Sri Lanka power tariff proposal open for public comment

Mar 11, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s state-run Ceylon Electricity Board has sought increases in tariffs of over 100 percent for some categories for 2013, while keeping tariffs for places of worship and some industries at steeply subsidized levels. Places of religious worship, would continue to get the cheapest power, paying between 1.90 to 7.00 rupees a unit, compared to a cost of production over 20 rupees, though there is a small increase in some categories.

Larger households will no longer benefit from lower rates at the first few blocks as all units will be charged at the tariff applicable for the total use, according to CEB tariff proposals released for public comment by the Public Utilities Commission, the power regulator.

Small households below 60 units, who get the biggest subsidy after religious users have been proposed increases of up to 58 percent but they would still get power for about 10 rupees a unit or less even after a fuel adjustment charge.

Increases will be steeper between 60 and 90 units but they would receive a unit at under 11 rupees. Above 90 units however steep increases will be seen of up to 126 percent with a unit costing on average about 20 rupees with the fuel adjustment and fixed charges.

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