Public Utilities Commission not approving power cuts

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) says that they were not informed of the power cuts imposed by the CEB and LECO island wide from 18th march onwards.

The power cuts have been necessitated because dry weather conditions has brought the water levels in the hydropower reservoirs down.

The CEB has been load-shedding without making the cuts official.

So power interruptions happened throughout the country during the day and night.

According to Jayanath Herath Director Corporate Communication of PUCSL, they had questioned the CEB about their move to carry out power shredding, while highlighting the fact that scheduled power cuts without prior notice is illegal. He also said that according to the license condition 30 (10) of the Electricity Transmission License, except for a sudden failure of plants, all other interruptions should be informed to the public with prior approval.

The Commission also referred to the CEB’s failure to implement the Least Cost Long Term Generation Expansion Plan (LCLTGEP) which the Commission has warned the CEB in 2016.

After a week of unofficial power interruptions from the CEB, today they officially announced that there would be power shredding across the country for 4 hours a day.

The PUCSL also issued the following notice to the public today saying to inform them about the power shredding which happened island wide from 18th march 2019

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