Engineers of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) presently reviewing the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) approved version of the long term power generation plan are scheduled to submit shortcomings of the plan to the Commission this week.
The long-term generation plan is for a period of 20 years, reviewable every two years. Presently, the 2015 version is operative. The CEB this year as per the provisions of the Sri Lanka Electricity Act, No. 20 of 2009 and the Sri Lanka Electricity (Amendment) Act, No. 31 of 2013, submitted to the PUCSL an alternate least cost long term generation expansion plan for the next 20 years, to be operative from 2018.
Director (Development) at the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy, Sulakshana Jayawardena said that the CEB’s least cost base case scenario included coal, renewable technologies and liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The PUCSL had subsequently sought the public’s comments with regard to the CEB’s plan and held a consultation meeting and afterwards taking into consideration the comments from the consultations and drafted another proposal reviewing the original plan by the CEB. The said draft proposal’s least cost base case scenario involves LNG. Hydro, solar, wind, biomass, natural gas including LNG, and fuel oil are also sources which are included in the plan.
The least cost long-term power generation expansion plan seeks to ensure the continuous supply of electricity along with security in relation to energy.
“Engineers of the CEB are currently reviewing the PUCSL agency’s approved plan and will be highlighting the shortcomings of the PUCSL approved plan and making recommendations. It will be submitted this week, subsequent to which discussions will be held between the CEB and the PUCSL,” he added.