Public Utilities Commission rejects proposal to purchase extra 55 megawatts of electricity

Sunday, 24 April 2016 - 12:52


The Public Utilities Commission has rejected the proposal submitted by the CEB, with regard to purchasing 55 megawatts of electricity as an urgent purchase of power from the private sector.

The Public Utilities Commission explains that the proposal would not only violate the CEB Act, but also breach the conditions stated under the licence granted to the CEB for supplying power.  

The Commission also shows that they have observed disparity in facts included in the relevant cabinet paper submitted by the CEB to the cabinet, and the facts submitted by the CEB to the Public Utilities Commission.

The commission further charges that despite receiving cabinet approval, the CEB has obtained consent by misleading the cabinet.

When our news team enquired the matter from the Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Energy Suren Batagoda, he stated that the purchase of power from the private sector was withdrawn, after considering the recommendations of the Public Utilities Commission.

He further told our news team that the Board made the proposal considering the high demand of power during the upcoming Vesak and Poson festival seasons.

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