Sri Lanka looks to wind power

Sri Lanka officials have announced plans to build wind power capacity to boost electricity supply following a drought-induced power shortage last year. Tenders for a 3 MW pilot plant are under way, and the Ceylon Electricity Board plans to invest up to (US)$2 billion in wind and coal projects to diversify the energy base in the coming decade. The current 10-year plan would double generating capacity from 1,250 to 2,500 MW. Sri Lanka relies heavily on hydroelectric power which provides 84 percent of its current capacity.