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Environmental Performance Reviews: Georgia

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Environmental Performance Reviews promote sustainable development throughout Europe. They present detailed studies on environmental position of each country and examine the framework for environmental policy and management.

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Energy and environment

Prior to 1991, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan were integral parts of the Trans-Caucasian Interconnected Power System. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Georgia entered into an energy crisis that still continues. The imported fuel and electricity that were ‘free’ under the interconnected power system now had to be paid for. Prices of gas and imported electricity increased suddenly to world market levels. In addition, the seasonal differences of Georgia’s hydropower generation, which had previously been balanced with imported energy, could no longer meet the higher demand in winter with domestic thermal power. Huge arrears in payments for imported gas and electricity led to Georgia’s supply being cut off.

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