Sri Lanka’s power utility to offer time-based tariff for houses
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s power regulator has approved a time-based tariff, which can be used to charge electric cars or run air-conditioners in the night off-peak by customers with single phase supply.
Time of use tariff were earlier given only to customers with three phase supply.
Under the optional tariff customers will pay 13 rupees after the night peak ends at 2230 hours until 0530 hours next day when people wake up.
During daytime until 1830hours when the night peak starts 54 rupees will be charged. During the night peak from 1830 to 2230, 54 rupees will be charged.
During off peak customers can time washing machines to operate and also use air conditioners.
Damitha Kumarasinghe, Director General of Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka the tariff will also help electric vehicle users. There are an estimated 4,000 EVs in Sri Lanka.
"The extension of ToU tariff to the single phase domestic users plans to encourage energy efficiency and will be benefited by the EV users in Sri Lanka where they can charge their vehicles at a lower cost," he said.
Many EVs came to Sri Lanka under an interventionist tax, win an excessively low rate and users were able avoid paying the tax that other car users pay to contribute to road maintenance.
Unlike petrol users, EV users also avoid paying massive excise tax and other taxes paid on fuel. During early morning hours a high proportion of the energy is made by coal and power utility can give a lower price that at peak. (Colombo/May06/2017)