The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka has sought public help with regard to input data for use in the preparation of the long-term electricity generation plan of the Ceylon Electricity Board in order to increase the transparency of the approval process.

The Commission, the electricity regulator of the country, in a statement released stated that they expected public comments on the input data parameters and assumptions of the Least Cost Long Term Generation Expansion Plan (LCLTGEP) 2018-2037 submitted by the Board.

Director General of the Commission, Damitha Kumarasinghe has stated that the comments made by the public regarding fuel prices, the social damage cost, costs and other parameters used in modelling renewable energy technologies and other conventional generation plants would be taken very seriously during the approval process of the plan.

Introducing the system of going before the public for their views, Kumarasinghe further added that Sri Lanka plans to generate 15,160 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity during 2017 with a peak demand of 2,585 Megawatts (MW) as the base case forecast data shows.

“The electricity generation forecast is shown as 49,121 GWh with a peak demand of 7,784 MW. The generation demand is expected to grow by 5.9% per annum during 2018-2022 while in addition, the peak demand is expected to grow at 5.1% per annum,” the statement adds.

Interested individuals and organizations can submit their comments on or before March 15, 2017, via email or fax 0112392641.

Sri Lanka has eight thermal power plants owned by the Board with a capacity of 1506.7 MW, operated using auto diesel, residual oil, furnace oil, naphtha and coal while input data shows that three committed thermal power plants with the capacity of 505 MW, which use natural gas, furnace oil and auto diesel for operation, will also be added.

The existing independent power producers generate 652 MW of electricity in Sri Lanka, the data shows.

Sixteen hydropower plants are functioning in Sri Lanka with the capacity of 1,388 MW and the data shows that three hydropower plants with the capacity of 182.2 MW are committed to be operated during the period of 2019-2022.