May 22, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka's national grid operated by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) hit a new night peak demand of 1922MegaWatts on May 21, an official of the island's state run power utility said. The night peak was reached on the first working day after Vesak, a Buddhist religious holiday which is celebrated with lanterns and other illuminations around the country.
The new peak breached the record of 1892MW that was reached two years ago. It was also reached in May also after the Vesak festival.
In 2007 power demand growth was slow and the peak was not breached.
Sri Lanka peak power demand is reached in the late evening mainly with residential lighting and some industrial demand from industries running night shifts.