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In July 2019, the Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC) introduced changes to electricity supply and consumption rules and procedures, among which the prices and terms of connection of a new customer to the distribution network.

Customers are considered as new if they have never been connected to the distribution network before and electricity has never been supplied to them.

According to the decree of GNERC, 2008 (18/09/2008, decree #20) the fee of connecting new customers to the electricity distribution network was identical for each municipality, and was in the range of 400-416,000 GEL. Based on the changes in the decree, the connection fee for a new customer is defined in the following way: for the self-governing cities (Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Batumi, Poti and Rustavi) the fee has increased and varies between 600-749,000 GEL; for other municipalities, meanwhile, the fee range is 400–416,000 GEL. The fee depends on the capacity of the system (kWh). In the event that two or more new customers are connected simultaneously, 100 GEL will be added to the standard fee, which covers the costs of setting an additional metering node for additional customers.

On May 3, the US-based World Resource Initiative (WRI) published ‘How to Enable Electric Bus Adoption In Cities Worldwide’, which examines the process of adopting e-buses in sixteen case study cities. Tbilisi City Hall took the first couple of steps necessary to introduce the first electric bus in 2018 and is expected to scale up the number to 200 from 2020. Thus, this study could serve as guidance of what to look out for when changing existing bus fleets to e-buses. To smoothly adopt electric buses and make the process successful and sustainable, the report identifies four stages:

• Stage 0 to 1 centers around the reason why stakeholders wish to adopt e-buses in the first place. City officials and bus operators need to focus on whether e-bus adoption can match the city’s environmental targets. Before moving on to the next stage, stakeholders also need to ensure that there is infrastructure capacity that can handle the adjustment. This includes investigating whether the existing bus fleet hinders the introduction of e-busses, road conditions, electricity generation, and transmission and distribution ability.

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