Feb 13 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Power and Energy, Transport Services Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has stressed that there will be no power cuts in the country in the future.
The Minister was participating as the Chief Guest in the National Conference on Renewable Energy organized by the Indian High Commission this morning (13) at the Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo. Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Vinod K Jacob was also present.
Minister Amaraweera said due to the prevailing drought situation, hydropower generation has come down to 30% and power generation by diesel and coal power plants has increased to 68%. Wind and solar power generation is up to 2 percent.
The Ministry of Power and Energy has taken all measures to provide electricity without any cuts even though there is a power crisis.
Minister Amaraweera pointed out that a unit of electricity purchased by the government at a unit price of Rs. 24 is provided to the public at a price of Rs. 16. Furthermore, the electricity to 1.7 million of low income families is provided at a very low cost of Rs.2.60 per unit.
The Minister said that although the energy supplier state-owned Ceylon Electricity Board incurs losses, the government does not intend to increase the electricity bills.
Further the government is ready to establish several new power plants by the year 2023 to provide electricity at even a lower rate, the Minister said.