Sri Lanka utilities regulator aims for electricity cost cuts

ECONOMYNEXT – The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) said it aims to further reduce electricity costs and charges while improving delivery quality and reducing accidents.

Releasing its Activity Plan for 2016 the PUCSL said one of its goals is to reduce by 10 percent by 2020 the total cost incurred in supplying electricity in 2013, subject to adjustments for the generation mix and fuel prices.

It also aims for a 10 percent reduction in real terms by 2020 in charges levied by service provider on services in 2013.

The Activity Plan for 2016 also aims to improve power quality and will ensure all electricity consumers receive the statutory quality levels, 230 V ± 6% for voltage and 50 Hz ± 0.5% for frequency by 2020.

The total electricity outage time experienced by a consumer within a year is also to be brought down to below 24 hours on average by 2025, according to the plan.

It also said the total number of electricity interruptions experienced by a consumer within a year is to be reduced to below 30 on average by 2025 while breakdown restoration time for consumer service line faults will be kept below two hours.

The plan said the PUCSL also aims to ensure the number of fatal electrical accidents is below 20 a year by 2020.  (Colombo/January 05, 2016)

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