National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), Partnership Program of GNERC
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), Regulatory Bridge
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) implemented the regional project of Regulatory Bridge. At the meetings organized with the scope of the project the following issues were discussed: regulation of the Distribution System Operator; 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.
USAID–ის მიერ დაფინანსებული ჰიდროენერგეტიკაში ინვესტიციების ხელშეწყობის პროექტი (HIPP) აქტიურად მუშაობდა ტრანს–სასაზღვრო ვაჭრობის მექანიზმების განვითარებაზე და ახალი ელექტროენერგეტიკული ბაზრის მოდელის შემუშვებაზე. პროექტი კონსულტაციას უწევდა რამდენიმე დაინტერესებულ მხარეს: ენერგეტიკის სამინისტროს, კომისიას, ელექტროენერგეტიკული ბაზრის ოპერატორს და სსე–ს. 2013 წლის 14 ნოემბრიდან აშშ მთავრობამ დაიწყო ახალი პროექტი „ჰიდროგენერაციისა და და ენერგეტიკის დაგეგმვის შესახებ“ (HPEP). HPEP არის HIPP–ის შემდგომი პროექტი, რომლითაც გაგრძელდა საქართველოს საბაზრო ეკონომიკაზე დაფუძნებული ინიციატივების მხარდაჭერა, ჰიდროენერგეტიკულ სექტორში ინვესტიციების სტიმულირების მიზნით.
Electricity Distribution Tariff Reform
EBRD funded the 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 of the proposed methodology against the international best practices.
EU Twinning Project
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’ was carried out in the period of January, 2009 and July, 2010. The project supported good and sound energy regulatory practices in the Partner Countries of the INOGATE Programme and promoted the harmonisation of these approaches.
Expert mission within the TAIEX program (2015)
Expert mission within TAIEX program was implemented 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 was supported and funded by the European Commission. GNERC staff and the license holders operating in the natural gas sector attended the meetings.
EU 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 covered 2 main components:
- Regulatory Cost Audit Rules;
- Market Monitoring Rules.
Project funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) - (2016-2017)
The Project on providing consultancy services to the Commission was implemented under the financial assistance of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) . The project comprised the 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)
Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded the project on strengthening the energy security. The project worked on the issues related to the underground gas storage, tariff setting methodology, legal, regulatory and institutional reforms. The beneficiaries of the project were 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
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 focused on drafting the necessary rules and standards for ensuring regulation and monitoring of water supply companies in accordance with EU standards.
Technical Assistance project of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (2014-2019)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark implements the project about energy efficiency. The special working group was established in the Commission that holds meetings with the representatives of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The group members discuss issues related to energy efficiency and energy sustainability, in particular, data collection, monitoring, accounting and integration of renewable energies into the national electricity network.