Author Archive for Energy

SC rejects request for interim order preventing power cuts during A/L exam

Friday, February 3rd, 2023

Courtesy Ada Derana The Supreme Court today (Feb. 03) rejected a request made by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) to issue an interim order preventing the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) from imposing power cuts during the ongoing 2022 G.C.E. Advanced Level examination. A petition filed by the human rights group against the […]

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Uninterrupted power:CEB vs. PUCSL clash worsens

Saturday, January 28th, 2023

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Courtesy The Morning The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) yesterday (28) reaffirmed that the existing power cuts would continue despite recommendations by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) to provide an uninterrupted power supply during the period of Advanced Level examinations, which are being held until 17 February. The CEB’s stance […]

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Requesting for prompt approval for electricity tariff increase – PUCSL tells National Council

Wednesday, January 25th, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana Members of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) stated before the National Council that they unanimously agreed to send documents to the Attorney General requesting for advice regarding the possibility of increasing the electricity charges retrospectively and requesting for prompt approval for the increase in the electricity charges.  Accordingly, the members […]

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Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka summons Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka and Power & Energy Secretary

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has summoned the Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Energy, and the Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) for an inquiry as to why they failed to prevent the implementation of power cuts during the ongoing 2022 G.C.E. Advanced Level […]

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Rift in PUCSL likely to pave way for proposed electricity tariff increase

Saturday, January 21st, 2023

By Nishel Fernando Courtesy The Daily Mirror PUCSL Chairman alleges political authorities have influenced commission members to reverse earlier unanimous decision to reject interim and retrospective electricity tariff hike Says commission members were called by president to Presidential Secretariat without informing him Points out political interference into affairs of an independent commission such as PUCSL […]

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Rift in PUCSL after three members agree to retrospective electricity tariff hike

Friday, January 20th, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana The chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), Janaka Ratnayake says he would seek legal action to defend the independence of the commission. Addressing a media briefing in Colombo today (Jan. 20), Ratnayake explained that the PUCSL had initially decided to oppose the retrospective electricity tariff hike green-lighted by the […]

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PUCSL declines to revise electricity tariff

Monday, January 16th, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana The Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has informed in writing to the Cabinet Secretary, declining to revise electricity tariffs as approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.   PUCSL Chairman Janaka Ratnayake has informed the Cabinet of this decision in writing, citing reasons as per the Electricity Act of 2009. […]

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The correct method of costing electricity

Tuesday, January 10th, 2023

By Dr Tilak Siyambalapitiya Courtesy The Island At a time the entire society is confused about who does what in determining electricity costs and prices, it would be useful for the learned and intelligent Sri Lankans to examine the correct procedure. What is written here is practiced across the civilized world, in countries where electricity […]

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CEB, Ministry or Cabinet Ministers do not have authority to increase electricity tariff: Champika

Tuesday, January 10th, 2023

Courtesy The Daily Mirror According to the electricity board act and the Public Utilities Commission act, either the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), the Power and Energy Ministry, or the Cabinet Ministers do not have the authority to increase the electricity tariff, Former Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka today said. He told the media […]

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Cabinet gives consent to implement cost effective electricity tariff from Jan.

Monday, January 9th, 2023

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Kanchana Wijesekera, Minister of Power and Energy stated that cabinet approval has been granted to amend the general policy guidelines for the electricity industry and to implement a cost-effective electricity tariff beginning from January 2023.

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PUCSL refuses to accept tariff hike, says CEB doesn’t incur huge loss

Monday, January 9th, 2023

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) today said that they cannot accept the proposed electricity tariff hike and said the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is not incurring a huge loss over the past few years. While accepting the public petition signed by 6.9 million electricity consumers at his office, […]

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IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION OF SRI LANKA A HERO OR VILLAIN?

Monday, January 9th, 2023

By Sanjeewa Jayaweera Courtesy The Island Currently there is an ongoing tussle between the Power & Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera (KW) in one corner and Janaka Ratnayake (JR), the Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), in the other. As a result, the Minister is on his own, whilst JR is supported […]

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Port & Aviation Levy on solar panel static converters/inverters lifted

Wednesday, January 4th, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka has lifted the Port and Aviation Levy (PAL) on solar panel static converters/inverters. Taking to Twitter, State Minister of Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said this comes into effect from January 01, 2023.

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Minister announces proposed tariff structure by CEB

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera today reiterated that the proposed tariff structure had been proposed by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB). The minister has shared the proposed tariff structure for a cost-reflective electricity pricing formula on his official Twitter account as an official message. Accordingly, there are details relating to […]

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Cabinet postpones considering proposal to hike electricity tariff

Monday, January 2nd, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekara has submitted the Cabinet Paper on the proposed revision of electricity tariffs to the Cabinet of Ministers at today’s meeting.  Meanwhile, it is reported that the Cabinet has postponed considering and reaching a decision on the cabinet paper to next week’s meeting. In addition, Minister Wijesekara […]

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Lanka expects India, Japan, New Fortress to join in LNG deal: Minister

