Georgia has implemented reforms in the energy sector resulting in increased power supplies nationwide. Nonetheless, energy services still do not meet the country’s needs. USAID projects help facilitate investment to build new hydropower production facilities, improve natural gas transmission infrastructure to increase the availability of gas for households and key economic development zones, and improve electrical power transmission through constructing new power lines, while promoting increased energy efficiency.
Georgian National Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (GNERC) Partnership Program Sept 2010– Sept 2015
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissions (NARUC)
This project fosters the exchange of experience and information between U.S. and Georgian energy regulatory bodies. It improves regulatory practices and develops institutional capacity in market-based regulation. Activities include fostering long-term sustainable relationships between regulatory bodies in both countries through conferences and creating a framework through which a U.S. commission works with the Georgian Energy and Water Regulatory Commission.
Black Sea Transmission Planning
Sept 2010 – Sept 2015
U.S. Energy Association (USEA)
This project analyzes the existing high voltage networks from a regional perspective to identify investments that will improve the network’s capacity to support electricity trade and exchange, while optimizing overall system security and reliability.
Power and Gas Infrastructure Program (PGIP)
May 2010 – Sep 2015
Government of Georgia (GOG)
PGIP assists the Government of Georgia to undertake strategic interventions in gas and power infrastructure aimed at enhancing the energy security of the country. It supports the ongoing efforts of Georgia’s power transmission company and Georgia’s gas transit operator to construct and rebuild necessary power and gas transmission infrastructure. PGIP consists of the following three sub-components:
1) Infrastructure Oversight and Capacity Building
Nov 2012 – Dec 2014
The project provides professional engineering technical services to support power and gas transmission improvements being undertaken by USAID on behalf of the Government of Georgia.
2) Construction of additional pipeline segments in Eastern and Western Georgia and procurement of operation and maintenance equipment
Feb 2014 – Dec 2014
Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation (GOGC)
The project funds the construction of an additional 60-km and 700-mm diameter pipeline sections on the East-West Gas Pipeline. Segments include sections between Zestafoni – Kutaisi and Gori-Kareli.
3) Electricity Transmission Upgrade, Reconstruction and Operation
Nov 2013 – Jul 2015
Georgian State Electrosystem (GSE)
This component includes procurement of ten substations, control and protection equipment, and the procurement of twelve substation 36/10/6 kV switchgear equipment.
Last updated: February 23, 2015