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INOGATE & Georgia

Georgia is a founding member of INOGATE and has benefited from 36 of 69 INOGATE projects since 1996. With the seat of the INOGATE Regional Coordination Office for the Caucasus Region in Tbilisi, Georgia is well placed to coordinate INOGATE projects in the region. INOGATE continues to support Georgia in various areas of the energy sector:

  • Energy markets: Georgia's energy markets have benefited from the development and review of its tariff methodologies in electricity and gas in line with EU practices and its internal electricity market models have been reviewed and analysed. INOGATE is also working under the coordination of the Ministry of Energy on the development of the legal and regulatory framework leading to a greater approximation of the Georgian legislation with the EU Acquis Communitaire on Energy. INOGATE also provides support for Georgia’s membership to the Energy Community.
  • Energy security: In order to achieve a greater level of energy security in the future, it is imperative that Georgia has in place adequate infrastructure not only serving its domestic energy demand, but also to accommodate regional energy flows. State-of-the-art infrastructure, however, requires appropriate regulatory and commercial mechanisms that ensures its technical and economic efficiency. Electricity market stakeholders such as the Georgian State Electrosystem (GSE) and Electricity System Commercial Operator (ESCO) are working with INOGATE in the development of the appropriate planning procedures and commercial models required for a enhancing regional trading and accommodate an increased share of RES in the country’s energy mix. Similarly, the Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation and Georgia's Gas Transmission Pipeline Network are working with INOGATE in developing the required knowledge base and practical skills for the operation of maintainance the existing networks as well as for planning, design and construction supervision of their future high pressure gas infrastructure.
  • Energy standards: With INOGATE support in the standards area, a European-style gas Technical Committee was set up to strengthen Georgian institutional capacity in the uptake of European and international gas standards. Georgia received 112 translated European and international gas standards, 12 of which have been already adopted as inter-state standards, identical to international standards. The Road Map and Action Plan for the harmonisation of gas and electricity standards are currently being developed together with the programme of adoption of priority electricity standards for 2014-2016.
  • Energy investments: Georgia's banking sector has benefited from INOGATE training and workshops to improve its financing of sustainable energy projects and to enable its access to the credit lines of international financial institutions.
  • Energy efficiency: To improve the energy efficiency of buildings, INOGATE undertook an energy audit and training that has led to the refurbishment of a nine-storey residential building in Tbilisi using energy-efficiency technologies, highlighting the potential of energy efficiency for investment returns.
  • Energy statistics: In a move to align its statistical activities with those of the EU and international agencies, with INOGATE assistance, Georgia has developed its Energy Statistics Action Plan for 2012-14, carried out surveys in the enterprise and households sectors and compiled its annual energy balance for 2013 according to international standards.

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INOGATE is placing increased focus on sustainable energy as the energy source of the future. INOGATE supports investments to this sector through geospatial mapping of renewable energy as a visual tool to support investment dialogue between policy makers, potential investors and the renewable energy supply chain.

INOGATE continues to support initiatives such as the EU's Covenant of Mayors, whereby cities commit themselves to reducing CO2 emissions by 20% through the implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans. Tbilisi hosts a branch office of the Covenant of Mayors Secretariat and nine Georgian cities (Akhaltsikhe, Batumi, Gori, Kutaisi, Rustavi, Tbilisi, Telavi City Hall, Telavi Municipality and Zugdidi) have already signed up to this ambitious initiative.

To support energy market reforms, INOGATE's prototype study on tariff setting methods in the Partner Countries recommends appropriate revisions to tariff setting methodologies in line with relevant EU practices. INOGATE supports energy supply security with a comprehensive study on state-of-the-art technologies to reduce gas losses.

Other key areas of continued INOGATE support include the development of the energy statistics system and the harmonisation of priority gas and electricity standards.

As of 2013, Georgia is a candidate country for full membership of the EU Energy Community. INOGATE provides continuing technical assistance to Georgia so that it can adopt and put into practice the EU rules on energy, have closer ties with the EU's single market, attract investment and increase the financial stability of its energy sector.

The INOGATE Technical Secretariat and Georgia jointly defined the activities for implementation in the period of 2015-2016 and agreed them with the European Commission. This country work plan can be found here.

