Georgia transmits electricity to Russia early

18 February 2009 – A source at Georgia’s Electricity System Commercial Operator (ESCO) has told the Interfax news agency, that it has begun electricity exports to Russia.

Some 2.4m kWh are being transmitted by the Kavkasioni power line per day,

The electricity exports to Russia was precipitated by a sharp rise of the water level of the dam lakes of Georgian hydropower plants due to the spring thaw arriving early.

“Thus, Russian electricity imports, which had been conducted through Kavkasioni since the middle of last November, stopped,” the source said.

Georgia and Russia have an agreement on electricity exchange. Georgia receives electricity in the autumn and winter, and returns the supply in spring and summer.

According to the source, as of now, Georgia owes around 60m kWh of electricity to Russia.