Renewable power producers welcome flat tariff rate

By Ifham Nizam

The Bio Energy Association yesterday welcomed the government decision to grant a flat tariff to renewable power producers.

Association President Parakrama Jayasinghe told The Island that the government decision would yield positive results. He cited the new 63MW and 5MW dendro projects as examples. He said he believed solar and wind should have been given much prominence.

Last year, the  Ceylon Electricity Borad (CEB) planned to pay renewable power producers at reduced rates though the power sector regulator, the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), recommended that they be paid more.

Independent power producers welcomed the move by the PUCSL to increase purchasing price for most renewable energy by more than 20 per cent.

Considering the grievances of the power producers, former PUCSL Chief Dr. Jayatissa de Costa and his team came out with a flat 20-year rate, up 28 per cent, for new mini-hydro plants built in 2013.

Last year, the flat tariff for new mini-hydro plants was raised 28.07 per cent to  Rs 16.70 a kilowatt while those with locally made components were given a rate of Rs. 17.15.

Wind power flat tariff was raised 6.12 per cent to Rs. 20.63 a unit and wind local was higher at Rs 21.22.

The rate for biomass dendro––farmed firewood––was raised by 21.21 per cent to Rs. 25.09 a unit and that for biomass––agricultural waste––to Rs. 17.71.

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