Govt responds to CEB’s proposed electricity tariff hike

Govt responds to CEB’s proposed electricity tariff hike

Govt responds to CEB’s proposed electricity tariff hike

Written by Staff Writer

04 Oct, 2016 | 8:54 pm

The Ceylon Electricity Board has put forward a proposal, requesting that the  electricity tariffs be increased by 5%.

The CEB has been given the opportunity to make such requests once every six months, based on its expenditure and revenue. Thereby, a request was submitted to the Public Utilities Commission for the said 5% increase.

What is the Public Utilities Commission?
The Commission (PUCSL) acts as a regulatory body. If the CEB is to propose a tariff amendment, the proposal should first pass through the commission.

According to Kanchana Siriwardena, Director of Tariff & Economic Affairs at PUCSL, the proposal made by the CEB will not come into effect “just because they made the request”.

Siriwardena stated that as per procedure, the commission will look into whether the expenditure is efficient and fair and then inquire if it falls in line with government’s policy. He pointed out that any tariff hike/amendment will take place according to the government’s policy.

What is the government’s response on the CEB’s request?

Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, Ajith P. Perera said:

It is with utmost responsibility that we say that the electricity tariffs will not be increased.The Minister and I both, say clearly, that we will not allow any tariff hike to take place. We are a government which in fact reduced the electricity tariff.

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