Sri Lanka targeting affordable renewable energy: DG PUCSL

Jan 13, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s dependency on fossil fuels should be substituted with renewable options which are much greener and safer, a senior official said.

“In total, in 2015 about 45 percent of energy was through renewable energy including large and small hydro, wind and others. This is a very healthy situation,” Damitha Kumarasinghe, Director General, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) said.

“Currently 10 percent of energy in the system is through non-conventional renewable energy plants,” he added.

Experts say that Sri Lanka has good potential to generate renewable energy, given abundance of natural resources in the country.

Kumarasinghe says that the government policy was to have more renewable energy in the system given the environmental impact.

Data shows that 50 percent of Sri Lanka’s export income has to be spent to meet the country’s import demand of fossil fuel which is equivalent to approximately five billion US dollars annually.