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INOGATE & Georgia

Last & first name ▾ Organization Position Role
Todradze, Gogita National Statistics Office of Georgia Head of Business Statistics Division ESN: Horizontal Group - Energy Statistics Network
Tchkonia, Malkhaz GSE Chief Dispatcher TEG 1: Technical Expert Group - Energy Markets and Infrastructures
Tavdumadze, Liza Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Georgia Deputy Head of Investment Project Department WG 4: Working Group 4 - Investment Attraction
Tavberidze, Mikheil GSE Head of Electricity Contracts Registration and Control Service TEG 1: Technical Expert Group - Energy Markets and Infrastructures
Tabaghua, Sulkhani GEOSTM Head of Information Centre for world trade organization of Georgia, CHAIRMAN OF ELECTRO TECHNICAL COMMITTEE TEG 2: Technical Expert Group - Standardisation
Shevardnadze, Promete GEOSTM General Director TEG 2: Technical Expert Group - Standardisation
Shariqadze, David Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Georgia Head of Energy Division WG 3: Working Group 3 - Sustainable Energy Development
Shalamberidze, Michael GGTC Head of metrrology service TEG 2: Technical Expert Group - Standardisation
Sandroshvili, Keti ESCO Adviser to the General Director TEG 1: Technical Expert Group - Energy Markets and Infrastructures
Rostomashvili, Zviad GGTC Deputy director TEG 1: Technical Expert Group - Energy Markets and Infrastructures
Pirtskhelani, Nana Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Georgia Chief Adviser to the Minister CC: Country Coordinators
Partsvania, Maka Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Georgia Legal department. Main Specialist TEG 1: Technical Expert Group - Energy Markets and Infrastructures
Partsvania, Maka Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Georgia Chief Specialist of Investment Project Department WG 1: Working Group 1 - Energy Market Convergence
Oniani, David GOGC Deputy Head of Commercial Department TEG 1: Technical Expert Group - Energy Markets and Infrastructures
Oniani, David GOGC (Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation) Commercial Director WG 1: Working Group 1 - Energy Market Convergence
Okroshidze, Irakli GOGC Head of Commercial Department TEG 1: Technical Expert Group - Energy Markets and Infrastructures
Mazmishvili, Rusudan ESCO Head of Commercial and Financial Department TEG 1: Technical Expert Group - Energy Markets and Infrastructures
Lagvilava, Eleonora GNERC head of common affairs dept TEG 1: Technical Expert Group - Energy Markets and Infrastructures
Kurdovanidze, Dimitri Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Georgia Department of Energy and Natural Resources, Senior Specialist TEG 1: Technical Expert Group - Energy Markets and Infrastructures
Klateishvili, Tamar Ministry of Energy Senior Adviser to the Minister for Energy Policy ESN: Horizontal Group - Energy Statistics Network
Gvarishvili, Oleksii Energorynok Deputy Head of Perspective Development Department TEG 1: Technical Expert Group - Energy Markets and Infrastructures
Goguadze, Anton GOGC Haed of Construction Supervision Department TEG 1: Technical Expert Group - Energy Markets and Infrastructures
Gogiashvili, Eldar GNERC deputy head of legal department TEG 1: Technical Expert Group - Energy Markets and Infrastructures
Gochitashvili, Teimuraz GOGC Advisor to General Director TEG 2: Technical Expert Group - Standardisation
Gocha, Shonia Georgian National Electricity Regulatory Commission (GNERC) Commissioner RR: Horizontal Group - Regulatory representative
Ghubianuri, Elene Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Georgia Acting Head of International Relations Department WG 2: Working Group 2 - Energy Security
Gendzekhadze, Levan GNERC head of electricity tariff division TEG 1: Technical Expert Group - Energy Markets and Infrastructures
Džavakishvili, Tejmuraz GOGC Head of Design Unit TEG 2: Technical Expert Group - Standardisation
Dgebuadze, David GSE Coordinator of Electricity Metering Systems TEG 2: Technical Expert Group - Standardisation
Chitadze, Giorgi GEOSTM Head of Standardization Department TEG 2: Technical Expert Group - Standardisation
Bedoshvili, Gulnara GNERC head of gas tariff division TEG 1: Technical Expert Group - Energy Markets and Infrastructures
Ambokadze, Vakhtang ESCO Deputy General Director TEG 1: Technical Expert Group - Energy Markets and Infrastructures