Sunday, January 1st, 2023

Courtesy The Island ECONOMYNEXT –Sri Lanka is expecting companies from Japan, India, Japan, and New Fortress Energy of the US to jointly come up with a proposal to supply a liquified natural gas terminal, Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said.Sri Lanka is building two LNG-capable 300MW-sized combined cycle power plants but has no terminal to […]

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CEB Tariff increase

Thursday, December 29th, 2022

Sugath Kulatunga Minister Kanchana Wijesekera insists on a CEB tariff hike in January of about 60% to 65%. Already there has been a steep increase of the electricity tariff and the proposed increase above the present increase will heap more burdens on the consumer who is finding it difficult to make ends meet. One cannot […]

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International Coal Tender awarded to Indonesian company

Tuesday, December 27th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The international tender to purchase coal was awarded to an Indonesian company called ‘Arista Mitra’, the Lanka Coal Company (LCC) announced today (27). This announcement comes after the Cabinet cancelled the tender that was initially awarded to United Arab Emirates-based Black Sand Commodities FZ-LLC due to a legal case filed over […]

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Will provide 5 KW solar system to all religious places within three months: Kanchana

Tuesday, December 27th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror A program will be implemented to provide solar panels to all low-income religious places through the Indian Credit Line within three months to provide at least a 5 KW solar system free of charge.  Addressing the media, Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said the majority of religious places use less […]

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Fuel consumption in Sri Lanka drops 50% in December

Monday, December 26th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The fuel consumption in Sri Lanka has plunged by 50 per cent in the last months of 2022, compared to the first few months of the year, the state-owned fuel distributor Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) said on Monday. The company said daily fuel consumption averaged 5,500 tonnes between December 2021 and February 2022 […]

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Coal shipment to arrive in January

Wednesday, December 21st, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Chairman of the Lanka Coal Company, Shehan Sumanasekara, reassured today (Dec. 21) that the country will not run out of coal by December 31. They expect the 6th vessel carrying coal to dock at the Puttalam anchorage within the first week of January 2023. He added that the shipment had been delayed due […]

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Invite global renewable energy organizations to Sri Lanka – Solheim

Wednesday, December 21st, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s International Advisor on Climate Change Eric Solheim has proposed him to invite all global organizations on renewable energy for a conference to discuss Sri Lanka’s way forward in this regard and to obtain their assistance in preparing policies to achieve these targets. He made these comments during a meeting held […]

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Diesel consignment donated by China to reach Colombo tomorrow

Friday, November 25th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana A total of 10.6 million litres (9,000 metric tonnes) of diesel donated by China to Sri Lanka is scheduled to reach the island nation tomorrow (Nov. 26), the Embassy of China in Colombo said in a tweet. Oil tanker Super Eastern” carrying the diesel consignment has left Singapore and it will berth at […]

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World Bank eyes huge offshore wind potential in Sri Lanka

Friday, November 18th, 2022

Courtesy Energy Voice Sri Lanka’s offshore wind resource far exceeds the South Asian nation’s energy demand, and its development could help the country’s economic recovery by displacing costly fuel imports, according to the World Bank. Sri Lanka’s offshore wind resource far exceeds the South Asian nation’s energy demand, and its development could help the country’s […]

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CEB maps out plan to add 2,800+ MW of renewable energy to national grid

Wednesday, November 9th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekara says that after 06 months of discussions, the officials of Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) have finally mapped out a plan to accommodate more than 2,800 Mega Watts of renewable energy to the existing grid between 2022-2026.  In a tweet, the minister said that he had a […]

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Sri Lanka Can’t Afford Enough Fuel Imports, Energy Minister Says

Tuesday, November 1st, 2022

Courtesy Bloomberg (Bloomberg) — Sri Lanka is still struggling to afford international fuel prices and is unable to fully procure the country’s requirements, Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said. The cash-strapped country is still seeking financial assistance from oil-producing nations, but has yet to secure any aid apart from an existing deal with India, […]

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China donates over 10 Mn litres of diesel to Sri Lanka; shipment scheduled in Nov.

Tuesday, November 1st, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana China has donated 10.6 million litres of diesel to farmers and fishermen in remote areas of Sri Lanka, to upgrade livelihood in the most affected sectors of agriculture and fishery. The shipment is scheduled to arrive between November and December, according to the Chinese Embassy in Colombo. Reassuring support for Sri Lanka, the […]

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Committee report on restructuring energy sector to be submitted to National Council soon

Friday, October 21st, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera has informed the National Council that the report of the committee for the restructuring of the energy sector would be submitted within two weeks. At the same time, the minister stated that the National Council is also expected to be informed about the proposed measures to […]

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Sri Lanka secures long-term credit line from Russia to procure fuel

Wednesday, October 19th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Moscow announced that a productive discussion was held with the Russian Government on the possibility of obtaining a long term credit line in order to procure fuel to Sri Lanka.  The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Russian Federation, Prof. Janitha A. Liyanage attended this discussion on […]

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Second Reading of Petroleum Products (Special Provisions) Amendment Bill passed in parliament

Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The Second Reading of Petroleum Products (Special Provisions) Amendment Bill was passed in the parliament today (Oct. 18) by a majority of 60 votes. During the division, a total of 77 pa The Second Reading of Petroleum Products (Special Provisions) Amendment Bill was passed in the parliament today (Oct. 18) by a majority […]

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