ENERGO-PRO Georgia, in the first nine months of 2019 supplied Svaneti region with 50 million kilowatt hours of electricity, valued GEL 8 million. According to the company, residents of Svaneti region do not pay electricity tariff. In other mountainous areas of the country, the Government subsidizes 50% of the consumer tariff but the population in Svaneti has never paid for it. ENERGO-PRO Georgia claims that electricity consumption in the Svaneti region has increased lately, leading to financial loss for the company. An additional problem for the company is cryptocurrencies that consume electricity.
ENERGO-PRO Georgia explains that the decision was made about Svaneti region considering the location and social status. The company found out about bitcoin miners in the region, which resulted in consumption growth of electricity. To find cryptocurrency-generating devices, the company installed special devices but this process is taking place amidst a large population resistance and impedes planned work.