On 11 September, Energy Community Secretariat experts together with representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia (MOESD), Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC), Social Service Agency, EU Delegation to Georgia and international financial institutions held a kick-off meeting organized within the framework of the EU4Energy Governance project on development of the regulation on protection of vulnerable customers in natural gas and electricity sectors.
In the incipient phase, experts will work on establishing an overview of criteria defining energy poverty and vulnerable customers in the EU, highlighting best (national) practices and appropriate solutions targeting vulnerable consumers. As a result, the project will assist in defining the policy measures for fair treatment of vulnerable customers and developing a mechanism that prevents cross-subsidies, is verifiable and provides funding in a non-discriminatory manner.
The regulation will protect and empower vulnerable customers, and help to alleviate energy poverty in Georgia by ensuring that all citizens can adequately cover their household electricity and gas needs.
* The EU4Energy Initiative covers all EU support to improve energy supply, security and connectivity, as well as to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewables in the Eastern Partner countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It does this by financing projects and programmes that help to reform energy markets and to reduce national energy dependence and consumption. Over the longer term, this makes energy supply more reliable, transparent and affordable, thus reducing energy poverty and energy bills for both citizens and the private sector.
11 September, 2019