New CEB GM brushes aside downward  tariff revision

By Ifham Nizam

Due to the unexpected surplus of hydro generation this year, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) was not much concerned about the stipulated targets, thermal or any other power sources, for next year. However, it was also too early to comment on the targets, CEB General Manager, Senior Engineer, Shavindranath Fernando said yesterday.

Fernando, who assumed the General Manager’s post yesterday, counts more than three decades at the Board. He is also the President elect of the Institution of Engineers of Sri Lanka and says it is too soon to decide on the next power tariff revision – benefitting the consumers – despite the staggering hydro intake this year.

On Thursday, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUSCL) Director General Damitha Kumarasinghe said that as the regulatory body to the energy sector they would not approve any waste or loss resulting from projection plans to be passed on to the consumers.

Meanwhile, CEB Hydro generation now stands at 18,720 MWh as against the total generation 34,158MWh. During the night peak hour hydro generation stood at 1087.7 MW as against total requirement 1988.4MW.

The good news was that unlike in the previous two years the hydro storage level stood at more than 1200GWh during most of the days this year.

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