Green Alternative statement regarding the planned signing of the Georgia-EU association agreement in June 2014

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Association Green Alternative welcomes the planned signing of the Georgia-EU association agreement in June 2014 and Georgia's desire to become a full member of the European energy community. We strongly believe that fundamental reforms are urgently needed in order to approximate Georgian legislation with that of the European Union with respect to the environment and …

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Statement on the natural disaster in the Dariali gorge, 17 May 2014

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The landslide in the Dariali gorge of the Kazbegi municipality has killed several people and left others missing. The disaster also damaged a section of the road formerly known as the Georgian Military Road. According to the state security and crisis management council, several people have been trapped in the Dariali hydropower plant’s derivation tunnel, …

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Darliali hydropower plant project

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The Georgian company JSC Dariali Energy has requested a loan of up to USD 80 million from the EBRD for the 108 MW Dariali hydropower (HPP) project. Theproject involves the construction of a derivation-type HPP on the Tergi river in the municipality of Kazbegi. The project will divert water from the town of Stepatsminda towards the powerhouse close …

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The Shuakhevi hydropower plant project

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Adjaristsqali Georgia LLC (AGL), a subsidiary of the Norwegian Clean Energy Invest, has requested up to USD 86.5 million from the EBRD for the construction of the 185 MW Shuakhevi hydropower plant (HPP). The project involves the construction of the 22-metre Skhalta dam (with a 19.4 hectare reservoir) and the 39-metre Didachara dam (with a 16.9 hectare reservoir) on …

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Russian energy giants and lobbyists for a mega dam

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A campaign run by lobbyists in favour of the Khudoni hydropower project has recently become more and more aggressive. At stake is the reputation of the investor ‘Transelectrica limited,’ as it was unable to fulfill the conditions of its contract with government in that it failed to receive a construction permit by 1 March 2014. …

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“Fools and liars” – major new report slams mega-dams, as tensions rise over Georgia’s Khudoni project

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A new report published on March 10 by a team of researchers from the University of Oxford, based on the largest ever study of large hydroelectric dams (245 in 65 countries) has found that in most cases large dams are economically not viable and few, if any, will realise their planned benefits. The study assessed the costs, …

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Georgian Ministry of Energy orders use of force against local protesters who fear landslides from hydro construction

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Georgian Ministry of Energy orders use of force against local protesters who fear landslides from hydro construction Last weekend, the Georgian Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources again left no doubt about where its main interests lie: enforcing the massive exploitation of Georgia’s hydropower potential despite and against people’s concerns and if necessary by use …

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Promoters of mega-dam in Georgia use front group and PR campaign and discredit local community

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Promoters of mega-dam in Georgia use front group and PR campaign and discredit local community.  Georgian public opinion backs the village of Kaishi in the Georgian mountains that defiantly defends its land and tradition against the planned Khudoni dam. The project promoters have now embarked on an all-out promotion campaign including a fake non-governmental organisation.

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Request for submission of research proposal

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Association Green Alternative is implementing the project funded by Open Society Georgia Foundation ”EU Energy Community – Challenges for European Integration”.The objectives of the project are: To identify institutional, legal and policy changes that are instrumental to ensure the implementation of EU-Georgia Association Agreement and to become the full member of the  EU Energy Community; …

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Georgian hydro projects are a test case for the EBRD’s good governance policies

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As activists pointed out at a consultation meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia's hydropower sector has plenty of lessons to be learned by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Yesterday in Tbilisi, during a public consultation on the good governance policies of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, an unexpected thing happened. A Georgian activists …

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