Sri Lanka seeks to manage power demand

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Oct 02, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s power regulator is setting up rules for ‘demand side management’, but the main utility and other stakeholders have asked for fine tuning and await a load research study. “At present the marginal cost of production of power is very high,” Damitha Kumarasinghe director general of Sri Lanka’s Public Utilities Commission told a forum of power distributors and industry specialists.

“So it is very important that we embark on a very aggressive demand side management program, where the saved energy is of great value.”

In Sri Lanka the daily load curve is not flat and there is a steep peak in the evening, where large plants have to be deployed for a few hours a day, sharply increasing the cost base of the power sector.

The PUC had devised a draft set of rules with Price Waterhouse Coopers also looking at regional and international efforts and was seeking feedback from utilities and others, after calling for public comments.

State-run Ceylon Electricity Board which is the main distributor said the enactment of formal legislation should be delayed until a comprehensive load research survey is conducted.

Bandula Tilakasena, head of corporate strategy at CEB