biggest challenge faced by the Georgian energy sector is consumption growth,
which makes about 4.5% annually and 16%
compared to 2016,” Gocha Shonia, a member of the Georgian National Energy Regulatory
According to Shonia, the local generation is not keeping up with the growth and
the country has to increase electricity
2018, energy imports amounted to 1, 5 billion kWh, which is almost 2, 5 times
more than in 2017. The main problem is the shortage of capacity - for example, five
hydroelectric power plants were commissioned in 2018 with a total capacity of 65
MW. This is very small and does not solve the problem,” he explains.
situation is complicated by the reduction of investments in the energy sector
that hampers the increase in production to the required level.
vitally important to depend as less as possible on the import of electricity,
since it is expensive and affects the tariff both consumer and corporate. All this hikes the cost of
production and the electricity final
price, ” Gocha Shonia notes.
that, investments should be poured in transmission lines and distribution to
allow supply of additional amounts of
energy to the regions where economic
activity is higher than average throughout the country.
example, Batumi sees a high demand at the height of the tourist season, when it
is visited by hundreds of thousands of people. The city’s infrastructure hardly
copes with uninterruptible power supply and
needs to be thoroughly updated, ” GNERC member notes.
Gocha Shonia’s words, work is underway on the law
on electricity and water supply, which will become the basis for Georgia’s energy market liberalization.
is very important the Commission to take
part in the process which has the
motivated and qualified staff . We can contribute to the market liberalization and
the creation of competitive conditions, ” Gocha Shonia points out.