Sri Lanka plans new tariffs to smoothen power peaks

June 10, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka state-run Ceylon Electricity Board is devising new tariffs with low off peak rates and penal peak rates to smoothen the daily peak load and push some industrial activities to low demand hours, officials said. At the moment industries get subsidized tariffs, while commercial and large households pay higher rates in a peculiarly discriminatory practice due to heavy lobbying by industrial users.

The utility will first fix meters which are capable to monitoring time-of-day tariffs to large industrial and commercial users but will also offer it to households. Minister Ranawaka says a meter will cost around 15,000 rupees.

arsha Wickramasinghe, from Sri Lanka’s sustainable energy authority, a government agency that promotes renewable energy says households could benefit by shifting activities like operating washing machine cycles to after the night peak.

Larger domestic users are slapped with massive charges of over 20 rupees a unit while industries get rates as low as 10 rupees under the current tariff rate.

Commercial establishments could also use brine cooling and ice cooling in the night which can be used for air conditioning during peak, Wickramasighe said.

He said such technology was u