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Hydro-power generation has soared to 68.34 per cent of the total capacity owing to heavy rainfall in catchment areas, a spokesman of Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said today.

“The average capacity of all reservoirs has also increased to nearly 95 per cent. Consequent to better rainfall and increase in hydro-power generation, the CEB has discontinued purchasing power from private power providers (PPP),” he said.

Accordingly, the water level of main power-generating reservoirs such as Castlereagh stood at 92.7% to the spill level, Maussakele 92.8%, Kotmale 89.8%, Randenigala 93.6% and Samanalawewa 100 per cent as of yesterday.

With extremely-satisfactory water level and hydro-power generation, the generation of thermal power which is costly and harmful to the environment has dwindled. The CEB-owned thermal power plants have generated 29.13 per cent of power yesterday.

When inquired by Power and Energy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, the CEB Chairman said hydro-power generation was 68 per cent as of yesterday.

The CEB in mid-2018 produced only less than 20% of hydro-power and purchased heavily from PPP that contributed to increasing its losses and indebtedness.

The CEB’s accumulated losses are forecasted to top Rs.85 billion by the end of 2020. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)

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  • T.j.miSkin Monday, 23 December 2019 08:50 PM

    Reduce the price of electricity in immediately.try and save the power for the next six months during Wesak , New year and Poson. All ministers, embers of Parliament, provincial council ministers and members should pay electricity charges. Soon.

    sam silva Monday, 23 December 2019 11:36 PM

    Seems you have taken over SL administration.

    Diyawanna Donkey Tuesday, 24 December 2019 04:56 AM

    Since parliment is closed , Switch OFF all the lights . Will save more electricity as well .

    Peter marcellinus Tuesday, 24 December 2019 07:10 AM

    Everybody should pay their own electricity bills ,irrespective of their position ,from their earnings ,and not from peoples money collected as tax .


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