAID’s follow-on project to the HIPP and continued supporting Georgia for market-based initiatives to stimulate investments into the hydro power sector.
Electricity Distribution Tariff Reform
EBRD financed study about “Electricity Distribution Tariff Reform” in 2013. Within the project the consulting company KEMA reviewed the new tariff setting methodology and performed gap analysis between proposed methodology and international best practices.
The EU financed Twinning project “Strengthening capacities of the Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC) in updating incentive based electricity tariff methodology” (E10/ENP-PCA/EY/11), Sept 2012 – June 2014. The project aimed at strengthening the capacities of GNERC and developing new electricity tariff setting methodology. The main objectives of the project was to significantly increase the knowledge and skills of GNERC’s management and its staff in the electricity sector regulation with specific reference to incentive based electricity tariffs, benchmarking, data monitoring and management and quality of service regulation in line with the EU acquis and best practices. The project was implemented by E-Control, the Austrian energy regulatory authority.
The EU funded project under INOGATE ‘Capacity-Building for Energy Regulators in Eastern Europe and central Asia’ January 2009-July 2010 – ext. project supported good and sound energy regulatory practices in the Partner Countries of the INOGATE Programme and promotes harmonisation of energy regulatory practices among them.
Expert mission within the TAIEX program (2015)
Expert mission within TAIEX program has been organized at Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission. The project concerned issues related to natural gas sector, retail market and customer switching. Experts made presentations on important issues such as: customer switching rules within Natural Gas Sector, natural monopolies, role of the Distribution System Operator during customer switching and other significant matters. The project had been supported and funded by the European Commission. The meetings were attended by the representatives of the Commission and Licensees operating in Natural Gas Sector.
Twinning Project (2016-2018)
EU funded Twinning Project on “Strengthening Capacities of the Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC) in Regulatory Cost Audit and Market Monitoring” has been implemented by the Austrian Energy Regulatory Authority (E-Control) and National Commission for Energy Control and Prices of Lithuania (NCC).
Twinning project comprised of 2 components:
- Regulatory Cost Audit Rules;
- Market Monitoring Rules.
Project funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) - (2016-2017)
Project funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on providing consultancy services to the Commission has been implemented. The project comprised following issues: calculation of losses in electricity and natural gas sector, quality of service regulation in electricity and natural gas sector, licensing in natural gas sector, investment appraisal, unbundling of activities in natural gas sector, and unbundling of accounts and implementation of Uniform System of Accounting.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) project on Strengthening Energy Security (2017-2018)
The project envisaged issues related to the underground gas storage, tariff setting methodology, legal, regulatory and institutional reforms. The beneficiaries of the project have been: the Commission, Ministry of Energy of Georgia, Ministry of Finance of Georgia, Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation, Georgian Gas Transportation Company and the representatives of the private sector (companies, industrial consumers).
Asian Development Bank (ADB) project on Drafting Cost - Plus tariff setting methodology and technical standards for the Regulated Utilities, also on the functional Unbundling
of Water Supply Companies (2016-2017)
The basic purpose of the project was assistance of the Government of Georgia in strengthening capacities of Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission, specifically, in training its staff with regards to the tariff setting methodology. The project also encompassed preparation of necessary rules and standards for ensuring regulation in accordance with the EU standards and monitoring water supply companies