COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s power demand hit a new night peak of 2210.4 MegaWatts on March 23 amid hot weather, breaking a record held for nearly two years, data from the state-run Ceylon Electricity Board shows.
The new record was the highest since the 2,164MW peak demand reached on April 08, 2013.
The new daytime peak of 1,859.4MW was also reached on March 18.
Peak demand is reached usually in the hot weather months of March or on Vesak Day, a Buddhist religious holiday where households and temples use power to light up decorations.
Sri Lanka has also seen an economic downturn since over the past two years.
The peak power demand is from CEB’s large plants and does not include small plants that are not controlled centrally like private mini-hydros.