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Sri Lanka raises power prices
15 Feb, 2012 16:16:26
Feb 14, 2012 (LBO) - Sri Lanka's power regulator has approved surcharges of between 15 to 40 percent on the bills of power users to recover a part of the cost of a steep fuel price increase, an official said.
Household customers using less than 30 units have to pay a 25 percent 'fuel surcharge', those using between 31 to 60 units 35 percent and those using over 60 units 40 percent, Jayatissa de Costa, chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka said.

General purpose business customers have charged an extra 25 percent 'fuel surcharge', industry 15 percent and hotels, the sector that is going through a boom and making the most profits also only 15 percent.

PUCSL director general Damitha Kumarasinghe said the surcharges will apply only to the tariffs on units of power and fixed fees and peak usage (kVA charge) will be excluded when calculating the fuel surcharge.

The CEB, and Lanka Electric Company, the island's second power distributor, will collect the surcharge from February 16.

State schools, hospitals and religious institutions would not have to pay the fuel surcharge.

De Costa said the highly profitable hotel sector was charged a low 15 percent surcharge on a government directive.

He also defended high fees on large householders - some of whom critics have said are already paying above cost tariffs - saying there were only a few such customers.

Sri Lanka's state run Ceylon Petroleum Corporation last week jacked up petroleum product prices including diesel and furnace oil by between 30 to 40 percent as credit taken by the power utilities worsened pressure on the exchange rate.

The rupee has fallen from 110 to around 120 rupees in the past three months.

Sri Lanka does not have an automatic pricing formula to adjust fuel prices which helps keep the economy and exchange rate stable.

State run Ceylon Electricity Board still received some fuels below market price, PUCSL officials said.

PUCSL was supposed to have increased power prices twice over the last six months but prices were kept down on political directions.

PUCSL said it will take over petroleum price regulation also soon.

Ad hoc state intervention of energy prices have long been a factor in balance of payments crises in the country.

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4. Kanaga Feb 16
A large domestic consumer can open a shop in front room and say he is commercial his bill will be very much less!. Going for Rooftop Solar will be a great option for all consuming more than 90 units/month

Please see -- https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ai8-3cELSaeXdDRKRnZ0LWJpdXhyNkE0MzRUSDBRYWc Solar PV in a commercial consumer of he puts his own money for the Solar Modules. These now available in Sri Lanka for Rs 300/W but international price is around $1/watt.

3. concerned Feb 15
Great, Thank yo so much. You lose billions then give your workers a 30% increase. Your coal fire station dont work, the water ones dont get maintained? My bill as a household is already 35,000 a month and you tell us this!!!! You are a waste of time! I am already installing my own solar system to avoid your so called excuses!! and blowing up my electrics with power off/on 110v 300v.......
2. hp Feb 15
Who are they (PUCSL) trying to fool by implementing unrealistic bands like less than 30 units?....

Any body who knows the share of consumers who consume less than 60 units a month in Sri Lanka!!!

1. mesh Feb 15
Crap. "He also defended high fees on large householders - some of whom critics have said are already paying above cost tariffs - saying there were only a few such customers" - if there are only a few why bother raising at all. Most households that have a refrigerator and/or TV, fan, iron will use more than 60 units. -