Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka today said the operations of three private thermal power stations would be closed down as a measure of energy conservation.
He said the power stations situated in Matara, Puttalam and Embilipitiya would be closed down in coincidence with the energy conservation month declared by his ministry.
However, the Kelanitissa Power Station will remain as a main power post.
He said that there were two charges for these thermal power posts, known as capacity charges and energy charges and they will have to pay capacity charges whether they use these power stations or not.
He said basically capacity charges come up to Rs. 3,600 million per year and by concluding thermal power stations they could save that expense.
Introducing a month to save power and energy, he said that the month will commence from May 15, under the theme “A country for tomorrow” (Hetak Wenuwen Ratak).
He stated that the ministry would educate the Three Forces, Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB), Department of Railways, Schools, companies and Government Institutions and those who use more electricity.
He noted that every company should appoint a power saving manager and at the end of the month the ministry would like to give token of appreciations for companies to those who saved energy and power.(Yoshitha Perera)
Can you please first prove yourself by improving the electricity supply in the country. Now the rainy season is round the corner. Usually with every rain, we have hours of power interruptions.
Mason Thursday, 14 May 2015 06:08 PM
Quite a foolish thing to be appointing "power saving managers" in every company. Will the government foot their salary bill ?
Ranil Wijeyesekera Friday, 15 May 2015 05:27 PM
Hope decisions like this get passed by the cabinet. Careful assessment that is transparent on capacity to ensure continuous supply. With oil cist down the equation has changed. An assessment on rainfall is necessary.
anura Thursday, 14 May 2015 06:46 PM
cleaver move sir.
Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 15 May 2015 09:54 AM
Comparatively a better Minister.
Lokka Thursday, 14 May 2015 06:51 PM
Dear Minister will you switch off the AS in your office to set an example?
Kingsly Wijesinhe Friday, 15 May 2015 10:06 AM
As an electrical engineer, Mr. Ranawaka should know that energy and power are not two different things. Power is merely the rate of generation or consumption of energy, that is energy per second. In fact, it is meaningless to say Ministry of Power and Energy..
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