Regulatory Volunteers Making a Difference
Bobby McMahon is the Communications Manager for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ International Programs, which seek to empower the global community of regulators to drive meaningful change in their energy sectors.
It takes more than twenty hours to travel between Washington, D.C., and Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, by plane. But regulators on both sides of the world have been making this trek for more than a decade, sharing experiences and helping Georgia's electricity sector grow and develop.
Through the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development, NARUC and the Georgia National Energy and Water Regulatory Commission, GNERC, have collaborated on key regulatory issues since 2008. The partnership enabled the Georgian regulator to increase cross-border trade, liberalize markets, and improve regulatory effectiveness.
In particular, USAID and NARUC's partnership supported GNERC to achieve its goal of further integration with the European Union. In 2017, Georgia acceded into the Energy Community, a collection of European countries within and outside the E.U. working to create an integrated energy market across Europe and the Black Sea region. This marked a major milestone in Georgia's European integration efforts.