Study Tour for GSE Employees in Germany
From October 30th to November 1st 2023, study tour for the employees of GSE and GNERC, organized by the international Consultants Consortium Fichtner GmbH& Co. KG was held in Germany. The study tour aimed at providing trainings for GSE and GNERC employees on the topic of Guarantees of Origin (GO).
During the study tour representatives of GSE and GNERC visited Fichtner offices in Stuttgart and Berlin, Service Provider’s office in Heidelberg and the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) in Dessau, which is the issuing body of GO in Germany.
Participants got acquainted with the operation of the platform for GO from renewable sources, received information about product design and features. Also they had the opportunity to get acquainted with EU legislative framework, which will allow Georgian side to plan relevant amendments to internal legislation and ensure strengthening existing mechanism of issuing the GO.
Since 2023, Georgian State Electrosystem started issuing the Guarantees of Origin for electricity in order to support development of renewable energy sources and to encourage using renewable energy sources for suppliers and consumers, accordingly it was important for Georgian delegates to benefit from Germany’s experience in the field.
The study tour was held within the framework of Organizational and Operational Support to GSE, which is financed by the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW. These assistance measures aim at supporting and strengthening GSE on an institutional level and accompany the investment measures in the framework of the Energy Network Improvement Programme (ENIP).
ENIP is an extensive investment programme into Georgia’s transmission infrastructure with a total investment of EUR 270 Mln., which includes funding from the German Government through KfW, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and a grant from the European Neighborhood Investment Platform (EU NIP).
Under ENIP, more than 561 km of transmission lines and 5 substations will be constructed and extended.