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The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy says that they had taken several measures including connecting emergency supplementary power, self-generation power schemes, operational coal and thermal power plants, energy conservation and management programmes and the distribution of light-emitting diode bulbs, to alleviate practical issues in hydropower generation.

Reiterating the call to the public to use electricity sparingly, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya recently announced that efforts would be taken to provide an uninterrupted power supply despite existing water levels only being sufficient to produce hydropower generated electricity till April 21.

Of the 400 gigawatt hours (GWh) required, Director (Development) of the Ministry, Sulakshana Jayawardena explained that at least three to four GWh was needed per day and once 200 GWh is reached, in view of the reservoir levels, there will be practical issues when it comes to generation.

According to the Ministry, necessary actions have been taken to provide uninterrupted power supply.

Meanwhile, circulars have been issued for Government establishments and Local Government authorities to conserve energy.

“Emergency supplementary power supply has been connected. This will amount to 60 megawatts (MW). With regard to self-generation schemes, the Ceylon Electricity Board will be paying bulk consumers utilizing generators Rs 36 per kilowatt hours (kWh). Three coal power plants are fully running. The capacity and availability of thermal power plants is also being looked at. Energy conservation and management programmes for power to be used in an efficient manner are being implemented. Light-emitting diode bulbs are given to low income households which consume less than 90 KWh per month. Competitive bidding processes are utilized for purchasing power. Solar and wind related programmes have been implemented,” Jayawardena emphasized. RLJ