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Power Cuts again: Planners’ worry now is about 2016

04 October in news

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Norochcholai Power plant: A postscript

03 October in news

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Electricity tariff hike: Costs vs pricing

05 June in news

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Not a single credible cost figure was quoted by any of the editors and reporters, who wrote miles of editorials and reports over the last few weeks on the subject of electricity costs and prices. All such editors and reporters, and the readers alike, and the protestors in Parliament and on the streets, took cover under much convenient terminology such as ‘corruption’, ‘private power’, ‘mafia’, ‘relief’, ‘subsidies’, ‘white elephant’, ‘solar power’, ‘privatization’, ‘reforms’, ‘water released’. Although electrical engineering involves a bit of complicated mathematics, the business of electricity production and supply involves arithmetic and logical thinking, just as in any...

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Sri Lanka’s Power Monopoly

04 April in news

04th April 2013, www.lankabusinessonline.com Costs claimed by Sri Lanka's power monopoly Ceylon Electricity Board are murky, the efficiency of expensive plants and other costs are not independently audited, respondents at a public hearing on a proposed tariff hike said. Disallowing around 30 billion rupees from the tariff filing also raised more questions about cost transparency he said. Siyambalapitiya said the inclusion of three retired power plants for dispatch in 2013 by the CEB, and PUCSL’s assumption that such energy can be provided by hydropower plants, were both irresponsible actions. He said CEB's tariff methodology misinterpreted an established tariff methodology. A bulk supply...

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Generation situation and economics of Sri Lankan power sector

26 March in news

“When we talk about power generation situation, we have to consider three issues namely; adequacy of generation, cost of generation and the generation mix” said Dr. Tilak Siyambalapitiya, senior energy consultant, during an interview with EnergyzEE team. Adequacy of power generation in Sri Lanka What do you think about the current situation in terms of generation capacity in Sri Lanka? “Sri Lanka has adequate generation capacity as for now, and if we continue with the generation projects that are ongoing as well as being planned, and build them on time, there should be no capacity shortages”. Then why did we have power-cuts in August,...

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Poor transparency burdens consumers

02 September in news

Despite the cost of electricity declining in Sri Lanka in real terms the benefits have not been transferred to the consumers, because of the failure of the regulator to publish the cost structure and make the process of conversion of cost to prices transparent, an energy sector consultant revealed.“If you look at the cost structure in manufacturing a unit (kWh) of electricity in 2011 it has declined to Rs.14.96 from Rs.16.91 from a year earlier. This has been achieved due to generation capacity cost being lower due to the debt moratorium and lower fuel cost due to Puttalam Power Plant...