Although the electricity tariff has been increased in the past, it is not sufficient to cover the loss of the electricity board and thus, the request to increase the electricity bill has received cabinet approval. The aforesaid was disclosed at the Sub Committee on Identifying the Short ” Medium-Term Programmes related to Economic Stabilization of the National Council held Nove (29).
Accordingly, the Cabinet has approved to increase the electricity tariffs under two steps in January and June 2023 and accordingly the relevant measures are to be taken for the purpose of obtaining approval of the Public Utility Commission, said Mr. Rohan Seneviratne, Additional General Manager of the Electricity Board.
This was disclosed at the Sub Committee on Identifying the Short & Medium-Term Programmes related to Economic Stabilization of the National Council held under the Chairmanship of Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Member of Parliament.
The representatives of the government and private institutions related to the power sector were called before the Committee to obtain proposals for the purpose of solving the issues in the power sector.
In order to cover the current loss, the electricity bill should increase by about 70%, the electricity board representatives said.
The chairman of the committee also pointed out the dangers such as the collapse of businesses even if the electricity tariffs are increased with the aim of covering the loss of the electricity board.
It was also disclosed that the Electricity Board currently owes nearly 650 billion rupees as loans to various parties including banks and electricity suppliers. Electricity Board
representative stated that out of the amount to be paid, nearly 35 billion rupees are to be paid to the organizations that supplied renewable energy and 75 billion rupees are to be paid for Thermal power suppliers. Thus, it was said that it is expected to least make part payment to the suppliers from the 50-billion-rupee loan expected to receive.
The representatives of the renewable energy sector including solar energy and the representatives of other private institutions related to the power sector briefed the committee about their concerns and the reforms that should take place in the power sector.
The State Minister for Power and Energy Hon. Indika Anuruddha was also present at the Committee meeting held. The state minister, who joined the discussion with the representatives of the power sector, said that he would work to provide solutions to these problems.
State Minister Hon. Sivanesathurai Santhirakanthan, Members of Parliament Hon. Mano Ganesan, Hon. M. Rameshwaran were present at this Committee meeting held.
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