Sri Lanka power users asked to conserve energy

July 05, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s power users should cut energy use by 10 percent to help avoid power cuts until more rain comes in the inter monsoonal period, power minister Champika Ranawaka said. “We will keep providing power. But if energy is conserved by another 5 percent, it will make it easier for us to manage,” Ranawaka told reporters Thursday.

“We want state sector private sector and households to save energy.”

A Sri Lanka power ministry handout estimates that about 1.6 GigaWatt hours of energy from a daily demand of 32 GWh had been saved so far.

Minister Ranawaka said entities that had large generators would be asked to generate power and provide them to the national grid.

Sri Lanka’s state-run power utility Ceylon Electricity Board is running on thermal maximum mode at a huge cost, losing 200 million rupees as prices are manipulated by the state.

Hydro storage was falling and was now down to 301.6 GWh.

Minister Ranawaka said the May to July South-West monsoon this year, and both the South-West and North-East monsoons had failed.

Inflows into during the year to June 2012 were down to 2123GWh, the lowest recorded over the last decade. In the year to Jun