Energy regulator seeks public views on Sri Lanka’s long term power plan

Feb 28, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s electricity regulator the Public Utilities Commission is seeking public comments on the input data and assumptions of the Least Cost Long Term Generation Expansion Plan 2018-2037 submitted by the CEB.

In a statement the regulator said Least Cost Long Term Generation Expansion Plan of CEB is prepared based on the input data.

The input data specifies the demand forecast, reliability criteria, economic parameters, fuel prices, cost and other parameters that use to model new generation technologies, to identify and develop the least cost generation plant mix.

The input data will then be fed to the generation planning software, a model that permits the user to find an optimal expansion plan for a power generating system over a long period and within the constraints defined by the planner.

“This is the first time that we are opening the platform for public comments on the input data which will be used to develop the long term generation expansion plan,” DG of PUCSL, Damitha Kumarasinghe said.

“The comments on the fuel prices, social damage cost, cost and other parameters used to model renewable energy technologies and other conventional generation plants will be taken very seriously in our approval process of the plan.”

“We hope to increase the transparency of the approval process through this measure and increase the public participation in the decision making process of Sri Lanka’s most important energy generation plan.”

Sri Lanka plans to generate 15160 Gwh of electricity in the year 2017 with a peak demand of 2585 MW, the base case forecast data shows.

The electricity generation forecast for the 2042 is shown as 49121 Gwh with a peak demand of 7784 MW.

The generation demand is expected to grow 5.9 percent per annum during 2018-2022 while in addition the peak demand is expected to grow at 5.1 percent per annum.

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