TBILISI 16-17 February 2016
«Demonstrate how we contextualize problems and define barriers will determine the solutions and suggested measures, but it is also crucial to reflect on how models can influence and in some respects restrict our thinking»
(Improving Energy Efficiency in Industrial Energy Systems-Thollander & Palm)
And I suggest after the venue in Tbilisi early this week, that infrastructures are always needed and thus, an urgent sense of funding resources compels decision makers to seek for investors, funds, banks, partner countries, and almost anyone who might contribute to fulfill the urgent sense.
And I wonder how much complex the task has become as «the basic infrastructures» have enlarged their portfolio beyond the traditional perspective: energy, transport, industry and governance structures, including now: IT, connectivity, systems mamagement, environment and new energy and educational – R&D infastructures, adding a necessary growing demand for soundness and further strategic perspective.
And how reliable and trustable it might be a partner country that is not putting together with the infrastructure demand the serious proposal and further vision of qualified manpower (money buys infrastructure – people/companies do operate them within a society).
Being the South Caucasus Region composed of a triad of countries (Armenia, Azerbadjan, and Georgia), it would be a must condition to explore their common resources reinforcing each countries capacities as well as their mutual interdependence (understood that interdependence can mainly, almost exclusively be built upon mutual confidence).
And I am not calling here that the embrionary union for the Caucasus Triad ought to follow the process of that of the Benelux (cultural and social approach being so different) but emphasizing the need for «effective in cost and efficient in their operation» infrastructures in the region looking at:
- Regional approach and broader Eurasian vision
- Maximization of resources and assets (in particular energy diversity) with a huge potential in complementarity and synergies
- Well balanced country dimensions for all three players
- Equal assimetry in their relative size with land neighboughring countries (Russia, Turkey, Iran)
- Complementary potential in their capacity to become a catalyst in terms speeding up the introduction of balancing mechanisms in the broader Caucasus Region
For above mentioned purposes, designing the take up of wind, solar and biomass and other flexible renewable resources (those that are not link to specific geographic locations as hydro) from the perspective of a balancing and flexibilizing mechanism within the Region would require of a focus beyond country local regulatory frameworks (FIT´s and the like), as well as developing a higher vision that would deliver in longer revenues, multilevel benefits beyond the inmediate investment returns and, as a matter of fact a more secured and dynamic environment as a result of a more resilient regional operating system.