Written by Lahiru Fernando
25 Apr, 2016 | 8:46 pm
The purchase of electricity by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) from private sectors for higher prices will be a cost the consumer will have to bear, says former minister Professor Tissa Vitharana. However, Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith P. Perera asserts that the consumer will not be burdened by the cost.
The Ceylon Electricity Board had sought the permission of the Public Utilities Commission on April 1, to obtain electricity from a privately-owned power plant in Embilipitiya. Rejecting the request, the Commission had informed the CEB that there is no need for urgent purchasing of electricity. However, the CEB had added 100 MW of electricity to the national grid after obtaining it from the privately-owned power plant in Embilipitiya.
Meanwhile, the Public Utilities Commission scrutinised the CEB for seeking permission to purchase 155 MW of electricity when the cabinet had only approved the purchasing of 135 MW at a time of need. The CEB had initially requested that permission be granted for the purchasing of 100 MW of electricity from the Embilipitiya power plant, while making another request for an additional 55 MW of electricity.
According to the leader of Lanka Sama Samaja Party Prof. Tissa Vitharana, the unit price is threerupees for hydro power, while in Norochcholai it is six rupees. He noted that according to his information, an agreement has been signed to make a payment of 31 rupees per unit to private companies. The additional cost, according to Prof. Vitharana, falls on the shoulders of the general public.
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