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					Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory

      International Partnership,
      Projects and Future Plans

                     Department for Public and International Relations
                                                 September 14, 2012
International Relations

Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory
Commission has a longstanding experience of cooperation with
various international organisations. International relations are
one of the main priorities of the Commission.

The main partners are:

   With the direct support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID),
    the energy and water supply institutes and basic legislation have been establishen in
    Georgia (1997 – the Law on Electric Power and 1999 – The Law on Electric Power and
    Natural Gas);

   The Commission is regularly participating in the USAID projects aimed towards
    improvement of energy situation and regulatory environment:

   USAID funds the participation of the Commission staff in various training courses, working
    meetings and conferences, as well as capacity building activities;

   Besides this, the Commission has participated in USAID Project Employment Forum. The
    project supported employment of students in various energy companies and projects;

   In accordance with the internationally accepted practices, the Commission provides
    internship for the students. The Commission regularly cooperates with the various
    universities, the high grade students of which are interning at its respective departments;

   In this field the Commission cooperates with the USAID Project Civil Education and
    Teachers’ Retraining Programme;
             Educational Centre CCE

   One of the initiatives of the USAID Capacity Building in Energy Sector
    Project was establishment of CCE – training, applied researches and
    informational centre.
   CCE has been established by the joint efforts of USAID, GNERC,
    Georgian Technical University, A. Tsereteli University of Kutaisi,
    International School of Economics, Grigol Robakidze University and
    various energy sector organisations.
   The goal of the centre is spreading the energy related information,
    organising trainings and various educational programs.

   The Commission participates in various meetings supported and
    organised by NARUC and financed by USAID.

   In 1999, NARUC organised the first Partnership Program between
    GNERC and Michigan regulatory commission.

   The next Partnership Program involved Vermont regulatory authority.

   The Partnership Program with Kentucky regulatory commission is one
    of the most fruitful.

Achievement of Partnership between Kentucky Public Service Commission and
GNERC supported by NARUC:

inspecting licensees on the spot based on the customers’ complaints;

resolving disputes between the distribution companies and consumers locally,
through informal meetings;

rules for connecting new consumers to the power distribution networks;

online public meetings – use of the modern software projects;

regulation of quality of service – commercial service quality;

protection of consumers’ rights;

incentive based tariff methodology;

   Methodology of monitoring the regulated utilities;

   Deregulation process and preliminary assessment of the expected

   Preliminary assessment of the energy efficiency measures;

   Regulation promoting the development of renewable energy sources;
                    Energy Regulators Regional Association

   ERRA
   GNERC, along with the similar organisations from the other countries, is establishing
    memebr of the Association

   The main governing body of the Association is General Assembly, which includes all the full
    members. The goal of the Assembly is to supervise ERRA’s performance. The General
    Assembly meets once or twice a year

   ERRA has permanent working committees. These are: Tariff/Pricing and
    Licensing/Competition Committees. The member of former is the head of the GNERC Tariff
    and Pricing Commission Giorgi Iosebashvili, and of the latter – Commissioner Gocha Shonia.
    Besides this, the Association has Legal Working Group, member of which is the head of
    Legal Department Malkhaz Dzidzikashvili. The meetings of the permanent committees are
    held four times a year. The meetings discuss energy developments in the member states,
    exchange information and the existing experience. Various workshops and trainings are

   Association conducts the annual conference, which also includes the General Assembly and
    permanent committee meetings. At the annual conference, ERRA discusses the last year
    results and approves the plan for the next year.

   Energy-Community
    The Commission participates in the Energy-Community meetings with
    the status of observer. The Energy-Community has signatory parties
    with the status of members, observers and donors.
    Energy-Community has Regulatory Council and working
    SEE CAO.
    The Commission staff are members in both the Council and the
    working groups.
            International Water Association

   IWA
   The Commission is the member of International Water Association

   IWA is one of the largest, leading world network that covers all

   IWA unites ministries, regulatory commissions, water utilities,
    administrative units, institutes, etc.

   IWA arranges about 40 meetings every year.

    10 of the Commission staff are members of IWA.
         Conferences/forums/working meetings

From the day of its establishment, the Commission actively participates in
various international and local meetings and conferences.

The Commission staff memebrs participate in international forums, high level
meetings. Chairman of the Commission, together with the prime-minister and
minister of energy of Georgia, participated in the negotiations that were
conducted within the framework of Energy Charter.

20 to 25 business trips are arranged annually. Besides this, GNERC hosts
meetings in Georgia. For instance, the Commission hosted several ERRA
committee and working group meetings, meetings under INOGATE Program,
various regulatory commissions and international organisations.

The staff of the respective GNERC departments is awarded by the Certificates
for the Best International Cooperation.
     Participation in the Meetings 2011

   During 2011, 27 business trips were organised. Besides this, GNERC has
    organised several meetings in Georgia

   On February 14-15, 2011, GNERC hosted the meetings of ERRA Tariff and
    Licensing Committees in Tbilisi

   On December 13-14, 2011, Tbilisi hosted the meeting between Black Sea region
    countries organised by NARUC

   On June 23-24, 2011, Tbilisi hosted the INOGATE meeting Non-protected
    Consumers and Social Aspects of Pricing

   On March 29-30, 2011, Tbilisi hosted GIOGIE Conference, where GNERC made a
    presentation on Regulation of Electric Power and Natural Gas Sectors in Georgia.
    GNERC attended the GIOGIE Conference this year, and presented there, too.
                 Participation in Meetings 2012

   This year, thirteen business trips were arranged. Including:

   Fifth Activity under the Partnership Program, which implied the visit to Kentucky Public
    Service Commission, US.

   On July 5-6, 2012, Manila hosted ADB funded and organised meeting on technical
    assistance issues – Reforming Energy Sector;

   On July 3, 2012, Energy-Community hosted in its head office an official meeting under the
    title Georgian Day in Energy-Community. The management of the organisation and the
    representatives of the Commission participated in the meeting. They discussed main areas
    of cooperation and the future plans;

   On June 27-28, the representatives of the Commission participated in Seventeenth Athens
    International Forum;

   On may 30-31, 2012, GNERC participated EC funded and organised meeting, within the
    framework of Eastern Partnership Project;
International Projects

   Partnership Program NARUC/USAID

   Twinning – partner organisation E-Control (Austria)

   Consultancy services – Supporting Implementation of the Action Plan
    for Regulatory Environment; Pierce Atwood – EBRD

   INOGATE – technical standards; energy efficiency

   SEMISE - technical assistance; expert instrument

   ADB – reporting mechanisms
      Topics for the Future Meetings

Cross-boarder trade and potential access of the renewables to the
network (including connection to the network)

Regulatory instruments promoting investment into the renewable

Methodology for identification of the network service tariffs;

Specificities of dispute resolution in natural gas sector and monitoring
of the licensing process;

Regulation of quality of service in natural gas and water supply sectors.
Thank you for your attention!

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