Cover Osteuropa 4-5/2008

In Osteuropa 4-5/2008

Tradition before Innovation
Electricity Production and Energy Policy in Georgia

Manana Kochladze

Deutsche Fassung


Georgia has survived the energy crisis that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. But due to high energy prices and an outdated distribution network, not everybody has access to enough electricity and gas. Although the country has enormous potential for using renewable forms of energy and could provide the entire population with clean, cheap electricity, the government is building gigantic dams instead of small decentralised hydro-electric facilities, wind parks and solar power stations. The international community, on whose money and expertise the development of renewable energy in Georgia depends, is sending mixed signals.

(Osteuropa 4-5/2008, pp. 287–294)