The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has incurred a daily loss of Rs.167 million since August, this year due to the dependence on thermal power for electricity generation, Minister Champika Ranawaka said in Parliament today.
Mr. Ranawaka, the Power and Energy Minister, said that the CEB had to depend on thermal power for generation of 80-85 percent of the country’s electricity requirement because hydro electricity generation was challenging under the prevailing dry spell.
He said that it would be difficult to operate the CEB if the prevailing unfavourable weather pattern continued.
“Electricity prices are determined by the Public Utilities Commission. If the bad weather continues, we will have to take action for the smooth operation of the CEB without leaving any room for its breakdown. Such action is warranted for an uninterrupted supply of electricity using thermal power to a large extent,” he said.
The Minister was responding to a question raised by UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake in this regard.
Under normal conditions, the CEB generates 48 percent of electricity from thermal power, 47 percent from hydro power and the rest from wind and other energy sources. (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)
Comments - 12
Mohamed Nilam Thursday, 20 October 2011 04:45 AM
Pls introduce nuclear energy power and reduce our bills. Close the coal power plants.
TMA Wednesday, 19 October 2011 10:02 AM
Wind? What ever happened to those norachchole & kerolapitiya
sukiri Wednesday, 19 October 2011 10:04 AM
Its high time to go nuclear
ajith Wednesday, 19 October 2011 10:02 AM
It is a shame that we still could not solve supplying continuous Electricity to a tiny island like Srilanka so long after indipendence . but the government boast about Thermal power and so on...
Raj Wednesday, 19 October 2011 10:04 AM
Why we built coal power plant ??????
willowsw Wednesday, 19 October 2011 10:05 AM
what about the statement you made about 3 months ago, 2 bil profit???
Kamal Wednesday, 19 October 2011 10:57 AM
A loss of 167milion. Impossible, 167X30=5010Million for a month. I dont think we would incur more loss if we produce electricty by Diesel. The loss would be lesser.
izmie Wednesday, 19 October 2011 11:01 AM
Another way to increase the electricity rates. What happened to the electricity promised when noracholai and moragatenna power plants were completed.
Mifaz Wednesday, 19 October 2011 10:36 AM
We don't care what ever the numbers you show. Do not try to increase our electricity bills.
Seni Wednesday, 19 October 2011 11:03 AM
Or switch to alternate energy that is slightly less inexpensive such as wind power? It is very advantageous given the country's geographical positioning
Roshan Wednesday, 19 October 2011 11:15 AM
A good excuse to increase the Electricity rate.
leel Wednesday, 19 October 2011 01:49 PM
Norochchole can not run on coal until it reach 170 MW. Then only it can go with coal
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