Public Utilities Commission rejects CEB’s long term generation expansion plan

Public Utilities Commission rejects CEB’s long term generation expansion plan

Public Utilities Commission rejects CEB’s long term generation expansion plan

Written by Staff Writer

07 Aug, 2016 | 8:45 pm

The twenty-year,  long term generation expansion plan prepared by the Ceylon Electricity Board has been rejected by the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka. The plan had been drawn up by the Ceylon Electricity Board, after studying the demand forecast, generation capacity and prices.

The plan had been submitted with the signature of CEB General Manager M.C. Weerasekera. The base case plan of the Long Term Generation Expansion Plan from 2017 to 2036, the demand forecast for 2017 to 2041 and the projected future development of non conventional renewable energy from 2017 to 2036 had been submitted for the concurrence of the PUCSL.

However, the PUCSL noted in a letter to Weerasekera, that the commission was not in a position to approve the plan in full for five reasons.The letter, signed by PUCSL Chairman Saliya Mathew, notes that the CEB has not provided data on their evaluation, that only the base case had been submitted; while the least cost scenario is not visible and that no justification is provided for submitting a new plan instead of the plan for the period 2015 to 2034 on which the Commission’s directive was issued and the stakeholder consultation had already been carried out.

The Commission adds that the submitted plan is subject to government policy guidelines on which a policy directive is awaited.

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