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Sri Lanka’s power demand peaked at a new high of 1559.9 MW last night, as people plugged in to watch and listen with bated breath to the government’s maiden budget. Sri Lanka’s power demand peaked at a new high of 1559.9 MW last night, as people plugged in to watch and listen with bated breath to the government’s maiden budget.

The System Control division at the Ceylon Electricity Board said demand hit a record high at 7.30 pm last night over the usual night peak which hovers around 1521 MW.

Finance Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama batted on from 2.30 pm last afternoon till 8.30 at night, dishing out higher taxes, more jobs, as well as small industry and agriculture incentives.

Demand may have also surged with Amunugama delivering the budget speech in Sinhala this time – language of the masses – than in English.

The next surge demand is in the mornings, crossing the 1000 MW mark by 6.15 am on an average week day.

Sri Lanka is battling a capacity crunch in its generating system, with a lack of sufficient base load power to meet a 10 percent demand growth each year.

Existing capacity also falls short in emergencies such as drought which is n