ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Electricity Board will pay 36 rupees a unit to bulk customers who generate their own power in peak hours in a bid to avoid power cuts.
The CEB will buy electricity from bulk customers with generators between 0530h to 1830h in the day time and the night peak from 1830h-2230h, according to a circular issued to area
The amount will be set off against the next months bill.
The scheme will not apply from 2230h to 0530h block.
Energy metres are already at the premises of generator owners who have joined the self-generation scheme in the past.
Any new CEB customers who want to sell power from their generators can also join the scheme.
Area engineers are expected to canvass bulk customers to join the scheme.
Sri Lanka’s Public Utilities Commission, the power regulator this week denied permission for the CEB to have scheduled power cuts, exposing customers to unscheduled cuts if supply is not enough.
However the regulator said there was only a deficit of 30MW and which can be bridged by self-generation and in the weekend, demand would reduce.
The CEB earlier published a schedule power cuts, for which the regulator gave approval, allowing customers to plan their activities around the power cuts, but it was suddenly abandoned, resulting in ad hoc cut as fuel supplies were disrupted.. (Colombo/Jan27/2021)